nofpssinwisconsin wrote:Next time you are walking around a night, and bump into a sixteen year old, who has dropped out of school, who is carrying a gun, who may have some mental or emotional disorders, and who is addicted to Raven/HumanHead FPSS products for 60 hours a week........then you can thank the makers of these products for their contribution to our community.
This is one of the stranger things to land on this board for a while, so I will dip a toe, for the lulz.
Of all the factors you have detailed in the scenario above, it seems odd that you would single out Raven/HumanHead FPSS products. Why ignore education, when that has actually been statistically linked to violent crime? Or, how about access to the gun? And then there is the mental health issue. What's your deal? It feels personal.
It is personal to us because these products are being produced in our state. Nationally, we could be discussing Phillip Morris or globally De Boers. When Sixty Minutes does an expose on company products and practices like they did with the Cigarette Industry, it was personal because it is our country and our community. What about the protesters of the mines up north. It is personal to them. Or even people who support or are opposed to the current Governor or President. Is it personal?
Why, Raven and Human Head? We are trying to Think Globally/Act Locally.
In a previous post, it's is stated that we do not absolve parental or personal responsibility, we don't claim direct cause, we are concerned about education, mental health treatment, dissociated youth, corporate profits over moral direction....We are mixed on gun control so we don't include that discussion here or in our meetings at all anymore. Some of our group are conceal and carry permit holders, others are friends and pacifists.
All the above topics are worthy of discussion, but none are the issue that we wish to focus on. Simply, the issue is that FPSS's is an addictive product that changes behavior in a destructive manner and not a product we want produced here. We don't want heroin produced here either. Or pornography. If Epic produced pornography, do you think that it would be able to grow to it's size here. NO, the community would not accept it. The owners and employees would have to hide as they do in the pornography business in LA.
But currently we are accepting the production of a highly addictive product that causes damage to many of it's users, and it is a product with virtually no upside other than to make money for the companies. If Raven and Humanhead produced products that benefited the community we would welcome it. But they don't.
A community is in part defined by the goods and services it produces. A community that makes its money from technology is different than one that makes motorcycles or from farming or is in manufacturing or one that has a university or one that contains a prison....All the above are at least morally honorable.
By becoming a hub for First Person Shooter Simulations, how does that define Madison and Wisconsin?