US town destroying video games

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Following the tragic Newtown, Connecticut shooting on 14 December 2012, which left 20 children and six adults dead, a neighbouring town is planning to collect and destroy violent video games, CDs and DVDs.

Volunteers will assemble in Southington, nearby Newtown, on 12 January in order to get rid of any violent games that parents or children want to alleviate themselves of.

If a video game is handed over and destroyed, the family will receive a gift voucher to a local restaurant, an amusement park or a bowling alley.

“We want to stop the violence in our community,” Southington board president of the chamber of commerce said Charlie Cocuzza said. “Those games can cost $60 or $70. So we want to give families a certificate to do something fun and family-oriented, something where they can spend a couple of hours together instead.”

The Southing SOS community group is in charge of the initiative, and while the plan to destroy the games may seem extreme, the organisation made it clear that they’re not linking violent video games to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“We’re not saying the use of video games causes people to become murderers, but there’s evidence that it causes increases in aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and desensitization about actions of violence,” said director of community services Susan Saucier.

Source: Courant 

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  • CaptainNemo42

    I’ll go hang around there and see if I can score some free violent video games… If I could.

  • rory hough

    To be honest there is nothing wrong with violent games at the end of the day there are age restrictions for a reason and if the parents don’t stick to making sure there children are capable to handle that violence (parents should know there children s boundary’s mentally) wont become overly obsessed and uncontrollable.

  • CaptainNemo42

    I think it’s knee-jerk reaction. People are getting excited about it due to ignorance. Also, us gamer are very quick to jump to the defense, almost too quick, it almost makes us look guilty. A reaction to a reaction.

    Yes, the onus is on the parents and the retailers to prevent kids from playing violent games, but trust me, if a kid wants to play that game, he will play it. Also, a person of a legal age can be mentally not all there and buy a violent game, but a kid with no problems can’t?

    The thing is, everybody is to blame, the parents, teachers, retailers, loose gun laws, marketing companies and the developers. But everybody is pointing fingers because nobody is willing to accept their own responsibility for the Sandy Hook tragedy.

    Unfortunately everybody will dance to a different tune next time something like this happens.

  • BrendanMcCT

    While they’re at it, they better get rid of all their tv’s or violent tv programs, movies, newspaper outlets. etc etc its the media that make it so big by reporting it and make the killer and his spree infamous, and yet video games get blamed all the time…

  • CeeZedCee

    And the internet with all that weird content.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1484350260 Jaid Orfali

    nah they should find a small island to live on away from it all….

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