I think this is stupid for them to target videogames/movies. Good parenting would keep young kids from having violent videogames/movies in the first place. There are other ways to educate kids. How about educating them on mental illness and gun safety? It sounds like a good old fashioned book burning. In the end, I don't really care as long as they recycle those games/movies in an environmentally safe. I just picture a pile of games burning and toxic fumes from the melting plastic going into the air.
Video Games have been a scape goat for violence long before this incident. It's unfortunate that people use a tragedy such as this as a launch point for their own agendas. While I wouldn't let a 5 yr old watch me play God of War, I don't see violent video games being the cause for the shooting in that school. Perhaps if we were more studious about mental health we could find more answer to the root of the problem.
If someone came to my house and asked me to turn in violent video games to destroy them, i would tell them to go f*** theselves.. If it was Jack Thompson, I'd also punch him in the face for being such a retarded, arrogant attention-seeking prick.. Seriously these self-righteous nutjobs drive me crazy, it's like a freaking cult.. Stop trying to force your views on everybody.. Everyone needs to blame something, and violent video games make a great scapegoat.. It makes me sick that some people actually listen to and encourage these a**holes.
Ah, a story like this on a technology-oriented site. Knee-jerk condemnations of a knee-jerk reaction. Let me tell you who understands WHY any person does anything: Nobody. Nobody in the whole world.
And that means that you can't actually say with certainty that video game violence had NOTHING to do with a given action, just like you can't say with certainty video violence had SOMETHING to do with a given action. No one knows. Saying you do know what the cause ISN'T is exactly as much of lie as saying you know what it IS.
In fact, probably even more so, since I'd guess a positive correlation is easier to prove than a negative one. What experiment would definitively prove that any given thing has absolutely no effect on any other given thing?
Whenever such violent acts occur like mass shootings, there is always a chain of events that tells the whole story.
Violent video games can be trigger and/or makes up part of the whole story but it is often NOT the root cause or the be-all-end-all these people try to make it out to be. It is usually a combination of factors that lead to such violent events. Mental health often plays a major role. Money, politics, love/romance, alcohol/drugs are also other potential triggers.
It is as if they think if people play violent games, they must become violent people. Not true. I've played violent games my whole life yet I am a law-abiding citizen. I've watched violent movies since I was just 10 yet I've turn out just fine.
More looking for the quick fix... it's the guns, it's the games, it's the movies, it's the (insert knee in eye and tell us what you think here), just get rid of that thing and we'll all live happily ever after.
I think the problem is one of magnitude and society. Magnitude is a problem because in todays connected world, even problems of lower magnitude get a LOT of coverage if they're attention grabbing (for everyone killed with a gun in the US, something like 6 commit suicide... but that's not a headline grabber). Society is a problem because of the norms that don't just accept violence but glorify it, media is just a symptom (they give us what we want).
The reason these quick fixes are attractive is because there is no easy solution, and people want to "take action" when something horrific like this happens. There's no action they can take that will really help, so they flail around until they settle on a scapegoat.
I live near there too. There is a certain irony to having a "software burning". One has to question the sanity of anyone who takes time out of their day to destroy something that can be reproduced so quickly and cheaply. An eloquent counter-protest would be to sit across the street with a laptop burning dvd images of violent games.
i think its ok to have a conversation with kids to not dothe crazy shit in games, but taking away games and destroying them because you dont have the balls to have a conversation with your kid is and stupid.
I find it really hard to believe that most pissy parents still complain about game violence and ignore thatevery game sold in a reputable store has a rating. If theres an M, 18+, or similar rating on the box, then its probably a good idea to not let your kid play it. From my experience, M rated games are NOT sold to kids, they are sold to parents or other adults(at least thats how its always been at my local gamestop).
I was a kid who at age 10 got a copy of GTA:VC for christmas. I did all the most disgusting things in that game and I had fun doing it. I still do it in GTA 4 and similar games. I never once considered or even thought of doing any of those attrocities in real life. Kids arent stupid, they know that its bad to run over people in real life and they know that a game is a game.
After the sad shooting in sandy hook, I remember there being an old guy who got on a stage and ranted against video games citing a 10 year old flash game that was extinct until he mentioned it. I believe the game was called "kindergarten shooting". this guy was the very example of an idiot taking advantage of a horrible moment to promote his hate. Theres no way in the world that after 2 days of a disaster youd go on a stage and blame games by citing a flash game hidden in the depths of the internet.