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Ex-Oasis songwriter and occasional singer Noel Gallagher's not totally sure what's to blame for the London riots, but he thinks he has a good idea.
"I can't understand where their energy for these riots is coming from," he told Bang Showbiz. "We live in this age of violence – and I don't care what other people say: Brutal TV and brutal video games are a reason for this pointless violence as well. The people are immune to violence, they are used to it. And if they get caught they aren't punished the right way. The prisons are already full? Then build new ones!"
Hopefully nobody turns around and blames Gallagher for exhorting "you might as well do the white line" in his song "Cigarettes and Alcohol" for any subsequent drug-induced madness. As a massive Oasis fan, I admit I've never done anything illegal as a result of the Gallagher brothers, although they did get me to buy a string of records with diminishing returns.
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First we're supposed to care what Roger Ebert says, then we're supposed to care what Noel Gallagher says. Why does the media let people who know nothing about games make such authoritative statements about them without challenge?
This dude is off his rocker.
Oh great here we go again. *sigh*
Is that what made him and his brother beat the *** out of each other then? Video games? Not all the boozing?
What ever dude you don't even know what's up. Don't blame gaming and movies cause your a sick F#$%
Yet another 'accomplished' individual who feels the need to look down at something.
*** man, you've uncovered the secret of the *** universe maaaaaaaan *sniff*
I guess all the bad guys we've been taught about in our history class were hardcore *** gamers.
"Well like, that's just your opinion man."
its because of rich pieces of *** like him that there are riots.
The Gallagher's have always been attention-seeking, musical rejects anyway. Who cares what they think?
Mr. Gallagher, do you know why the London riots started? Here's a hint: It's not because of video games.
Noel is such a *** he has his own designer line of douches.
I don't think video games incite people to start riots, but there is always the chance that it desensitizes them enough that to when they feel the need to commit acts of violence, they have no qualms or doubts about doing it. But for those who feel that violent material needs to be shunned from society, and oust it from the mindset of people, it may only make them susceptible to allowing the aggressive from commiting crimes the people consider unthinkable, and only the victims will suffer.
The whole debate is a double-edged sword, and at the moment, there's just no way to balance out how brutal TV and brutal video games are going to be received.