Bouncing To Violence

By Eric D.Graham
Updated: May 18, 2012

Oh say can you...See?

Oh say can you...See?

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)–Its beginning was soaked in blood.

Dead bodies on the battlefield covered its landscape.

But, we shouldn’t be shocked.

Because Brother H.Rap Brown proclaimed that “violence is as American as cherry pie.”

It, in fact, is a part of the American lexicon, part of the American diet, which is usually served on a silver platter alongside a cheap chili hot dog, a large order of French fries and a tall glass of beer.

It is packaged during primetime, cleverly commercialized, sold to consumers, advertised to children of all ages and even promoted during the NBA Playoffs.

And while we cringed at the sight of a basketball player oddly named Metta World Peace, who spontaneously threw a wicked elbow at the head of James Harden, before every game we all place our hands over our hearts and sing the Star Spangled Banner with lyrics by Francis Scott Key, which says “And the rockets red-glare, the bombs burst in the air….”

Yes, violence is part of the American psyche.

Therefore, as much as we want to condemn the Lakers’ Ron Artest’s violent assault on OKC’s James Harden, we all, seem to have overlooked the gun-toting violence being advertised in the new video game Max Payne during the NBA playoffs.

In Rockstar Games’ third installment of the video game Max Payne, it disturbingly shows the game’s avatars carrying guns and firing them aimlessly into a crowd of people, while ducking and dodging bullets as they whisk by their heads in its latest commercial.

The question, however, is, what does all of this “flash and crash” have to do with the NBA?

And are these violent images endorsed by the league?

It’s mind-boggling that such a violent video game would be allowed to be advertised as part of the NBA’s lineup, especially with the past gun-toting incident involving former Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, who was charged with murder after a woman was shot on an Atlanta street.

The only reason I bring up this issue, is because, the NBA, recently considered language a form of violence with its new anti-gay commercial, which features Phoenix Suns’ Grant Hill and Jared Dudley .

Despite this well-intended public service announcement, which denounces verbal violence, how can the NBA highlight such lawlessness as a form of entertainment in the new Max Payne video game?

Payne, if you didn’t know, is an alcoholic, who is addicted to pain killers .

But, that’s beside the point.

Violence is Violence.

In other words, don’t blame Ron Artest.

Check your self.

Because, the NBA is playing a dangerous game with Max Payne.

And if they are not careful, they’ll be dancing with Devil next.

Oh snap, I have spoken too soon.

Now, they’re promoting the new long-awaited Diablo III video game, which is set to be launched on May 15.