Letter to the Editor
Video Game Addiction is a Fallacy
By UWeekly StaffPosted Aug 29, 2012
_Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to an Aug. 15 opinion piece that appeared in UWeekly. _
Correlation is not causation. You have bad teeth and drive a Honda, therefore Honda's ruin your teeth!
Your examples are outrageous and unrealistic. First off, your example of Tyler Rigsby, who spent four days in his room snacking and playing video games. His mother blamed video games? That’s classic negligent parenting. She should not have allowed her child to do that. And if someone is too stupid to drink water that’s not a video game's fault, that’s just natural selection.
Your argument of increased aggression? Humans have always been violent. So hop off video games for once. How many millions of killers were there before electricity even existed? It only took four people on the planet for one to murder another one, Cain and Abel, and he did it just out of jealousy.
So before you claim that, “Oh noez people being aggressive is caused by videogames,” maybe aggressive people enjoy video games, maybe sick and twisted people enjoy simulating torture in a video game; better they simulate it than they actively perform this like in the good ol’ days before video games, except in this particular case.
Someone being too enthralled in a game, the man from Taiwan? Who lets someone play a game 40 hours straight? This person lacks any friends or family who cared enough to say, “Hey, Jimmy, here drink water and eat some food.”
Maybe instead of just targeting the fact that he played video games you could look into any other mental disabilities he had, such as OCD; maybe he had a major social disorder?
He obviously was not getting the attention and companionship he needed as a human being, and video games gave him what the rest of the world denied him.
Yeah, he died playing a video game, but those 40 hours he probably felt like an important savior to some fantasy kingdom, which beats his home life with a father who drinks and abuses his mother, or a school where no one likes him.
Your entire article drips with bias to the point that the article is soggy and could probably hydrate a gamer (if bias was a replacement for water). Since you don’t know all the facts, don’t jump to erroneous conclusions.
And your final point about people denying your invitations to go out because they want to play videogames? Maybe you should look in the mirror if your “friends” would rather play a video game than hang out with you. Does that hurt? Is that why you wrote an article denouncing the fastest growing hobby and professional sport as a drug addiction?
You compare video games to cocaine and cigarettes. Those have serious physical side effects, from overdose and regular use. The people who died from video games didn’t overdose? THEY DIDN’T DRINK WATER.
I challenge you, don’t drink anything for 40 hours, and you’ll die too. And you think “man that’s dumb, why would I not drink anything for 40 hours?” My point exactly. Normal people don’t disregard their bodies for two whole days, even us gamers who are “addicted.”
Sophomore studying biology