Published on Current Concerns, September 23, 2010.
What are the arguments for a general ban?
- In Switzerland, the Council of States (Ständerat) ruled by 19 to 12 votes to prohibit killer-games containing violence. The opponents argue that such a ban can only be performed partly and gradually.
What are the arguments for a general ban of killer-games?
- “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” These words are taken from the preamble of the Unesco. By means of killer games, however, the spirit of war and violence is being implanted into the minds of men. From the experience of the Second World War the Unesco drew the conclusion: “A peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and … the peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind.” (Constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization adopted in London on 16 November 1945) However, violence and war is promoted by killer games.
- As early as in the last decades of the past century killer-games, so called killing simulators, were made use of in the US Army and police for man-to-man combat. Later theses games were allowed to be sold on the free market by the Pentagon, the war ministry of the USA, to be used privately. The sales of PC-killer-games boomed as a consequence. The games industry today still co-operates closely with the Pentagon, as well as the film industry, whenever Hollywood produces films glorifying violence.
- Another aspect in favour of a prohipition if killer-games is the following: In violent scenes of killer-video-games there are extremely brutal punch-ups. But the figures always get up again and continue fighting. In reality, man is very vulnerable. It does not take that much to very seriously hurt a man or a woman. A kick in the head may easily lead to a skull fracture; a punch into the kidneys may completely destroy this vital organ. In the games the combatants do never walk away with an injury. Most likely, the students of the professional school in Küssnacht on the Lake Zürich were not aware of this enormous vulnerability of the human body. Otherwise they might not have beaten up some passers-by so brutally in the City of Munich for pure fun. One man was almost bludgeoned to death.
The virtual chasing of human beings, the tormenting and torturing, the degrading, shooting and slaughtering must be prohibited, just as perverted child pornography is, not only for children but for grown-ups as well … (full long text).