Skip to comments.Dave Grossman: First-Person Shooter Videogames Should be Banned
Posted on 01/04/2013 5:43:51 PM PST by Katechon
The first juvenile mass-murder happened for the FIRST TIME in recorded human history in the late 1970s, in California. In 500 years of gun-powder combat, not once had a juvenile committed multiple homicide. We had a couple in the 1980s, and now it's out of control. So what happened?
It's Pavlog Dog, said Lt. Col. Lt. Col. Grossman: our youth is being conditioned from childhood by videogames to be "First-Person Shooters, (FPS) and to associate killing, human death and suffering with reward and pleasure.
Videogames are not "games"; they are mass-murder simulators, Grossman says.
Our kids are being wired from childhood by hyper-violent and realistic video games to be brainless killers, precognitively loaded to be potential murderers. And if videogames are training them to be killers, the movies and many TV shows are the propaganda machines of the gang-bangers.
In videogames, kids are being rewarded to kill, but without any of the benefits coming from the disciplinary training of the Army. And this rewarding response to killing another (virtual) human being deactivates our innate resistance to murdering.
Everyone is born with a deep resistance to killing any member of ones own species; and this resistance is a key factor in combat.
Most participants in close combat are frightened out of their wits, says Grossman. But proper operant conditioning reliably influences the midbrain processing of a frightened human being.
Fire drills condition terrified school children to respond properly during a fire. Conditioning in flight simulators enables frightened pilots to respond reflexively to emergency situations.
Once the bullets start flying, combattants stop thinking with the forebrain (cerebrum) and start thinking with the primitive midbrain. The limbic system and the hypotalamus are in action while killing; whilst the rational brain is deactivated. But even the midbrain processing powerfully resists to the killing of ones own species; it's a survival mechanism preventing a species from destroying itself.
To overcome this innate resistance to killing other human beings, the military and law enforcement communities have developped operantly conditioned devices using killing simulators in training. Turning killing into a conditionned response.
By the middle of the XXth century, the Human Resources Research Office (HumRRO) of the US Army pioneered a revolution in combat training. This paradigmatic shift would lead warriors firing at bullseye targets to warriors firing at man-shaped pop-up targets that fall when hit.
Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall observed that only 15 to 20 percent of the individual riflemen in World War II fired their weapons at an exposed enemy soldier. When left to their own devices, 80 percent of the combatants appear to have been unable or unwilling to kill.
But murder simulators produced a dramatic increase in participation in killing. More effective tactical and mechanical mechanisms were developped to enable or force combatants to overcome their resistance to killing.
The application and perfection of conditioning techniques increased the rate of fire to approximately 55 percent in Korea and around 95 percent in Vietnam, says Grossman.
The militarys marksmanship training program, with its pop-up targets, constitutes an highly effective operant conditioning.
Military behaviorists found out how to overcome our innate resistance to murder; they brought way up the percentage of killers among the platoons by incorporating reactive training with humanoid pop-up silhouettes.
Now the video industry has kids playing video games for hours at a time, blasting away at humanoid targets which explode in blood and gore when you shoot them.
In First-Person Shooter videogames, you pull the trigger and the human explodes in high-def blood and gore in front of you. And you do it again and again and again, while eating chips, drinking pop and smelling your girlfriend's perfume. This reconditions the kids to be ready to pull any actual trigger on any living human. Those videogames should be BANNED, restricted to military and law enforcement training.
First person shooter games, are cartoons.
Movies are real life imitations of violence.
How come no one else sees this ?
Don't tell people in New Mexico that. William Bonney was a teeny-bopper when he started his killing spree that led to lots of officers trying to track him down.
Ridiculous. Calls for yet more bans. What game was at fault in the late 70s—Pong?
It's also only recently in recorded history that we classify teenagers as juveniles rather than adults.
Maybe the core problem is something else. My parents are still married. For all their flaws, I thank them for giving me a level of certainty in my childhood.
Ban single motherhood, ban dads working more than 40 hours a week, ban day care, ban high taxes, ban atheism, ban, ban, ban, ban, ban. Then, when the next nutjob goes psycho, ban some more stuff! Put every American in a small cell and feed us all bread and water. No stimulation. No extra calories. No energy consumption. Handcuff us to our cots at night, escort us to our work during the day.
Maybe then, we can finally be SAFE!
Ban guns. Ban video games. Ban movies.
What nobody is asking for is to ban mentally damaged people (from little monsters in middle school to toothless hobos on the streets) who barely blocked by chemical doses from going murderous/suicidal. There are millions of mentally damaged people who can snap and kill a lot of people.
That’s not his point.
Grossman argues that videogames are producing a whole generation of potential mass killer; that the exceptions of yesterday are becoming the norms of today.
Same problem as banning guns, except without the explicit Constitution recognition of the right: freedom.
People need to get this through their heads: IT IS NOT GOVERNMENT'S PLACE TO TELL THE PEOPLE WHAT TO DO! If it doesn't harm someone else, leave us alone!
By Grossman’s standards I should be locked up for life. Probably killed hundreds of thousands over the years...:)
He does not want to ban movies.
And this is not mutually exclusive to restrict gun access to users of psychotropic medication.
He never, ever promoted the preventive detention of FPS videogame users.
FPS are as realistic, on their own way, as movies; both are “real life imitations of violence.”
But with videogames, ‘you’ are doing the killing, not the cool dude on the screen.
>>What game was at fault in the late 70sPong?
The kid next door beat me in Pong every afternoon, so I stole my dad’s shotgun and killed his whole family.
Oh wait...no I didn’t. We got into a fight and sent to the principal’s office. We didn’t get expelled. We didn’t get arrested. We didn’t get drugged into a stupor. We just got sent home to our fathers.
Then, we made up the next day and were best friends..until the next time we decided it was time to fight and we repeated it all over again.
If you stop letting boys be boys, they will store up all their energy and it will be released explosively. Look at how feminine these young adult shooters look. That’s what’s wrong with them.
When this man explains the millions of people who daily play FPS and other games involving violence and don’t go out shooting puppies, babies and the elderly puppies and babies, I’ll buy his BS.
I never killed anyone so am I the sole exception on the planet? Are the other millions the individual sole exceptions too?
Does anyone see the stupidity of where this fool is headed?