In the aftermath of the latest mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, I think it’s time to sit down and discuss the real problem. Not guns, but rather:
In this case, Madden 19.
After all, the shooter, David Katz, opened fire in the middle of a video game tournament, right? If there had been no Madden tournament, chances are that the shooting would not have taken place.
Football is a violent sport as it is, so how is a football video game all that different? Players still get injured, still get concussions, and still deliver punishing hits to opponents.
If we don’t get a grip on this soon, there will be thousands of people running out to purchase footballs, helmets, pads and cleats in an attempt to imitate what they see on Madden.
Heck, they don’t even need to PLAY football in order to be violent; just lose while playing a football video game, like Madden!
I know from personal experience that I can get pretty upset when I play Madden (more so because the guys I play with never throw me the ball), so how far fetched is it to think that someone could be driven to the edge by it?
Don’t even get me started on other video games, either. Grand Theft Auto, anyone? Mortal Kombat? Even seemingly-innocent games like MarioKart promote violence (road rage, it can’t just be me).
At the very least, we should place restrictions on all video games. You should have to be 21 to purchase one, and children should not be allowed to play one without direct adult supervision.
If they do, then CPS should be called.
EA Sports (the company responsible for Madden) tweeted out: “This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”
We don’t want your sympathy. Just stop making video games!