Okay, that's not true. I disagreed with his ending of It....and Cujo....and Carrie....and Christine...and Salem's Lot...."The Mist"... Basically I disagree with the ending of [insert Stephen King book or short story here]. But there are several things that I certainly do agree with this Maine-dwelling author of Scots-Irish descent on, like, well, like clowns are creepy; rabid dogs are creepy; vampires are creepy; the phrase "Everything floats down here, Georgie!" is creepy; balloons, in the right context, are creepy; Creepshow is creepy; pigs' blood is creepy; high school is creepy; spiders are creepy; arthritis is creepy; electronic devices and cars that come to life are creepy; bullying is creepy; the song "I Hear You Knockin', But You Can't Come In" is creepy; hotel rooms are creepy; Mainers are creepy; psychopomps are creepy; death is creepy; this warm and fuzzy picture of Stephen King is creepy:
telekinesis is creepy; arson is creepy; physical abuse is creepy; sexual abuse is creepy; fanatics are creepy; doctors are creepy; hauntings are creepy; old, dilapidated houses are creepy; abandoned psychiatric institutions are creepy; walking corpses are creepy; decomposing corpses are creepy; cemetaries are creepy; those cymbal-crashing monkey toys - THOSE are creepy; hobbling people is creepy; being buried alive is creepy; being tortured is creepy; top-secret biological experiments on an island in the middle of Sebec Lake are creepy; flesh-eating, water-dwelling ooze is creepy; Church and Gage are creepy; pet semetaries are creepy - especially when childishly misspelled; aliens are creepy; meteors full of fuzz-growing goo are creepy. These things I agree with.
But I don't agree that kids under 18 need to be playing violent video games. He argues that Carrie and The Shining are violent, but they are also RATED R. They are also over in, like, an hour and a half, and neither is as greusome as some of the video games that have been released since the mid-90s. I understand that he believes that parents should make the decision whether their child should be allowed to play a violent video game, but unlike a rated R movie, a parent is very unlikely to be present in the room and monitoring their child playing Manhunt 2 or Grand Theft Auto 4 every minute. You can't tell me that killing people in a video game for hours on end has a healthy effect on a child's mind. I don't blame violent video games for the rampant school killings...okay, maybe I do. So many of these games have very realistic people killing very realistic people - in really graphic and horrible and very realistic ways. I can't imagine this doesn't desensitize kids, and I have no idea what the effects are - I was playing Nintendo's RPG-esque game Final Fantasy until 4AM some week nights while I was in high school (God, I loved that game!). I don't think a ban on violent video games will hurt anything but the pocketbooks of the CEOs at Rockstar Video Games. Maybe it'll force them to adapt and create some really awesome, nonviolent games.
That said, I can't wait to get my hands on Manhunt 2.