Anders Breivik’s horrendous assault is surely familiar to you, and it’s certainly nothing to joke about. His acts of violence that ended the lives of dozens of people last year still trend somberly in the news, and will not be forgotten soon.
The trial in which the court spent countless hours and resources on trying to determine if video games were the source of his psychotic behavior, though? Definitely something that needs to be weighed in on. Specifically? The so-called psychologist involved in the case who claimed that, if you’re over the age of twenty and playing video games, you’re an introverted sociopath. Seriously.
The doctor in question is Synne Sørheim, a name that will ring true to future psychologists with alliteration and ignorance. I’m not going to pretend that I’m smarter or more qualified than the woman, nor that she’s a charlatin; I will say, however, that she’s full of it.
First, before scrutinizing this egregious remark, I’d like you to read something that Sørheim blatantly admitted in court: “We have no form of expertise when it comes to computer games.” That means that the goddamned expert called to testify readily admitted she had no fucking idea what she was talking about. I might as well tell you that leaving pop tarts in the toaster too long will make you retarded, or that wearing white after labor day will give you cancer.
Now, here’s the main quote:
“We feel that playing a lot of computer games gives the impression of a working cognitive function. It is however, something completely different to relate to something in real life, have committed relationships to other people, arrange meetings, go to work in the morning, have a healthy relationship with a girlfriend, or having common social skills.
I would still like to point out that sitting alone in your room and playing games, no matter what the scope of the matter, call it addiction or whatnot, is not normal for a man in his 20′s.”
I really don’t disagree about the first part of this quote, nor do I care. The last, emphasized part, though? After undeniably letting us know she was pulling things out of her ass, she said that she’d like us to know in her expert opinion that no matter what your situation is, even if you’re not a mass murderer terrorist jackass, no matter if it’s for 10 minutes a day or ten hours, sitting alone and playing games is not normal if you’re older than 20.
What the fuck is going on here? How is subjective bullshit like this still allowed in our world today? Video games are still a “new medium,” by most definitions, but this kind of rampant speculation should have ended a few console generations ago.
Instead of simply prosecuting him and saying that he went ape-shit and murdered over 70 people, which, by the way, is called being a psychopath, there had to be some form of blame to be passed. And, like it so often happens, it just had to be attributed to video games. After all, Breivik admitted to “using CoD” to train himself for murder sprees. I guess Sørheim must have thought, “why not take it further and call almost every gamer in the world an introvert for playing games in their spare time?”
She must not realize that the largest age demographic for video games is the exact age range she’s criticizing. Oh, yeah, or that it’s among the largest entertainment mediums in the world, if it isn’t the largest. I guess when you hit a certain age, you’re allowed to be delightfully cretinous and urinate puerile drivel out of your withering anus without worrying about sounding like a fool, even if you’re a respected psychologist testifying at one of the biggest criminal cases in the history of your country.
Every person who holes themselves up for hours on end playing World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, or whatever their game of choice might be is not a crazy person, Sørheim. That’s like inferring that everyone who eats grease is going to get diarrhea or that every person who enjoys chess is a genius. Sure, both of those are true for some varying percentage of their respective demographic, but it’s true for everything– there’s absolutely no relevant correlation.
Maybe this will help clarify the issue. If I were to say all psychologists were full of shit, would I be right? Well, judging off of one disgusting, circumstantially unqualified imbecile that happened to testify in this case, using the exact same logic she did, I sure would be.
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