In the wake of the Newtown shootings, the games industry and the firearms lobby have come to a difficult clash.
Taking the position that mass shootings and a culture of violence is directly attributable to video-games such as Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto and Mortal Kombat, America's NRA has assaulted the industry; leading to events such as one Newtown boy asking other kids to dump their violent games and another town essentially organising a witch-hunt against those games!
The games industry, willing to defend itself in anyway possible seems to have taken one of the more obvious counter-arguments against the NRA, being that its the civilian access to high-powered weaponry that is responsible for those acts of horror as such in Sandy Hook.
I'm not searching for a forum in which to appoint blame. However, both the NRA and gaming industry have occasioned the use of various studies which seek to blame each other; studies with various levels of credibility. But lets imagine a completely hypothetical scenario in which cumulative studies by the worlds top scientists came up with a result that both Rifles and Video-games were a proven cause for violence. If in this scenario, the NRA took a complete reverse on its current stance on weapons and agreed to voluntarily put down their guns, would gamers follow suit and put down their violent video-games?
As a UK citizen, I'll admit that its difficult for me to understand the cultural stigma that comes with Americas love of guns. As a gamer however, I don't think I would find it difficult to surrender my violent video-games, because I can accept that although I love my Battlefield's, Grand Theft Auto's and Counterstrike's, I don't necessarily need them.
So what about you? If an organisation like the NRA could voluntarily put down their rifles, could you voluntarily put down your violent video-games?