Connecticut town holding drive to collect and destroy violent video games

Southington

By on January 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm

A small town in Connecticut is planning a collection drive to allow parents and families to return violent video games to a community group, where they will be snapped and incinerated.

The town of Southington, about 30 miles away from the site of the recent school shootings in Newtown, is holding the event which is being organised by SouthingtonSOS, a collection of community representatives from organisations such as the YMCA, the Chamber of Commerce, the fire department, local government and others.

The press release about the event explains that “The group’s action is not intended to be construed as statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of the shocking violence in Newtown on December 14th.”

“Rather, SouthingtonSOS is saying is that 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. Social and political commentators, as well as elected officials including the president, are attributing violent crime to many factors including inadequate gun control laws, a culture of violence and a recreational culture of violence.”

Southington’s Video Game Return Program will kick off on January 12.

Source: Polygon (thanks, PalZer0)

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I support this.

 

haha, just messing with you. Could you imagine?

 
Lord_Apophis

What they should have done:
Collect the games and resell them, then give the money to affected family’s or to charity or use the money to improve education.

Breaking them and incinerating them is just a waste either way, Incinerating just wastes time and adds pollution, especially after they have had the discs broken which rendered them useless anyway.

However they sugar coat it, it is a Statement, hence the incinerating part.

 

definitely a turn for the bizzaro.

“The group’s action is not intended to be construed as statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of the shocking violence in Newtown on December 14th.”

This comment cracks me up though. What else are they implying by choosing to go this direction then? We’ll break the violent video games because we think TV is the problem?

Knee Jerk reactions amuse me.

 

Why don’t they have a drive to return all the guns that enable people to perform violent crime??

Oh, I forgot, guns don’t kill people, violent video games kill people….

 

this seems a little silly to me. If you destroy your kids game because its to violent, why did you buy it in the first place? Destroying guns would be far better then destroying games.

 

I hope we get a follow up story on this, will be amusing to see how little people turn up/how much faith in humanity I will lose.

 

In before Godwin’s law gets invoked.

 

Let this be a lesson to kids everywhere! the lesson of course will be how to illegally download video games.

 

Thanks palzer0, I’ve learned something new today. Godwin’s law.

 

This has to be one of the most ridiculous scenarios unfolding that I have heard of in a long time.

Waste of time, money and resources. I wonder how many of the people in the community who organized this shindig were gamers.

 

palzer0:
In before Godwin’s law gets invoked.

Those evil game burning nazi’s !

While it would be horrible and I would hate myself for laughing at it, how funny would it be if some kid went on a rampage because he lost his favorite past time to his absurdly under educated parents.

Also guns aren’t the issue being bat-shit insane and having no conflict resolution skills is the issue.

 

Haha was about to respond to palzer with a “It’s comments like this that remind me of Nazis you evil man!” but somebody beat me. lol First I’d ever heard of Godwin’s Law.

The strangest thing about the shooting was a conversation involving my near-deaf grandfather which somehow went from the recent Three Stooges movie to the shootings. Somehow the conversation missed several steps and left everybody else dazed and confused.

So there you have it folks. Don’t bother with violent computer games, bring out and burn all your Three Stooges paraphernalia, they cause violence.

 

WOAH WOAH WOAH!

I posted this in the GoN lounge two hours ago! Not only does PalZer0 get the credit for the article but MY original post gets delete‽

What the fuck is going on?

 

Well, they’ll probably score a few thousand copies of War Z to burn, you know if you could buy it on shelves lol . Maybe some blank dvd’s with IOU written on them or something in lieu.

Of course addressing the proliferation of assault weapons and youth with poor levels of education, self esteem and coping ability is a lot harder to approach.

I have a copy of MoO3 I might give them to burn lol, yeah I bought that game because I thought, “it’s MoO what can go wrong”?!

 

PinothyJ:
I posted this in the GoN lounge two hours ago! Not only does PalZer0 get the credit for the article but MY original post gets delete‽

You posted after Pal had already posted, additionally it wasn’t deleted but merged into an existing topic (you would know this if you looked at your post history.

Or refer: http://games.on.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2651656#p2651656

 

spooler: Those evil game
Also guns aren’t the issue being bat-shit insane and having no conflict resolution skills is the issue.

Guns are the issue. Maybe not intrinsically but ease of access combined with killing power and a poor social system.

Take away the gun and you vastly reduce the ability of cause harm.

 

Wow time for tin foil hats boys. These are the real logical people living in that there town…

 

jimmah: Guns are the issue. Maybe not intrinsically but ease of access combined with killingpower and a poor social system.

Take away the gun and you vastly reduce the ability of cause harm.

Home made explosives and black market guns come immediatly to mind. If you are already insane enough to go on a spree killing. Limited legal access to guns is not going to stop you… Honestly a suicide bombing in an assembly could be far far worse than a shooting.

 

PinothyJ,

Pal got the drop on you buddy.

 
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