A Short History Of Game Panics

There's something about the simulated realities presented by video games that have made people who believe they’re the moral majority want to condemn video games from the very begining, and the controversy over kids being corrupted by games began well before Grand Theft Auto hit the store shelves.

Video games aren’t the original source of the scare, they’re just the latest in a long line of things blamed for inciting violence in the masses, as shown by the unfounded fear and panic surrounding Dungeons & Dragons in the 1970s.

Whatever the reason for the fear, game panic is here to stay, and this irrational fear is the focus of Jesse Walker’s piece appearing in the June 2014 issue of Reason entitled A Short History Of Game Panics.

-Via Boing Boing


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