TGA Podcast: Episode 19

Yes, we here at The Good Atheist are back to weekly updates. I would have actually posted this latest episode a bit earlier, but unfortunately for all of you, I’m totally addicted to GTA4 like a crack addict. If you have no idea what that is, tune in to this week’s episode, which deals with video game violence, real violence in Somalia, a bunch of stupid young adults chasing ghosts, and a whole lot more!

Comments (9)

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    clint notestine

    Oh no I’m playing GTA 4 while listening to the pod cast while sitting 3 feet away from 4 high powered rifles which are unlocked and 4 feet from the ammo that goes along with them.

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    Ninjitsu

    Here’s a decent article about Video Game Violence from the APA: http://www.apa.org/science/psa/sb-anderson.html

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    Courtney

    Dude, you should lock that shit up. I loved that the show was longer. GTAIV Is good indeed…go to the comedy club 🙂 ….The news segment was cool. What arguments in favour of god did you all find a little bit persuasive?

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    clint notestine

    No way am I gonna lock up my guns! i don’t allow kids in my house so its safe. I’ve got a loaded shotgun, with slugs, in my bedroom too. HAHA.

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    julesjams

    I nominate Ronald Weiland for the Idiot of the Year!

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    kentyman

    I can just picture the Amount line, all written out:

    [Three Hundred Sixty Billion Dollars and no/100 cents——————]

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    Aaron

    Love the mooninite refernce!!!

    Thanks for the podcast and keep up the good work guys!

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    Ninjitsu

    I think psychology is the best science for discussing violent media and its effects on people, and the APA has one of the better psychology journals. Search google for “APA violent media” or “APA violent games” for a few decent articles.

    After reading some of these articles, it’s pretty hard to argue that playing violent video games has no effect on you, but… hey, GTA is fun!! I’ve managed to live through my teenage years committing no murders while playing mortal kombat, doom, etc…

    Jake is right when he says that a few hours of a video game aren’t enough to corrupt a child who has good role models in the rest of his life. Playing a few hours of a violent game is fine for an adult, but the responsibility of preventing kids from being raised by games and TV is on the parents, store owners, and older cousins who don’t put a password on their screensaver (!).

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    C.S

    I think if something like GTAIV can drive someone to act out antisocially, then they’ve probably led the sort of existence that has predisposed them to those sort of actions already. Ian Curtis might have killed himself after watching Stroszek, but that doesn’t mean Stroszek poses a suicide risk for everyone who watches it; it just means he was at a point in his life where he considered suicide an option and saw a particularly down movie.

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