A huge debate that has come up lately is whether or not violent video games affects the minds of the kids who are playing them. The gaming industry is being blamed for deaths or violence of kids because of the games that they put out. The fault should not be put on the gaming industry at all. There are categories and warnings for certain aged children not to play a specific game. If they do, that should not be the gaming companies fault. That is the parents fault for letting their child play a violent game at a young age when the game is classified for an older age. Secondly, the game does not make the person commit the actions that they play in a game. I'm part of a generation brought up on Goldeneye and other games where killing is involved. I play video games of violent nature and I have never thought about killing or severely harming others to imitate the game that I played a few hours beforehand. The game does not make you get a gun and kill people. It is your choice on whether or not to take the gun and use it against innocent people. I feel another reason that the gaming industry is being blamed is because taking people to court and getting their money is the new way at achieving the American Dream. When our ancestors came here, they felt the only way to get the American Dream was to work hard for everything that they could. In today's society, we're filled with ideas on how to make a quick buck, and suing someone to get a few million dollars and live the American Dream is the cheap way. You see it in the news every day, and more people then you think are either the perpetraitors, or the victims. The gaming industry is just another pawn in these peoples chess game to make money quick. I think that the real problem is that people don't want to own up to the mistakes that they have made. The thought of taking responsibilty for your actions repulses most people because we can find ways out of situations so much easier today. In the end, people kill people. Video games don't cause people to kill others.

Mercy Killings

Mercy killings have been a huge issue in America due to the fact that America is split in half by it. Many people feel that if a person is suffering and is willing to sign their life away to end their suffering, it should be accepted by the courts. At the other side of the spectrum, many Americans feel that the taking of a life, no matter how bad of shape that life may be in, is murder. I stand deadlocked. I am a criminal justice major, and the taking of another person's life, even consentual is considered murder. Although once I get older and God forbid I should be so ill and in so much pain that I wish for my life to be ended, a decision may come for me to want to have someone end my already miserable life. Dr. Kevorkian is a perfect example of a mercy killer. He gets signed consent, and often makes the patient wait weeks to months to make sure that this is what they truly want to do. He feels that if someone is suffering that much and they want their life to end, the patient has the right to do so. In 1999, he was put in jail for second degree murder, due to the fact that he video taped one of his killings to show the world how much pain the victims he is asissting the taking of their lives are in. Currently, I feel that mercy killing is the same as murder, but I can not say I would not act in the same manner once older and in pain.

Hello world!

My name is Andy Pogorzelski, and I'm a freshman here at PSU.  I like baseball, rugby, skiing, biking, hiking, climbing, golf.  Pretty much anything outside i'll love doing.  I work at a golf course and a photo studio over the summer.  I'm from Hillsborough, New Jersey, which is about a 6 hour car drive here to school.  I'm a pretty down to earth person and i like to have fun.