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Connecticut Town Destroys Violent Vidya Ghames

Last posted Jan 08, 2013 at 08:12PM EST. Added Jan 03, 2013 at 06:14PM EST
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Good, video games are the devil.

Jan 03, 2013 at 06:16PM EST
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Chris wrote:

Good, video games are the devil.

Yes, reject Satan

Jan 03, 2013 at 06:19PM EST
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Be Good Children now and read your Bibles while I bring in the Harvest.

Jan 03, 2013 at 06:23PM EST
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But how do you know that she’s a videogame?

Jan 03, 2013 at 06:23PM EST

Restaurant coupons for old video games?
Definitely a better trade-in value than GameStop’s buyback “service”.

Jan 03, 2013 at 06:28PM EST
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Kim Jong Is Swaggin wrote:

so easy to blame things that can’t defend themselves

Don’t worry, because people on the Internet will do it for them. Which is good, because it’s important to hear multiple sides of an argument. Though, sometimes I feel as though the people on the pro-game side argue a little more…zealously than necessary. Same is said of the anti-game side, but the accusers generally have more passion than the defendants.

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Jan 03, 2013 at 06:52PM EST
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Looks like we’re in a dilemma here, Connecticut.

Jan 03, 2013 at 07:37PM EST

Can’t blame them in particular, media has always been the scapegoat for violence, and due to the recent surge in popularity for violent games (Call of Duty is basically the poster-boy for the video game market now), video games are the main culprit as far as society’s concerned. After the incident occurred, I remember The Sun (Not the only culprit here, but the most notable one) made a front-page story about how Adam Lanza loved a bit of Call of Duty. Now don’t get me wrong, I hate Call of Duty as much as the next guy, and I’ve always had a hatred for games based on war (Not shooters in general, I might add, not even just violence in general, some of my favorite video games are shooters), but I don’t think shooters are to blame. Granted I’m not saying that it’s any good for people, in some cases I could see how it could be a contributing factor, and I think there’s some truth behind the theory that violence in the media can make people immune to violence in real life, but to say that it affects everyone in a false statement. The human mind is a complicated thing, and it evidently works differently for different people. For all we know, it could be a key factor for what happened in Connecticut, then again it may not, either way we may likely never know, but I don’t think that it would affect everyone.
I may not like war games, and I may never understand why others do, but generally, I don’t think it’s responsible for all the violence that occurs in society.

Jan 03, 2013 at 08:41PM EST
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chowzburgerz wrote:

How religious are these idiots?

This isn’t a matter of religion. This is a matter of people blaming violent video games for violent acts. Just because you’re religious or not doesn’t mean you subscribe to certain beliefs. I’ve lived in a town that was predominantly Christian and a town that was predominantly atheism and everything that isn’t Christianity. I know Christians who are for gay marriage and atheists who are against abortion. Fairly certain most holy books don’t comment on video games, either.

No, I don’t agree with them and I think they’re wrong to blame violent video games for mass shootings. But I don’t care what religion they are. It doesn’t make them any more wrong, and it wouldn’t make them any more right if I thought they were right. Blaming religion is, frankly, a cop-out.

Now stop forcing me to make opinions on the Internet so I can go play Team Fortress 2. I like playing Soldier. I like blowing people up and watching the blood and body parts fly everywhere.

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Jan 03, 2013 at 09:02PM EST
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The witch-hunters fail consistently to account for the fact that while video game usage has been on an exponential rise lately, youth violence rates have been in steady decline.

Jan 03, 2013 at 10:46PM EST
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Yes, yes. Burn all those video games and their packages. They will then literally kill all of you from the toxic fumes released by burning the plastic. VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES DO KILL!

But on another note, I did a research project for myself regarding video games, specifically violent ones. The American Psychological Society, many other individual psychologists, other scientists and just general number crunchers have shown that yes, violent video games can make you more violent. HOWEVER, most likely if they do make you more violent, you were already a violent person to begin with or are generally a very impressionable person. Average people are effected in the good ways most of the time, and it was found that they responded less than most people to violence or violent acts in a sever manor. This could be a good thing or bad thing dependent on how you look at it.

And well as this, crime rates in kids has slowly declined since the mid-80s, and really started to fall off near the end of the 90s. Small pick up nearing the end of the 2000s, but that may or may not be related to drug activity picking up again and/or economic issues. As well as this, kids are staying off the streets more cause they have something to keep them out of trouble instead of hanging around with gangs and stuff, if anything it’s a positive in certain situations.

Honestly, violent video games really aren’t bad for you if you don’t let them be, and/or your just an average person without some bad anger or other mental stability issues. Not saying that they are good for you, but they can be from some angles and bad from others. It’s kinda neutral for me, so I play them. I just think it’s funny that most of the sources I read through sounded pretty convinced that there was a connection/were fairly neutral but leaning towards it making everyone more violent and all but one study from back in the early 90s (that they re-did due to faulty reasoning/ignoring almost all variables outside of gaming and mainly ended up with highly depressed and violent people…) found the same/near the same conclusion. Little to no difference. Oh, but the studies on violent movies and TV were leaning more towards they did make you more violent even if you didn’t have a tendency for violent behavior, but not all that conclusive. All the ones done in the 70s and 80s were a definitive yes, they make you an insane mass murderer down to “not so sure…”

Jan 04, 2013 at 12:32AM EST
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Who am I? wrote:

Yes, yes. Burn all those video games and their packages. They will then literally kill all of you from the toxic fumes released by burning the plastic. VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES DO KILL!

But on another note, I did a research project for myself regarding video games, specifically violent ones. The American Psychological Society, many other individual psychologists, other scientists and just general number crunchers have shown that yes, violent video games can make you more violent. HOWEVER, most likely if they do make you more violent, you were already a violent person to begin with or are generally a very impressionable person. Average people are effected in the good ways most of the time, and it was found that they responded less than most people to violence or violent acts in a sever manor. This could be a good thing or bad thing dependent on how you look at it.

And well as this, crime rates in kids has slowly declined since the mid-80s, and really started to fall off near the end of the 90s. Small pick up nearing the end of the 2000s, but that may or may not be related to drug activity picking up again and/or economic issues. As well as this, kids are staying off the streets more cause they have something to keep them out of trouble instead of hanging around with gangs and stuff, if anything it’s a positive in certain situations.

Honestly, violent video games really aren’t bad for you if you don’t let them be, and/or your just an average person without some bad anger or other mental stability issues. Not saying that they are good for you, but they can be from some angles and bad from others. It’s kinda neutral for me, so I play them. I just think it’s funny that most of the sources I read through sounded pretty convinced that there was a connection/were fairly neutral but leaning towards it making everyone more violent and all but one study from back in the early 90s (that they re-did due to faulty reasoning/ignoring almost all variables outside of gaming and mainly ended up with highly depressed and violent people…) found the same/near the same conclusion. Little to no difference. Oh, but the studies on violent movies and TV were leaning more towards they did make you more violent even if you didn’t have a tendency for violent behavior, but not all that conclusive. All the ones done in the 70s and 80s were a definitive yes, they make you an insane mass murderer down to “not so sure…”

>tfw you have mental issues and are an angry person…

Jan 04, 2013 at 01:22AM EST
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@Who am I

Further to what you are saying, I’ve looked into studies on the matter myself. Ever since the first suggestion that violent video games bred violent kids; there has been plenty of research on the subject and you can quite easily google them. From what I remember, those studies made findings that violent video games can increase your aggression or hypertension levels…but only if you are a hyperactive impressionable kid that shouldn’t be playing games in the first place.

If you are not an impressionable child or rather; simply understand the difference between reality and game (As I was as a kid playing Duke3D and splattering alien brains on walls while still maintaining a perfect non-violence record) then the effects are pretty much non-existent.

The conclusions of those studies were really no different from conclusions made on how violent TV shows affect kids: Just don’t let young kids view media above their age level and there’s no problem.

In other words: Follow the ERSB ratings. If the game isn’t rated for kids, don’t let them play it. That’s all paranoid parents need to do and they can stop worrying,

The ‘evidence’ the anti-game activists are quoting is merely suggesting that games affect people the same way TV does. But nobody is burning TV sets in huge piles. The rest is hysteria

Jan 04, 2013 at 09:42AM EST
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Because we all know that violent video games were the cause for the Crusades, WWI, WWII, the American Civil War…

Jan 04, 2013 at 01:14PM EST
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It’s a good thing all my games are on Steam. Knowing ignorant people though, I am certain that they will drop the idiot ball for a few minutes to devise a way to burn that too. Digital media will eventually replace physical media almost completely, and then they will have to find a way to remove things from the internet completely. And don’t think technology will ever outpace bigotry.

If anything, I would think that these violent games would encourage kids to shoot Muslims, space aliens, soldiers, police officers, mythical beasts, zombies, and racist zealots. Not children. Not teachers. Hell, most video games with children in them make the kids INVINCIBLE. Most video games subvert it completely by having no children at all. Some even go so far as to actually make it a point of the story line to show why there are no children in their world. So why is it that every time children get shot, they blame it on video games?

I have never been so close to actually wanting to leave this country, but when it comes to book burning…
Let’s just say that learning Swedish is suddenly a little more important to me.

Jan 04, 2013 at 02:33PM EST

Patrick Bateman (DrAmazing) wrote:

This sounds familiar…

This^^^

Jan 04, 2013 at 07:53PM EST
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ExudesAffluence wrote:

This isn’t a matter of religion. This is a matter of people blaming violent video games for violent acts. Just because you’re religious or not doesn’t mean you subscribe to certain beliefs. I’ve lived in a town that was predominantly Christian and a town that was predominantly atheism and everything that isn’t Christianity. I know Christians who are for gay marriage and atheists who are against abortion. Fairly certain most holy books don’t comment on video games, either.

No, I don’t agree with them and I think they’re wrong to blame violent video games for mass shootings. But I don’t care what religion they are. It doesn’t make them any more wrong, and it wouldn’t make them any more right if I thought they were right. Blaming religion is, frankly, a cop-out.

Now stop forcing me to make opinions on the Internet so I can go play Team Fortress 2. I like playing Soldier. I like blowing people up and watching the blood and body parts fly everywhere.

Amen

Jan 04, 2013 at 09:52PM EST
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As Who Am I? said, I would love to see these people burn the discs with their cases and not die from the fumes of burning plastic and shards of CD bursting out of the flames. A great environment for the kids bringing their games!

Jan 05, 2013 at 10:21AM EST
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The worst part of this is not even the destruction of vidya ghems. I find it disgusting that they make literally no mention of the news media’s glorification of shootings and other various forms of “grief pornography”. What this shows someone who might not be completely stable is that, hey! If I shoot up a school, then Fox news and CNN will be showing my face day in and day out, and they’ll be looking into my whole life! They’ll be trying to figure out why I did it, and I’ll be remembered forever! Get it together, news.

Jan 05, 2013 at 11:12AM EST
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The existence of violent video games doesn’t bother me, because I don’t think they appreciably change people’s behavior.
The POPULARITY of violent video games bothers me because it means that the population has a propensity towards violence, as opposed to other things.

Treat the disease, not the symptom.

Also, Srcibblenauts.

Jan 05, 2013 at 11:17AM EST
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wouldn’t burning a bunch of cds be bad for the environment and your health

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Jan 05, 2013 at 11:19AM EST
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I wish more people would pay attention to how the news covers stories like this and actually realize what is wrong here. Unfortunately, video games are a much easier target and people will always go for the “easy” solution when they’re scared. And as long as news networks go unopposed they will continue performing these stories the way they always do.

Jan 05, 2013 at 11:21AM EST
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Serious Business wrote:

The existence of violent video games doesn’t bother me, because I don’t think they appreciably change people’s behavior.
The POPULARITY of violent video games bothers me because it means that the population has a propensity towards violence, as opposed to other things.

Treat the disease, not the symptom.

Also, Srcibblenauts.

Every human has a violent/killer instinct in them, whether they know it or not, and so having these video games as a sort of outlet for their behavior is definitely nothing strange nor should it be something to be concerned about. Also, a lot of video games that include violence usually put the player character in a position where they are trying to survive, are fighting for what they stand for, or fighting a war for their country/planet/etc. and the violence is used for either a feeling of realism or to get an emotional reaction from the player. Of course, there are a bunch of games that have violence for the sake of violence. But like I said, I see video games more as an outlet for violent behavior rather than an instigator.

Jan 05, 2013 at 11:32AM EST
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Hopefully they don’t actually do that, for many reasons. But mainly the carcinogens and enviro-damage.

Jan 06, 2013 at 12:56AM EST
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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!
If the people could teach there children, discipline, and give morals. They will not be playing video games that are violent until they are 17 or even older! People are just playing the blame game and want to be the good guy, you know you are the bad guy, so why lie to others and yourself?

Jan 07, 2013 at 04:49PM EST
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Patrick Bateman (DrAmazing) wrote:

This sounds familiar…

And now that the thread has assumed “Godwin’s Law” mode, I shall now direct your attention to the following:

Godwin’s Law:

It iz proved

Last edited Jan 08, 2013 at 01:20PM EST
Jan 08, 2013 at 01:19PM EST
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Good thing they can’t burn steam.
Because its one giant cloud.
Man this joke I made is horrible.

Last edited Jan 08, 2013 at 04:25PM EST
Jan 08, 2013 at 04:25PM EST
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Man, there’s so much stupid there I just don’t know which zinger to choose. How vexing.

Jan 08, 2013 at 04:36PM EST
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I’ll be burning my CD’s.
… onto my laptop’s hard drive.

And they should learn that there’s something called the ESRB rating.
Fucking idiots.

Jan 08, 2013 at 08:12PM EST
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