Videogames and Violence: Pffft!

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the pervasive violence in videogames. State and federal legislators keep squawking about this terrible problem, and how we need stricter laws to keep mature games out of kids' hands. Some of these politicians would be happy to ban the more bloody games completely. It is an election year, after all.

Okay, but if videogames make people more violent, then how come E3 isn't the most dangerous place on Earth? Here we are, thousands of people who spend most of our time playing videogames -- especially the violent ones -- thrown together in a hot, incredibly loud, and even more incredibly crowded convention center. You'd think there would be a homocide every hour on the hour. Let me tell you, it is absolutely infuriating when some idiot stops dead in his tracks to gawk at a booth babe, blocking your only path to a sweet new game. And yet nothing happens. In all these years, I've never seen a fistfight or even a shoving match at E3. Further evidence that the whole videogame-violence brouhaha is empty rhetoric.