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  •  DOV, I wasn't exactly alive when Custer's Revenge (5+ / 0-)

    came out. So I don't have have a period perspective on it. But every time I've seen the game mentioned in any context, it has been with heavy critical panning. The game is practically a punchline for any reviewers. This goes back to magazines which have been panning that pile of crap since I was a little kid.

    I say this not to try and lighten the very real terrors that Native American women face - I did not realize that the rate was so unspeakably high - but I find it unlikely that anyone was really influenced or affected by that horrid pile of coding in any way. Those who committed violence in its name, I'd assume, were just using a name drop. The 80s were, after all, the heyday of exaggerated stories of violence supposedly originating from gaming, with nary a source to back them up.

    In case it needs any underscoring or that I left any doubt as to where I stand, the VAWA needs to pass yesterday, with the provisions to protect Native American women.

    Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

    by ConfusedSkyes on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:28:23 PM PST

    •  I had never heard of it (8+ / 0-)

      and I lived through that period, and I'm a gamer.

      There are plenty of studies that show violence and misogyny in video games does affect male attitudes towards women and LBGTs

      Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:35:49 PM PST

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    •  I'm an ardent gamer, and I generally side with (7+ / 0-)

      the notion that gaming in and of itself does not make one more prone to violence.  Chopping orcs into chutney or dicing human bandits into little pieces isn't going to make me or anyone else want to go out and and buy a sword to try it out on my neighbors.

      But when you have an entire game premised specifically around horrific violence to one already frequently victimized segment of the population, and thus almost assuredly going to be purchased by those already prone to fantasize about such vicious assaults, then yes, it might be that little extra nudge that pushes ugly fantasy into ugly reality.

      Even 'Grand Theft Auto', much maligned (and rightly so) for it's portrayal of violence against sex workers was aimed at a general audience, and not targeting those who were already specifically inclined to raping and murdering prostitutes.

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