No, Moby, Video Games Did Not Contribute to the Rise of Trump

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By William Hicks | 3:49 pm, November 6, 2016

Video games seem to be blamed for everything these days from the financial failure of Ghostbusters to the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting. Columnists just can’t seem to run out of hot takes to blame video games for all the world’s problems.

And now “nobody listens to techno” Moby gets creative and blames video game misogyny for the rise of Donald Trump.

In a blog post on the Huffington PostMoby claims that the rampant sexism he perceives in video games numbed the masses into accepting Trump’s own alleged misogyny.

I was at a friend’s house and his kids were playing video games. I learned from his 10-year-old son how profitable it was in the video game to have sex with a prostitute, and then kill her and take back the money that you’d just paid her for sex. When you have kids in middle America growing up listening to misogynistic music, and playing misogynist video games, and watching misogynistic TV and movies, is it in any way surprising that they grow up and respond warmly to Trump and his misogyny?

First of all, that makes no sense. If you kill someone to get your money back it’s not profitable, dummy. Moby also doesn’t understand the fact that Grand Theft Auto  (which he’s clearly referring to) should never be played by a ten year old and in no way encourages players to kill prostitutes. His willingness to correlate video games with the rise of a political candidate shows a profound misunderstanding of the medium.

In his HuffPost essay (which we read so you don’t have to) Moby also returns to his longtime behavior of acting like an old church lady in public — picking fights with other artists like Prodigy and Eminem over the contents of their music. At least he acknowledges that he was told to lighten up.

Just because Moby’s  been complaining about art he doesn’t like his whole life, doesn’t mean he gets to say “I told you so” now just because Trump might get elected. Trump has nothing to do with Grand Theft Auto, ” Smack My Bitch Up, or even “Stan.”

Moby, please lighten up. The election’s almost over and never once had anything to do with video games.

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