By CCN Markets: Nowadays, video games are blamed for every unfortunate event in the world with a passable connection to gaming. From addictions to mass shootings, video games are the scapegoat, while many critical social issues often get overlooked. Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has put the blame on Call of Duty as part of the most recent video game scapegoat event.
Losing a match because of Call of Duty
According to Sporting News, the controversial Aussie lost his US Open match yesterday against the Russian Andrey Rublev. Early in the first set, Kyrgios started to struggle with his eyesight with the Aussie tennis player heavily cursing during the game because of his vision problems.
Kyrgios even used eye drops in an attempt to get his vision in shape, but it didn’t help his already lost match as his opponent played tennis solidly while the Australian was struggling with his eyesight.
At first, the tennis player started blaming the bright lights of the Arthur Ashe Stadium. But later on in the second set, he realized the video game franchise Call of Duty should be the scapegoat for his failed match.
“I can’t see. Call of Duty has ruined me – I can’t see. I don’t know what to do, bro. I can’t see. I low key can’t see,” he said.
Blaming video games… as always
Kyrgios putting the blame on a video game is complete nonsense. He didn’t lose the match because Call of Duty did not allow him to play decent tennis. No, he lost since he was gaming too much instead of preparing for his game against Rublev.
And this has not been the first case when video games were blamed unfairly. Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump used video games as a scapegoat for the multiple mass shootings in the North American country, including the Walmart attack in El Paso that resulted in 20 deaths.
Trump is not alone; the violent nature of some video games has been brought in connection with other disastrous events, such as the tragic Christchurch shootings in New Zealand.
An Oxford University study debunks the myth altogether, finding no correlation between gun violence and exposure to violent video games.
However – despite the scientific evidence – video games will be still blamed for every unfortunate event that has at least a minor connection to them as it’s easier to use a scapegoat than look into the roots or a problem to find a real solution.