Last updated on: 5/3/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Matt Terzi Biography

Title:
Staff Writer for Reverb Press
Position:
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“Being an advocate for real-world peace and a virtual killing machine in the video game realm are not mutually exclusive…

I played through the famous, gruesomely upsetting torture scene In Grand Theft Auto V, where you, playing as the instantly-legendary character Trevor Phillips, violently torture another character. It was the most grotesque thing I’d ever encountered in a video game. But it certainly wouldn’t inspire me to torture another person… far from it. If anything, it helped me better appreciate just how horrible torture is and show me, in graphic detail, precisely why torture is an archaic device of untold evil. You aren’t supposed to have ‘fun’ torturing that man… it’s supposed to make you feel disgusted and violated. And of all my countless gamer friends, I don’t know a single player who didn’t feel exactly that…

[U]ntil you’ve actually played these games, please don’t pass judgment on those of us who have. And for the love of God, don’t try to force these games to change because you, a person who will never play them, take issue with their content.”

“No, Video Games Do Not Cause Violence,” Reverb Press, Aug. 18, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editor-in-Chief, Firebrand Left, Aug. 2015-present
  • Staff Writer, Reverb Press, July 2015-present
  • Columnist, National Report, Mar. 2014-present
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Obscure Republic, Jan. 2013-present
  • Contributor (under the pseudonym Matt Rock), Newsvine.com, Apr. 2008-present
  • Chief of Staff, Pardon the Pundit, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2014
  • Contributor, Examiner.com, Apr. 2011
  • Former DJ, WHRW 90.5 FM
  • Former Director, Radio Theater Department, WHRW 90.5 FM
  • Former Director and Lead Designer, MISoft Studios
  • Education:
  • None found
  • Other:
  • Twitter handle: @mattrock607
  • Has written under the pseudonym “Matt Rock”
  • Born in Binghamton, NY
  • Plays drums in a band called Letters of Last Resort
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?