@Z0DIAK-BRAVE said in Episode 4 story is disgusting:
@Zipzo said in Episode 4 story is disgusting:
@RedDingo7777 said in Episode 4 story is disgusting:
Are IRL children harmed in the creation of this content?
Honestly the answer to this question is not simple, nor is the question itself.
The argument would be that facilitating these sorts of fetishes IRL with content that seems to "promote" their (a pedophile's) inclinations worsens their disorder by nature of enabling their feelings and potentially pushes a afflicted individual closer to committing an actual crime by acting on their tendencies.
This is something of an active debate in the field of psychology though.
Unlike how violence in games has been scientifically proven a hundred times to not cause violent tendencies in people (because time and time again ppl love using games as scapegoats), the argument you mentioned has been thrown out there a million times without any real evidence that proves it true that I know of. So much so that it holds zero weight with me and just comes across as an empty excuse. Until I'm shown evidence that proves otherwise, worrying about pixels is a complete waste of time.
Yeah, that's why I said it's an active debate.
I think it's important to distinguish between something being the sole reason someone is influenced to do something, or something being simply a factor in someone's influence.
Did a violent game force or brainwash someone in to committing violence? No, probably not. Did it help? I mean...no, probably not. Does it really make sense in your mind to say that it had literally zero effect on someone that is already suffering from (probably) some kind of mental illness?
Similarly, pedophilia is a disorder, it's an affliction that those with it need to manage. Do you think freedom to access and play free video games that let them play out there fantasy helps them reduce their inclinations?
Like I said, I'm not saying any of this is objectively proven, but with a little bit of common sense and understanding that there's a lot of nuance, I feel like it's easy to come to the conclusion that the effect media on people who are mentally compromised is not zero.