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    Lightbulb Connecticut Group Wants Your Violent Videogames — To Destroy Them [Slashdot]

    DavidGilbert99 writes with this excerpt from IB Times: "The Sandy Hook shooting once again raised the debate about how much power violent videogames wield over teenagers. Following proclamations from the National Rifle Association and the establishment of a study by the National Academy of Sciences to investigate the psychological effects of violent games on children, a group in Connecticut is now having its say Southington, a town 30 miles from where the shooting took place, is offering gift tokens in exchange for violent videogames, as well as other violent media such as DVDs or videos. The group, called SouthingtonSOS, said in a statement: 'There is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying.'" Any Yes, they plan to destroy the traded-in games. (Note: Beware the obnoxious auto-playing video ad with sound; adjust volume accordingly.)

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    Their assertion is demonstrably false. There is no solid evidence of any kind linking violent media to increased aggression or violence. I hope these busy bodies get the intellectual curb-stomping they deserve.

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    Destroying video games and DVDs? I don't know, that sounds awfully violent to me. Why don't they have a good old fashioned book burning while they're at it?
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    Why not have a book burning while they're at it?
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    'There is ample evidence..."

    Yeah, sure there is, and unicorns are real.

    I have a game for them.

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    I might be dumping gasoline on myself, here, but this is not censorship, and there is little in common with book burning. This is a voluntary and symbolic act by a community that's been gutted by real world violence. I don't see the problem, here; they're not coming for our games, there's no campaign to ban the sale of violent games or in any way regulate them, the Gestapo are not going door to door with a list and a search warrant. Everyone calm down.

    Let them have their catharsis and we can get huffy and indignant if it becomes something more than that.

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    I don't think anyone is suggesting they should be prevented from doing their thing, but what these people are doing is a misguided circle jerk and they should be called on their bullshit.
    If they were asking people to turn in their assault rifles, they might not look so stupid.

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    It's kind of funny how real life starts duplicating Simpsons episodes. Funny or sad, I'm not sure.





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