Some myths have more lives than cats and Mario combined. That’s the way plenty of us feel whenever we see someone blaming video games for every new armed atrocity that shocks the world. Look, we get it, video games are an easy target. It’s far easier to blame them for somebody acting violently than it is to confront the tangled, messy, complex web of interrelated reasons that’s actually at fault. But it doesn’t mean that we should power down our critical thinking, just because we want easy answers.

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, and other politicians recently used video games as a scapegoat to (at least in part) explain the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton. However, the internet quickly reacted with a whole slew of original memes that hit back against this idea.

Bored Panda collected the best of the best, the crème de la crème, of memes showing how video games don’t cause violence. Upvote the ones you love the most and leave a comment to let everyone know what you thought of the memes. Keep on scrolling, because the memes at the very bottom of the post get lonely sometimes (just don’t feed them after midnight)!

Professor Andrew Przybylski of the Oxford Internet Institute told Bored Panda that “the idea that violent video games cause real-world aggression has been with us for more than four decades but in this time there has been no convincing evidence that supports it.”

“I’d observe that video games with combat, crime, and war are quite popular in Japan, South Korea, Germany, and the U.K., and these countries do not have the same problems with large numbers of shootings,” noted Przybylski, who is an experimental psychologist and Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute. His work is concerned with applying psychological models of motivation and health to study how people interact with virtual environments.

When asked by Bored Panda why he thinks video games keep getting blamed for violence, Przybylski answered that “research indicates that about half of the adult U.S. population plays games, I suspect that as this number rises (i.e. gamers age) this excuse will hold less water.”

The professor also mentioned that video games “might” desensitize people to violence, “but it’s likely that the effects are smaller and more nuanced than many assume.”

“I think that games are a complex form of play and that gaming companies should share their data with independent researchers; not because games cause violence, but because they are now an essential part of our lives. It’s their responsibility to our society as good corporate citizens,” Professor Przybylski added.

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Nancy Jeckells 2 weeks ago

love it, and so true

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dåg 2 weeks ago

Women were accused of witchcraft if they owned land, because men didn't want them having any power..... Look it up... it was a way to get rid of single women.

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On the 5th of August, Trump condemned “racism, bigotry and white supremacy”, as well as video games for the most recent deadly shootings in the US.

“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace,” said Trump. “It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence." The 3rd and 4th of August were bloody days for the US: a gunman killed 22 people in El Paso, Texas on Saturday; while another attacker killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday.

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Leo Domitrix 2 weeks ago

Intolerance and ignorance, of course, have nothing to do with violence... *headdesk*

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Jonathon Smith 2 weeks ago

Ah philosoraptor, how I've missed you!

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Trump wasn’t the only one stating that video games had something to do with the shootings, however. House Minority Leader and California Republican Kevin McCarthy shared similar thoughts: “But the idea of these video games that dehumanize individuals to have a game of shooting individuals and others —  I've always felt that is a problem for future generations and others. We've watched from studies shown before of what it does to individuals. When you look at these photos of how it took place, you can see the actions within video games and others."

McCarthy may have a point about people getting slightly desensitized to violence through consuming media, but it’s unclear what specific studies McCarthy referred to. The general consensus among the academic community is that there is no established link between playing video games and acting violently.

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Johnny Farnen 2 weeks ago

Citizens do not have access to firearms in Japan.

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Oathbraker 2 weeks ago

Just be glad it didn't make you a middle aged man from the Balkans with a dark past.

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Furthermore, video games are played all across the globe, and yet, it’s only the United States that has so many instances of gun violence. In 2018 alone, there were 340 mass shootings in the country. 340! 3-4-0!!!

According to CNN, the US also has 57 times more school shootings than “other major industrialized” countries do, combined. Since 2009, the US has had more than 288 school shootings; Mexico is in second place with 8. Clearly, some other factors are to blame for American shootings, not Call of Duty. Hence, why the internet’s very best meme-engineers started working overtime to satirize the very notion that Game Boys and PlayStations create murderers.

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Oathbraker 2 weeks ago

Euro Truck Simulator 2 is actually surprisingly fun and addictive.

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Oathbraker 2 weeks ago

"You're going to eat until I say you're full or else..."

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THEPS 2 weeks ago

Well to be honest that guy does look like a serial killed. lol

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ChaiDai 2 weeks ago

Is this what tRUMP meant by making America Great Again?

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Miklós Nagy 2 weeks ago

Than they actually just stand still.

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Foxyloxylou 2 weeks ago

or me, raising my Pokemon

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Daria B 2 weeks ago (edited)

The country is literally still at war (officially) and yet it's one of the safest places on Earth to live.

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Schrödinger's Dog 2 weeks ago

*cough cough almost every war ever cough cough*

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M O'Connell 2 weeks ago

Never mind the text, the apple really does not fall far from the tree.

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Ed Souza 2 weeks ago (edited)

What's surprising about this is the fact that Japan's video game revenue is so low.

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SnowyLynx 1 week ago

Sad, but true unfortunately

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Podunkus 2 weeks ago

His mouth is Peter Griffin’s chin.

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Tabitha L 2 weeks ago

Why are people blaming "the media"? I have listened to CNN, NPR, and MSNBC. I have read WAPO and NYT. None of these outlets are blaming video games. They are blaming white nationals.

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The Girl on Fire 2 weeks ago

I love this meme format

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Arno Nüüm 2 weeks ago

Probably playing Wolfenstein.

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Neon Petra 2 weeks ago

Me helping the Minutemen in Fallout 4

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Erwin van Barneveld 2 weeks ago

You forgot Verdun.

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Wil Vanderheijden 2 weeks ago (edited)

Fake news and alternate facts from the enemies of the people. Next they'll be saying it's because of politicians yelling about how immigrants invade the country and how gay people and videogamers incite to violence./S ( Oops nearly forgot the /S)

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Megan Johnson 2 weeks ago

<3 Keanu

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Ivo H 2 weeks ago

Someone REALLY said that? Like... really? :O

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SnowyLynx 1 week ago

If that were true - pray, pray like you never have before

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Brandy Grote 2 weeks ago

And rowing in circles.

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Analyn Lahr 2 weeks ago

Trump must be having a perpetual stroke.

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SnowyLynx 1 week ago

Nahhhhhhh - just warfare over centuries upon centuries of conflict and conquest, while video games are barely 1 century old. But wtf are facts and historical repeats?

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Schrödinger's Dog 2 weeks ago

Those damn bananas...

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SnowyLynx 1 week ago

I shouldn’t have laughed, I’m sorry ;P

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Monday 2 weeks ago

I remember as a child I used to make sim versions of people I was angry at and then lock them in a room to starve......never did anything to the person and I felt a lot better.

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rhyan lumilay 1 week ago

I am amazed a commercial here in my country made through here. LOL

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Monika Rhodes 2 weeks ago

Oh, don't worry Action Movies. You're next!

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Miss_Olivia 1 week ago

Also serial killer: I was bullied and had shit parents Media: meh

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SnowyLynx 1 week ago

Too funny

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Bored Alchemist 2 weeks ago

Well spiderman isn't wrong

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Carol Anne Benoit 2 weeks ago

Hey, Middle Aged White Mom here and I KNOW this is bullshit.

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Scott Lloyd 2 weeks ago

The hell you can use VR stuff when every other person is using controllers?

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Kathleen Barlow 2 weeks ago

I remember when they used to blame it on music.

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Schrödinger's Dog 2 weeks ago

You can't shoot anyone if you're at home playing video games...

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Carol Anne Benoit 2 weeks ago

My 14 year old son uses 'Boomer' as a pejorative. Thankfully, he's talking about my older brother and not me.

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Monday 2 weeks ago

I mean...that's a dangerous game to play...second only to monopoly of course.

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SnowyLynx 1 week ago

Speak the truth Po!!!!

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SnowyLynx 1 week ago

He’ll get far with that knife, that’s for sure

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SnowyLynx 1 week ago

Ignores the facts. Totally surprised there

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Monika Rhodes 2 weeks ago

But it was trump who blamed it on games, no?

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PyroKitty 2 weeks ago

How dare you disrespect Phil Swift!

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SnowyLynx 1 week ago

Been used already, but funny

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