Although the present generation are frequently attacked by their “elders” for the way in which they behave, it is fair to say that there is a certain amount of that criticism which goes over the top.

Certainly, the way that some people react to video games it would be no exaggeration to say that they consider them to be the devil’s work.

Video games – in the home, anyway – are a relatively recent development, and there are people living today who were brought up in a world without them. Therefore, people may well be prone to a fairly inflamed attitude to something they don’t understand.

When you think that – out of the millions of people who play video games regularly – a small number have been guilty of the actions which are routinely blamed on video games and those who play them, it really is not hard to see why people think gamers get an unnecessarily hard time.

After all, there are probably some people who have gone to bridge evenings who have then killed a person at some point. It would be needlessly harsh to call for a ban on bridge, even knowing that.

Of course, it is possible for a video game to affect someone psychologically, but the fact is that one cannot take the attitude that everyone should be denied something that millions of people enjoy responsibly just because one person who does that thing took actions that were inexcusable. We need to look out for people and make sure they are well, rather than banning things that might “make” them behave oddly.

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