Top Ten People Most Dangerous To Videogames

Whom should a gamer fear? Aliens? We clip 'em with a headshot from 200 yards. Mushrooms? We'll stomp 'em flat. Guys with fast cars? Magical summoned demons? Zombie Nazis driving dinosaur mechs? Please.

But in the real world, it's another story. People here can mess us up. He's an absolute nutjob, but anti-gaming crusader and "Seriously? This guy hasn't been disbarred yet?" lawyer Jack Thompson would like nothing better than to see every game, publisher, developer, and even player cast into a giant, Terminator-style pool of molten iron. That can't be good. And he's just the tip of the iceberg.

In fact, he's the kitten of this lineup. Despite the fact that he can lob lawsuits at the gaming industry faster than Michael Richards can spew racial epithets, Jack Thompson probably can't do us much harm. He's too radical to be taken seriously. The real dark side Jedi are quieter, more dangerous operatives whose identities have been kept secret... until right now. In an effort to turn the masses of gamers in the world into one huge, well-educated ninja force, we've compiled this list of the Top Ten People Most Dangerous to Gaming. These are the folks who threaten your hobby on a daily basis, some of whom you know. Read on, and prepare yourself for the coming storm.

10) Non-Gamers

You may be asking yourself, “Self, how can non-gamers be a threat to videogames?” The answer is simple: while they don’t play videogames, they still have opinions about them. Completely. Uneducated. Opinions. 

Above: Non-gamers are clueless about our hobby

While there may be many different forms of non-gamers (we'll break down several types as we continue), their opinions and voting ability are the real threat to gaming.

We're sure there are voters who are non-gamers out there that are intelligent enough to think for themselves about games, but think about it for a second: do you really want your, or someone else's, 80 year-old grandmother hobbling into the polls one November morning and deciding the fate of your hobby, something that they know nothing about? How about that granny who tried to sue Rockstar for "letting" her grandson hack the Hot Coffee patch into his PC copy of GTA: San Andreas? She seems sensible and logical, right?

The bottom line? These people are uneducated about the world we play in, yet have the potential to make big decisions about it.

How do we fight them? 
The first step is for us to organize, and it's being done right now. With organizations like the Video Game Voters Network, the Entertainment Consumers Association, and the National Coalition Against Censorship, people are fighting for our rights as gamers, and togther we can stand united. So join the VGVN, the ECA or the NCAC and lend your voice to the debate, because togther our voice is louder. And grandma hates loud.

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  • ShokuaHyuga - October 11, 2010 6:59 a.m.

    I've experienced one of these dangers myself; game store clerk opinion. Once upon a time, I decided to purchase a copy of Poke'mon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Resue Team from a Gamestop store. Upon purchasing, the clerk told me that he had tried the game and had become discouraged with it; as a result, I barely gave the game half a chance, I played for roughly ten minutes, just enough time to finish the first mission, and gave it up, selling it back to Gamestop the very next time I went. I also know the threat of young children playing mature games is happening in my community, and it's time me and friends and aquaintances took action.
  • AwesomeA1010 - October 8, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    this is a great article, it didn't feel anything like 10 pages because I was so into it
  • tuomotaivainen - October 8, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    I'm one of the kids who was allowed to buy Diablo 2 thanks to mommy! Awesome part is.. I'm still a perfectly mature (most of the time), responsible person. Given the right circumstances and proper parenting skills. Kids CAN play M rated games and still turn out ok. Most of these problem people are actually revolved around threat #1. Which is just completely sad.
  • freddyqaqualung - October 8, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    I feel glad that I have those kinds of parents that actually pay attention to things and consider it in a reasonable manner. Also that I'm not that kid who shouts racial slurs at you over the mic in COD.
  • Da-Ku - September 2, 2008 3:10 p.m.

    First! Sorry Anyway... I Have To Admit I Used To Be A Fanboy But then I Bought a PS2 Aswell As A Wii I Need A 360 Now But Im Not Touching The PS3 It Has Good Games And I Dont Hate It I Just Dont Think Its A Good System