Dr. Phil Gives Reasonable Impression of Manhunt2
After maligning gamers with his rave on violent video games being the cause of the V-Tech massacre, a more reasonable cool headed Dr. Phil McGraw gave his impressions of Manhunt 2 on the CBS morning program The Early Show yesterday. His exposure to the game is through watching game journalist Scott Steinberg play the “Sexual Deviance” level of Manhunt 2 on the Wii.
Dr. Phil comments that the level of violence is “not good,” but admits that anyone who would actually commit the acts portrayed in the game had to have something very wrong with them to begin with.
Clearly, it’s not good. The research has been very, very strong over the years that when you’re exposed to violence and when you actually mimic something like this the aggression can go up.
Now the truth is, if somebody plays this game and then they go and do this in their life, there was something seriously wrong with them before they got the game. But it’s modeling.
Early Show anchor Harry Smith asks the inevitable question; What about children who get their hands on the game due to the lack of supervision or carelessness of an adult?
[The game is] in the house so the little kids can get it and, parents just have to be hyper-vigilant about it. This is not good modeling and it’s not good rehearsal. Now does that mean they’re going to go out and do this sort of thing? No, it doesn’t mean that, but it does desensitize them to it and they’re less sensitive when other people are that way.
Smith also hits the on the other much discussed issue of whether video game violence is any worse than movie violence especially when taking into account the motion sensitive Wii controls. Apparently it’s all a matter of perspective; first versus third:
Higher level of involvement. it’s just another level of getting closer to the violence…