“No, it’s delusional to think that playing with toy guns leads to violence in later life”
It is not delusional to think that playing with realistic video games leads to violence later in life - it is a fact.
Think not, ask the real experts. Ask the military what percentage of their troops fired their weapon the first time they were in combat during Viet Nam. Then ask what percentage fired their weapon the first time they were in combat during Desert Storm. Then ask where billions of dollars has gone during the last twenty years.
Yep, realistic video games. And they work. Of course the military has troops spend a couple of hours playing the game for every 6 or more hours they spend in classrooms and training. One type of training removes the inhibition to shoot at another human being, and the other type of training teaches when it IS permissible to shoot at another human being.
Of course a kid a home (like the most recent one) only engages in one kind of training.
But you say to yourself, “wait, if this is the cause, why aren’t zero and plugs after the gaming industry.” Just look at who EA and the other big game companies contribute to.
Never mind, the problem is just guns.
The “games” the troops “play” in training, are designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of strategies. Simply stated, it’s easier to have them try “every man for themselves” and get wiped out (with accompanying push-ups); and then have them do the same re-enactment using troop maneuvers that they have been taught (defeating the foe, with minimal loss of life).
Any game, with a mentally unstable individual, can cause problems. I believe we have had a few individuals commit suicide over a game of Monopoly. You can’t stop an insane person from doing insane things - blaming an inanimate object simply places the responsibility that an individual should bear, onto an object.
Mentally competent individuals realize that a video game is nothing more than fantasy. Whether it’s Star Wars and defeating the Empire (crushing the Rebels), Doom and destroying the demonic horde, Halo and defeating the alien invaders, or combat based.
Or, we could blame inanimate objects and start burning books again.