Last year, Gamerfitnation started an event called the Online Shooters Ceasefire to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting. The event asked that gamers take a break from playing their favorite online shooters and put down their digital weapons. The event sponsors were apparently pleased with the support that they received last year and are hoping to turn this into a yearly event. So once again, Gamerfitnation is asking that we put down our pixel guns on December 21st 2013.
While I believe the organizers probably have the best of intentions when it comes to honoring the victims of Sandy Hook and the victims of gun violence in general – the fact remains that good intentions don’t always equate to good ideas. In this commentary, i’ll break down why I won’t be participating in #OSCeasefire and why I believe this is the wrong approach from gamers when it comes to gun violence.
Gamerfitnation Operation Online Shooters Ceasefire
Second gaming ceasefire held for Sandy Hook – Polygon
Study: Gun homicides, violence down sharply over last 20 years – CNN
Violent Video Games and Young People – Harvard
No link between violent video games and youth – Pschcentral
Do Video Games make kids violent? – ABC News
Sandy Hook report profiles shooter, finds NO link between video games and motive
If you are interested in learning more about the link between violence and video games, then you may be interested in watching a video I created last year on the topic.