My name is Matt, and I’m an aspiring college student majoring in Computer Science. I originally chose my major because I wanted to work on video games. I felt I was a creative person who could work with ‘modern-day storytelling.’ (That’s what I like to call it)
However, I’ve also wanted to lead a morally good life. I wouldn’t want to do condone any game that is morally questionable (Rockstar Games - the maker of Grand Theft Auto - is obviously not on my hot list of employers).
I recently found that the pope had something to say about video games. Here is a memorable quote: “Any trend to produce programs and products – including animated films and video games – which in the name of entertainment exalt violence and portray anti-social behavior or the trivialization of human sexuality is a perversion, all the more repulsive when these programs are directed at children and adolescents.”
It seems that violence is the top “priority” in making a game, with sexuality coming in a close second. Developers are becoming more and more permissive in the content they put in games. Go figure - games with it tend to do better than games without it. People are attracted by the racy subject matter. As demands and sales go up, more of these questionable products are made. Some people who play these eventually learn to develop them! This has become a vicious cycle. As the cycle continues, people are effected by the subject matter - spiritually and psychologically, and morality seems to become a distant, abstract concept.
I really don’t like the way the industry is going. People can’t let the problem get bigger - it has to be nipped at the bud…somehow. I don’t think video games should be banned - the majority of people would not accept such a proposal. Attorney Jack Thompson has tried several things and has failed. I want to do something that is not only acceptable to people but also acceptable to God. In light of these difficulties, I’d like to ask some social questions:
**1. Should the change start from the consumer end or the producer end?
I believe sexuality should be done away with entirely - it’s just not necessary. While I would agree that many games (like God of War, Grand Theft Auto, and Gears of War) are EXCESSIVELY violent, I’m not sure if ALL violence should be taken away. How much is too much?
This is too much to demand of one man with little influence (like me). Is there any advice to offer anyone who wants a career in games yet wants to lead a morally sound life?**
Sorry about the lengthy question. This is something I’ve wanted to get off my chest for a while. Thanks for hearing, and I hope to hear from you soon.
P.S. (To gamers: I think Hideo Kojima is onto something, but he’s not quite there.)
P.P.S. This is my first post!