Digital Artefact Pitch

As I don’t want to repeat the information already presented in the Youtube video I made to pitch my initial idea I am just going to sum up my digital artefact in one sentence. I want to investigate why the media always uses violent gameplay as an excuse to why mass shootings occur. This topic is super relevant right now especially due to the two devastating mass shootings which happened in America the last week in El Paso and Dayton which were once again linked to the idea that the shooters played violent video games and therefore that is why these mass shootings have occurred.

However, this is not the first time violent gameplay has been blamed for mass shootings this theory has started from politicians, in particular, Donald Trump who has on numerous occasions been quoted that “playing violent video games glorifies violence and brutality”. Mr Trump has always used violent gameplay as an excuse for mass shootings which are happening in his country, however, he has completely ignored the fact that these people who conduct mass shootings are usually white supremacists who idealise his own opinions about the world and that they have very easy access to highly powerful weaponry. Now after these two recent mass shootings Donald Trump believes he is able to stop these from happening again by taking action against violent games and removing them from the shelves of American stores but is this really going to fix the issue when you have guns for sale in the same store?

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These are the types of questions I want to investigate through my series of blog posts for this digital artefact. Why has Donald Trump started this theory? Is it tactical for his own gain or just easier for him to blame it on something else?

Through much research, I have already found many academic and non-academic sources on this topic. Some which are recent and linked to the newer mass shootings like El Paso and Dayton but others are older and linked to other mass shootings where this idea has also been used. One academic source I found talks about the history of this idea and how it started in the mid-1990s when people had this moral panic that violent games were to blame for violent behaviours in school. However, it wasn’t until 2005 when Hilary Clinton publicly said in a press conference that “violent video games are putting the youth at risk”. This idea was then accelerated during Donald Trump’s presidency when mass shootings would occur he would instantly blame violent gameplay. Now in 2019, Donald Trump wants to take action against these video games like I mentioned earlier.

Other academic sources I found specifically research this idea and have conducted many tests to see if this theory is correct. It is now proven that video games do not create violent tendencies in teens. In fact, only 20% of all school shooters have ever actually played games considered ‘violent’. As playing video games is considered a normal activity for teenagers to do it is clear that any teen who is going to engage in a mass shooting is therefore not doing normal things their peers are like playing games. It has further been proven that the United States is not the largest consumer of violent video games however they have the highest violent gun death rate. This clearly shows there is no link between violent games and mass shootings however even with all the evidence against him Donald Trump continues to use games as a scapegoat.

Even though not a game player myself this idea enrages me as I feel that someone in such a high power like Donald Trump should actually own up to what is occurring in his country and not just take the easy way out. I hope through the use of my digital artefact I can dive deeper into these ideas and questions I have initially laid out. I also hope to find an audience who also feels passionately about this topic and to hopefully engage with my blog posts which can aid me with future research.


‘Donald Trump Partly Blames Video Games for Mass Shootings’, TMZ, 5 August 2019, accessed 11 August 2019, < >.

Fantz, A & Griggs, B 2013, ‘NRA draws heat over its new shooting game’, CNN Business, 16 January, accessed 11 August 2019, < >.

Markey, P & Ferguson, C. (2017). ‘Teaching Us to Fear: The Violent Video Game Moral Panic and the Politics of Game Research’, Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong, One Manhatten Square, pp. 99-115.

Whitten, S 2019, ‘No evidence that violent video games are causing mass shootings, despite politician claims’, CNBC, 9 August, accessed 11 August 2019, < >.

Images Reference

Keneally, M 2018, Breaking Down the Debate Over Violent Video Games and School Shootings, ABC News, viewed aa August 2019, < >.

Kohler, W 2019, Walmart Pulls Violent Video Games but Continues to Sell Guns, Back2StoneWall, viewed 11 August 2019, < >.

5 thoughts on “Digital Artefact Pitch

  1. Hey Serena! Your pitch video was very clear and insightful. Everything was fluid and very well thought-out. I can’t really point out any flaws really except that I’d suggest slowing down your speech slightly as it would have gotten you to the 2minute mark, but other than that I feel you said everything you needed to in your video.

    Your contextual blog post was excellently paired and gave you a space and platform to further delve in and pitch your idea with more detail. The debate on video game violence creating real life violent behaviour is a topic we as media students are constantly discussing as we know the basic theories of passive and active audiences so I really think you should utilise your knowledge on this topic. I’d recommend researching more about “moral panic” as I agree this is exactly what President Trump is creating in the research you have already found. Have a look at “Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong” by By Patrick M. Markey, Christopher J. Ferguson as it ties into your DA very well.

    As for finding an audience, I too will be doing a blog post series for my DA and just wanted to suggest using other WordPress blog site communities or even a platform like Reddit to attract an audience to your posts. Finding communities who also care or are interested in this topic will create a great amount of engagement for you.

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  2. Hello, Serena!

    When I saw your first paragraph, I love your DA already!!! You have your aim, the reason why you choose this topic, the relevant news source, and the utility all in it! I think this prepares me for your following video. Well done in arranging the blog’s structure!


    I noticed that each of your slides contains lots of long sentences, which I find it looks crowded. I mean your speaking is very clear and easy to understand, so maybe for the next time, just write down some short sentence and keywords.

    I like the part you address you will collect other academic and non-academic opinion on the shooting, and avoid your biased personal opinion. I think through this DA; you will also improve your ability as a journalist (I assume this is your dream job).

    I find your pitch video is 20 sec shorter than the subject required. You can fill that time gap by showing your overall blog plan. For example, tell us How many posts you plan to write at this stage, What is the news you plan to drove on except those you mentioned. I think that information will be handy for your Beta, for that one, you can talk about things changed.


    It’s perfect!
    The Trump example is very appropriate; 
    the academic text about the history of violence and game is an excellent introduction to your DA (maybe you can consider adding that in the first blog); 


    I think you can compare the impact of violence game with violence TV shows, films. Is the media just blame violence game? Or is the legacy media believe all the other entertaining media (TV, film) should be responsible for gun shooting? 

    the relation of violence game and behavior, explain from the Psychology perspective.

    Why children wan to play a game, not because of the violence scene

    Overall, as a non-big-gamer myself, I think your idea is fascinating and easy to relate.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question with my comment.

    Best wishes,

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  3. Your pitch video is clear, concise, and informative. My only critique would be to slow down and allow yourself and the audience a breath between points. I don’t feel like it would have caused you to go over the 2-minute mark.

    Your contextual blog post was equally clear and I appreciated the detail you went into. You have neat paragraphing, proper grammar, and I found it easy to follow what you were explaining. Alongside your reference list (which is great) I’d possibly look into hyperlinking those sources into the body text as I personally find that method to be intuitive.

    In making the comments he has, President Trump is inciting a moral panic against video games, which is a topic I’d love to see you include in this project. As previously said by another commenter, “Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong” by By Patrick M. Markey and Christopher J. Ferguson is a great source and I implore you to look into it.


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