Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- You know killing someone in real life is not OK, but what if it's pretend? Well, kids do it all the time, and don't think twice when they play violent video games.
After the gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary left 28 people dead, many are questioning how these games affect the kids that play them.
Video Game Heaven owner Chris Galamb's business is to sell video games, but he says the violent ones are not for kids.
He'll even reward parents who don't buy them because he says he's seen what they can do.
"It's just not right. It's detrimental to those kids because they don't fully understand what those games are," Galamb said.
Real versus fiction and the maturity to know the difference -- that's what it comes down to for Galamb.
When it comes to violent video games, he says they're not for kids.
"I literally will reward a parent with a discount, sometimes just for telling a kid, 'No, you can't buy that game,'" he said.
The shooting, and even execution-style killing, in the games like "Call of Duty: Black Ops" is the reason why.
"Call of Duty" is a game volunteer Bartolo Gonzales likes to play, but he wants to make sure a game like this doesn't get into the hands of a child because he's experienced first hand what video game violence can do.
"A Plantation Acres shooting. My nephew was involved in it. Twelve years old. Shot the boy," Gonzales said.
Gonzales is the uncle of the 12-year-old who accidentally shot and killed 10-year-old Hunter Morris after finding his parent's pistol in the house.
"In the midst of them playing it, they were actually playing 'Call of Duty: Black Ops,'" Gonzales said.
"It really hit me hard. Then and it made me think of my stance on everything. I've always been against children playing these games, but until you really see it firsthand, you don't really feel the impact of it," Galamb said.
Now the two hope they can spread the message of responsible gaming.
"It does break my heart to see a child get a game that they should never own, and I will make sure every time that a parent understands I don't recommend you let him play this," Galamb said.
"I'm hoping and praying every day that parents wake up and realize that their child should not be playing a game like that," Gonzales said.