Editorial: Being Responsible

Of course GTA V is to blame for everything terrible!
Navy Yard Shooting: 9/16, GTA V Release: 9/17

Grand Theft Auto V dropped yesterday and received overwhelming praise. Just one day earlier, a man, I will not use his name as people like him deserve NO recognition, with mental health issues opened fire and killed twelve people in Washington DC. As is the case with every big event, much of the media abandons any sense of responsible reporting and merely reports things as they hear them, usually without even attempting to verify the validity of the information. As a gamer, I can not help but imagine that had the two events happened in reverse order a finger would have been pointed towards the newly released Grand Theft Auto V.

Video games have become the easy target for mentally challenged reporters, usually turned to first as a way to explain to the masses the reasons behind crazy behavior. As more evidence is discovered and made public, a picture is often painted revealing that the motives for these rampages were born from mental health issues. While I have come to expect video games carrying the initial blame, I still get extremely angry when there is no attempt to inform the public of the misinformation that was initially fed to them. The irresponsibility of major news outlets is borderline insane. These outlets have become the same as idiots on message boards, making every story a chance to exclaim “FIRST!” as though it is some kind of honor.

As a writer for this site, I take an enormous amount of pride in what I write, after all, it carries my name and is posted on a site that I love. Although my articles are opinion based, I have to base my opinions in fact. Of course, I am not the only person at this site to have this stance. As unpaid writers for a website that has no advertising ties to any company, it would be easy to spew whatever bullshit we wanted to, but we all have too much pride in our work to be so irresponsible with our articles, even if we are writing for an audience that is minuscule when compared to CNN. There is one key difference between this site and CNN, when a CNN reporter makes a mistake, they do not have to feel the Wrath of Lusipurr (Something not widely known is that Blizzard wanted to use Lusipurr instead of the Lich King, but Lusi nixed the idea because the Lich King eventually fails.)

Dunce Cap Kid
Any journalist that reports false information should be forced to write fifty lines of ‘I will report responsibly’

Just when I thought that Grand Theft Auto V could not be blamed in Monday’s shooting, Fox and MSNBC proved me wrong. It took a day, but a pair of journalist have targeted Grand Theft Auto V and similar games as the root cause to all mass shootings. Apparently, they wanted to give me a perfect example of the same irresponsible journalism that I despise. While they are entitled to their opinions, it should not be in lieu of facts. Grand Theft Auto V was used by these people merely as a way to scare people at a time when the talk about the game will be at its peak. This same tactic has been employed many times and the American public has yet to realize that this is merely used to incite a panic.

A big reason that the public fails to notice this is because they believe the reporters have their facts straight. This is not the case anymore, and to compound things, the media has made it so that dissenting opinions are done so only in a token manner. It is rare that they bring a person that has a worthwhile argument. When they do, the person who has the same views as the media will be allowed to drone on for an extended period of time and do anything they can to avoid having the opposite side of the argument presented. This is similar to how we handle things here, at Lusipurr.com. However, we only use this tactic when people have opinions so wrong that there is no other option.

Responsible journalism should be the hallmark of any news organization, no matter the size. When that quality is lost, the organization is no longer serving its singular purpose, to keep people informed. As I stated before, we have put a great deal of pride behind what is put on this site. I apologize for going on a bit of a rant and for going a bit off topic, after all, this is a gaming website and I should be talking about goblins, eggrolls, and the JRT. I love video games, and it pains me to see them blamed for these terrible acts, and it angers me further when no apology is offered for this misrepresentation.

4 comments

  1. Journalism, particularly the kind found on TV, has long since shifted toward entertainment. They no longer seek to keep the people informed. They seek to keep them entertained. How else to keep all that alluring money rolling in?

    I’ve often speculated that the word “news” should be treated in similar fashion to words on food labels. In the US, you can’t call something “juice” on a bottle of stuff that ain’t juice. In fact there often needs to be a disclaimer stating that the item contains NO juice. Even the word “natural” can’t just be used willy-nilly. I think the same should be made of “news”. You want your opinion shows? Fine. Good, but don’t call it news. Figuring out how would be tough as one would not want to trod into the realm of censorship.

  2. Every time something like this crops up I wonder how many of the people who spout the uninformed blaming violence on video games nonsense actually believe the crap they are pushing. I am sure that some of them honestly do, because there are imbeciles everywhere, but then you also have people who like the article would suggest are trying to incite panic. There are a couple of reasons that pop into my head as to why this would be the case, the first being just to create conversation, buzz, and ratings stemming from low information types. The second (though maybe I am being paranoid here) is that having conversations like this take attention away from legitimate policy discussions which should be had about background checks and the obvious topics of conversation that one would think would flow naturally out of this sort of tragedy. But ultimately (as was already pointed out), the largest issue at play is the fact that something which should be approached as a public service is instead being looked at through a profit lens (which is also a fairly large issue with health care in this country as well).

    I wish there would be a good way to get news people to serving the public interest, but we have become something of a nation of idiots obsessed with spectacle, so the whole thing seems more or less fucked. We have reached a point where being informed puts people in a relatively small niche, and the money is sadly in getting a bunch of frothing at the mouth idiots to yell about inane nonsense.

  3. This week a couple of brothers saved an elderly man from a burning building on their way home from a midnight launch of GTA5 – this is something that really happened in actual reality – I wonder how many mainstream networks covered this positive GTA related news story?

  4. Good article, Gyme. Always an important topic and this time was very timely. The information provided in Julian’s comment is a breath of fresh air. Does news have a similar problem in Australia?

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