Finally, M.I.A. Offers Her Thoughts On Video Game Violence

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Musical artist, apparent Sonic the Hedgehog aficionado and one of Time magazine's "World's Most Influential People" M.I.A. answers a long burning question—what does the woman known as M.I.A. think of video game violence?


According to an interview in Complex magazine, as relayed by CVG, M.I.A. seems conflicted on the matter, concerned more about her own son's exposure to real world violence over the virtual stuff, saying "My kid's gonna see it, but he's gonna see it in computer games."

Still, Ms. Arulpragasam worries "there's a whole generation of American kids seeing violence on their computer screens and then getting shipped off to Afghanistan. They feel like they know the violence when they don't. Not having a proper understanding of violence, especially what it's like on the receiving end of it, just makes you interpret it wrong and makes inflicting violence easier."


Sounds like she and "killology" term-coiner Lt. Col. Dave Grossman have some similar thoughts on the matter. At least we now know, sort of, what's going through M.I.A.'s head.

M.I.A: Video games teach kids violence [CVG]

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BTW, here's a bit about her for those who think she's just a stupid celebrity talking out her ass:

"Because of the Sri Lankan Civil War, the first eight years of her life were marked by displacement. Contact with her father was strictly limited, because he was in hiding from the Sri Lanka Army. As the civil war escalated, it became unsafe for the family to stay in Sri Lanka, so they relocated to Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, moving into a derelict house, with sporadic visits from her father. During a period when her family temporarily resettled in Jaffna, the war escalated further and her school was destroyed in a government raid. In 1986 she, her older sister Kali, younger brother Sugu, and mother moved back to London where they were housed as refugees. She learned English in the late 1980s, on a council estate in Mitcham, South London."

I hate to say this, but any time someone attacks videogames, like Ebert did, gamers turn into fucking idiots. its jut a fucking hobby. if you dotn get paid to play games, its NOT your life. just be openminded for a second and try to understand someone elses point of view, otherwise youre just giving gamers a bad name.