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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
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
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
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
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.