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Twitter. I know many of you love it and use it - because I follow you and I see your tweets. And I know some of you don't use it (and some of you downright hate it). I have blogged about it and some of you have commented. And I have read the witty things some of you write in your profiles about Twitter. This blog involves Twitter, but you don't have to actively use it (or even like it) to have a perspective on the issue I'm about to mention. And for the record, this is my perspective - you might agree, you might not. But you're welcome to have and share your own and I'd be more than interested in reading it.

There is a user account on Twitter - @MomsAgainstGam

The long version of the account is Moms Against Gaming.

And the profile summary says:

We are a group of Moms (and Dads) opposed to the sale and distribution of violent video games and will use all means to stop it.


Some think it's a real account.

Others think it's a parody account.

Frankly, I don't know if it's real or not - I've read and believe it is a parody account but there are times I wonder...and then there are times when I think about what the purpose of a parody account is and wonder whether the person or group responsible for it is achieving whatever it is they're striving for.

If it is a real account - then clearly we see they are opposed to the sale and distribution of violent video games...blah blah blah, you can read the rest of it.

But if they are indeed a parody account, isn't there supposed to be a bit of humor involved with the parody? I follow perhaps more parody accounts than I do real accounts...and I follow them because they make me laugh.

Is the funny part of Moms Against Gaming the fact they tweet and make comments most of us would find offensive, and those that do often respond. And respond with such hatred and vitriol - and that's what's funny...or that's what the person or group responsible for this Twitter account think is funny.

In a way I can kind of understand this...

Every year for as long as I can remember Game Informer does a parody for April Fool's Day in which they feature Darth Clark and the Game Infarcer. And every year they receive a ton of hate mail from angry readers ready to cancel their subscriptions because they are infuriated by the content. They share some of the funniest responses (that they can get through the filter). I suppose I find most of these funny because every year it's the same thing and it's almost completely absurd. And yet people fall for it.

But the problem I have with Moms Against Gaming is...

#1 - It's not a funny subject. The video game industry is under attack from those who would love to censor and regulate the games we have available. This sort of material fuels the argument regardless of whether this account is real or not.

#2 - It brings out the worst in gamers, but it really makes all of us look bad. I'm shocked (not really - you almost expect this sort of thing from the Internet anymore) by some of the comments I read in response to the tweets sent from Moms Against Gaming. Now you could argue these people are like this and the tweets from Moms Against Gaming is just the catalyst to cause their rage to boil over to the point they leave a comment. If this account is a parody (which I believe it is) I feel a little sorry for those being trolled to the point they behave in a way they might not normally behave (or maybe their comments are trolling too). I have road rage and I've behaved in ways that I'm not proud of - is this indicative of my true character? Maybe, but I hope not. I'm not defending those that lash out at Moms Against Gaming and I acknowledge some of their comments are inexcusable - but I do feel sorry for those that make them, especially if they are being deceived.

#3 - Supporters cite this information as fact. I follow this account, but not for any sort of entertainment value. Sort of that whole "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" philosophy. While some of the hate filled comments are concerning, if you dive into some of the other conversations (the joy of Twitter and the public comments) stemming from Moms Against Gaming, you see they do have some supporters who cite what they read here as fact...when clearly it is not. Surely if this is a parody account this isn't the objective of those in charge of it - or it wouldn't be a parody - it would be real (or maybe the owner is trying to troll both sides).

In the end, I think it all comes down to attention. Whether this account is meant to be funny or is truly a platform voicing concern over the impact of violent video games, it's gained a lot of attention for somebody who is fine with being offensive as long as it keeps getting attention (and yes, me blogging about it brings attention to it, but I'm also interested in bringing awareness to it). If it truly is a real organization, my advice would be to try building bridges instead of walls; and if it truly is a parody like so many say it is, it's a shame they're seeking attention at the expense of our fellow gamers.

Cheers.

 

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