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Is it wrong to blame hip hop? (Hint: Yes)

13 Nov 2007 by ShogZ

This article over at the BBC looks again at whether Hip Hop, rap and video games are to blame for gang violence.

I'm going to wade into difficult territory here, Quake Wars style, and see if I can put some reason up. I can only speak from the UK perspective, so thats what I'll do.
As I understand it the current Games and guns argument goes: Games and music are violent, kids experiene these and get violent. Or, kids are predisposed to violence and games and music tip them over / encourage this.

First numbers, the number of people buying and listening to Hip Hop in this country is massive. Yeah, it's heard in council estates and ghettos, but its also heard in middle class homes and the odd mansion. Hip Hop, as Nas would say, is dead in its truest form, that is expression music for those most disenfranchised, or a way out for that same crowd.

Games are equally widespread, literally hundreds of thousands of kids are playing Halo, Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt along with a healthy proportion of adults.

Of these, less than 1% will go on to commit violent crime. It's true that if you look backwards and say 'but 100% who have done crime have played games at some time' its also the same if you ask how many of those people have drunk tap water. Quick ban the taps.

Next, demographics. I am going to make a racial point here, and as always the pc brigade will likely wet their environment friendly, dead cow hair, recyclable nappies. Fuck off, it's time to stop reacting and start learning.

Of all the recent gun crime in the UK, the majority of perpetrators (not always the victims but still mostly) are from the black community. There is a reason Operation Trident was set up to deal specificlly with Black on Black gun crime in London: It is happening a lot.

Now lets look at Hip Hop and Games, is this music and entertainment restricted solely to this demographic? Hell no. Black people listen to Hip Hop, and white people listen to Elvis right? Wrong.

Eminem tapped into the market when he correctly identified that the vast majority of kids buying his (And HH other artists) stuff were white...And middle class. The same goes for games, go to any LAN cafe, cyber league, Game store, Computer Exchange, hell even the games section at hmv, go to the most violent games sections you can find and you will see a lot of white faces, in some cases and places mentioned above you will see only white faces.

Where is the operation trident for White on White gun crime fuelled by games and music? It doesnt exist.

Gun crime is not just a black problem, its being perpetrated by white, asian, chinese..fucking martian...whatever as well, but it's over representative in the black community, why?

And if the Black community is not wholly involved with guns (It isnt by a long shot - ahem) and if the black community is a small proportion of the whole gaming and hip hop community, why does a minority within a minority dictate the rule for the whole?

In the UK a tiny number of individuals, predominantly within one community, are being examined as the test case for everyone, those people aren't right, and neither is that method.

True pir8 Radio

21 Oct 2007 by ShogZ

There is now an album of pirate hip hop out. By pirate I of course mean of the swashbuklin sort. You can preview the tracks or download / buy the album from CD Baby over here.

Avast ye landlubbers!

P.S: Soundtracks are an essential part of life, something SpiKe will discuss in his hotly anticipiated Quake Warts / TF2 review...

Halo cash money!

19 Oct 2007 by ShogZ

It's been a damned good year for games financially, selling large numbers all over the place with the big jump being largely due to MS and the Halo 3 franchise.

The hardware sales aren't even comparable and I'm guessing Sony is still loosing money hand over fist on the PS3, looking at its pretty woeful numbers. They'll be a Christmas pickup for sure, but enough to bump it into second behind MS? Doubtful.

You can read the numbers over at CNN here.

Edit: A thorough market analysis and  cost benefit report of the respective publishers campaigns is inherent in Spike's upcoming review of Quakewars. He tells me he's formulated a new macro economic module from the data he's got on users versus sales. Can't wait to read it.

Next Gen: Assasins Creed

13 Oct 2007 by ShogZ

This article over at the BBC looks at next gen gaming.

Thing is, it actually just looks at marketing Assasins Creed for the Xbox 360, which is no bad thing but the fabric of the argument i.e. What it takes to be next gen isn't truly explored. It does give us some more info on a game I want so bad it's a kind of lust though. So read it you filth peddlars.

Of course, the idea of next gen will be fully explored in Spike's upcoming review of Quake Wars, which he assures me is well underway...

Government Reviews UK Gaming

09 Oct 2007 by ShogZ

The Government is about to launch a review into games.

The idea is to identify any negative affects they have on children and better ways top regulate the industry. I'm not exactly thrilled by yet another 'psychologists review' of gaming, sponsored by the government but I'm hoping the findings are balanced. ELSPA have got in there early and are working with the review, as are some senior developers, here's hoping it balances out. You can read more here.

Of course all of these social ills will be blown away by the compelling argument for sohial cohesion through gaming put forth in Spikes upcoming Quake Wars review...