Hey, Pat Robertson, Is Playing A Violent Video Game A Sin?

Famous evangelical old person and all-around bigot Pat Robertson weighed-in on video game violence, despite never having played one in his life. "If you're murdering somebody in cyberspace, in a sense you're performing the act, you like it or not," Robertson exclaimed on The 700 Club, comparing playing a violent game to other acts of "virtual sin" like lusting after a woman.

After showing some concern for games like "Maim(?) Killing and Grand Theft Auto" Robertson went on to claim that games will chop off your sensitivity to god and cause you to grow dead in your heart.

Thanks for the expert advice, Pat! I'll think about that the next time I fire up a round of Maim Killing on my Gamebox 360.


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    Thank God we have violent video games to keep our bloodlust in check then. Might have to go on a crusade or two otherwise.

    "I've never played a video game, I hate to tell you that, it just shows my age really"

    Instead of talking shit about this guy and enjoying feeling superior to him for being a bigot, perhaps you should try sending this guy a video game to play. Why not try to build a bridge and be the better person? The guy sounded literally upset that he's never played a video game. I'm sure there's a non-violent game that he'd enjoy. It'd make a really interesting article as opposed to writing yet another article that denotes someone who says something ignorant about gaming to an audience of people who completely agree with you.

      Pat robertson is the kind of person in which no matter how much factual things to give them to prove them wrong, they will still stick to their own opinion and denounce the factual evidence as falsehoods. So its much easier to make fun of him and point out his stupidity

        So you know him well enough to guarantee that he is incapable of enjoying a video game?

          Seems to me that you know nothing of Pat Robertson, otherwise you'd be aware of the futility of what you'd suggested. Your idea is akin to asking why we don't just have a gay person to sit down and talk things through with Fed Phelps.

      Pat Robertson doesn't get the benefit of doubt. He's not acting like a hateful PoS because he's ignorant - he's just a hateful PoS who's proud of his ignorance and this is just the latest example.

      It's not as if the modern world is exactly lacking in opportunities to play video games. If nothing else, he probably has at least an old mobile phone with some variant of Snake or Tetris. He likely has a PC somewhere around the office. Otherwise, he could probably organise to borrow a console or tablet from somebody.

      The easiest games to obtain are almost all non-violent ones.

      I'm happy to commit virtual sins in the comfortable knowledge that, having played Dante's Inferno, I've already been to virtual Hell.

      (The Dante's Inferno game was not particularly hellish as such, but it wasn't particularly good either.)

    If you can "hear the voice of god", you probably have a tumor in your brain. Get that shit checked out yo.

    Rubbish...I've been a committed Christian for over 10 years and play violent videogames all the time - in no way is this wrong. Maybe if your using violent videogames as an outlet for anger and hatred, then it's probably not doing you any good emotionally or psychologically - but it's still not sin.
    Also if people are becoming "insensitive" to God or "dead in their hearts", pretty sure videogames are the least of his worries.

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    In a sense I agree with his view given that the question was posed purely in a religious context, even more so given that he references from the New Testament at that. The question as I interpreted it was not so much will video games make me a more violent, anti-social person but rather does the act of a virtual murder stand contrary to the established values of my religion?

    Now whether you believe a particular religion is correct about the way we should conduct our lives is a different kettle of fish.

    Oh, I'm gonna go to the special hell.

    I am a Christian and I play violent computer games. The interesting thing about this piece is not so much what he says, but what he omits. As a Christian, I have learned that any thing, good thing or bad thing, which turns into a "god" thing (i.e. something we pour an in-proportionate amount of time, money or effort into) becomes a sin. Family, work, leisure, gaming, just about everything. What it comes down to, is what your motive is... If my motive to play violent computer games is because of an actual desire to outlet my anger towards others, then I'm sinning. If I'm spending heaps of time after church talking to people can be a good thing, but if your motive is to make yourself look to others like a better Christian, it is no longer a good thing, but the sin of pride.

    I love Pat Robertson, he's a great source of information. Just do the exact opposite of what he says and you'll be on the right track.

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