Anytime a real-world tragedy takes place, it rarely takes long for video games to be blamed. We’ve seen everything from Grand Theft Auto to Mass Effect made into scapegoats for violent crime, and decried for corrupting the souls of young children everywhere.
Although multiple studies have indicated that video games alone do not, in fact, directly lead people to go out and commit horrible crimes, that hasn’t stopped many from pointing their fingers and lamenting the future of the young generation. But violence isn’t the only thing they’ve been blamed for. As it turns out, the wonderfully twisted black hole of the internet has allowed multiple voices to connect video games to all sorts of different issues, behaviours, and lifestyles. So, strap on your tinfoil hat and join me as we take a look at some of the things games have been blamed for.