With all of the controversy regarding violence in video games, and whether or not the California law regarding the sale of violent video games to minors should be outlawed, another serious video game problem is flying under the radar.

Examples of it are everywhere you look in both the news stories and blogging sections of GIO, not to mention so many other gaming sites that allow public comments.

You see it in innocent articles on whether Battlefield 3 fans are douchebags or Call of Duty fans are illiterate fanboys who wouldn't know a good game if it reached up and bit them in the crotch. Yes, I'm talking about comments like "they both suck! Skyrim rules!"  Even non-fanboy comments give an indication of the problem. "It's seven days until Skyrim comes out and I'm getting the shakes waiting for it."

What happens when Skyrim finally comes out?

Then the problem becomes even worse. Instead of facing withdrawal-like symptoms, they'll instead be hooked up to their computer or console, with an IV attached to their arm containing Red Bull or Mountain Dew, eyes beginning to glaze over as they face their next dragon or yeti. Occasional mumbles of "this game is awesome" will be heard coming from their mouths (as well as a bit of drool). Family members will try and intervene, but often to no avail. Parents, husbands, wives, all will suffer from neglect as so much time is sunk into Skyrim.

What if you can't afford Skyrim? I think Vancouver has set up a public space next to the local Injection Site with computers and consoles hooked up, all with nothing but Skyrim on them. Because nobody should have to go homeless in order to play the game. That's just how liberal we are up here.

This Skyrim hysteria and its negative effect on society brings up a burning question that will be the topic of discussion on all talk radio shows: should such a dangerous substance be illegal? Should there be a federal "War on Skyrim?" And should Jack Thompson be put in charge of the department enforcing this new war?

There are some on the other side who feel that Skyrim should *not* be illegal, but instead should be harshly regulated and taxed. The United States could pay off the federal debt if they heavily taxed Skyrim instead of making it illegal. Personally, I think these people just want to avoid the inevitable consequences of making Skyrim illegal: bootleg copies of the game coming over the borders of Mexico and Canada (British Columbia grows the best versions of Skyrim, don't you know). There would be roving gangs dealing Skyrim to unsuspecting minors (it is an M-rated game, you know!).

Some states will inevitably pass laws that allow those in medical need to play Skyrim, but the controversy will be just what constitutes that need.

And then there are the Free Love hippies who would not only keep Skyrim legal, but wouldn't tax it at all! This sort of attitude just doesn't bear thinking about.

So which side do I fall on?

Skyrim should be made illegal, and I think it would probably be safest if we try to eradicate it. I don't want war zones in my city because of this, but that has to be better than the results of having Skyrim freely available to everybody. Yes, we all have free will, but it's human nature to be lured into doing something that feels so good but yet is so bad for you. We have to protect people when they can't protect themselves.

I've seen the negative effects Skyrim, and the evil that Bethesda peddles, has had firsthand. My brother got caught up in Oblivion, and this is the result.

Because of this, I think the harsher the penalty, the better. Don't let your family members succumb. And if they do, or if your son or daughter, or one of your friends, starts distributing this game to others, I truly do believe the death penalty should be involved.

Think of the children, who will be left fatherless or motherless by the effects of Skyrim.

Skyrim is society's problem; we, as a society, have to deal with it.


(Many thanks to BlackHeartedWolf for coming up with such a great writing challenge this week.  And please be smart before leaving an outraged comment, people.)