Over the last few years, gaming has steadily increased in popularity and gaining more and more media attention. Unfortunately it would seem as if the news keeps revolving around negative publicity towards gaming. We often hear stories about violence born from gaming, but one has to wonder how much of that has a real correlation to gaming. For instance in both the Columbine and Sandy Hook incidents, both shooters were profiled as people that play violent video games. In cases like this, the media often do a deep study into the background of these criminals, and use any small detail they can to manipulate their audience. Now, I’m not stating that there is no possibility of a correlation, but I am stating that the media’s focus on this unfairly gives gamers a negative stigma.
Take a look at Colleen Lachowicz’s campaign to become a Maine State senator. During her campaign, the rival Republican party started a smear tactic based on her history as a World of Warcraft player. Their idea was to use her comments and chat history in game to declare her unfit for office. Thankfully this campaign did not end up affecting her ability to win the State Senate position. Do you think this style of smear campaign has any real bearing on real life politics?
Take a look at their smear site: