Conn. town calls off violent game destruction

The Connecticut town which planned to collect violent games from parents in exchange for entertainment vouchers on Saturday has called off the initiative. Polygon reports community organization SouthingtonSOS said it succeeded in sparking conversation and consideration of violent media after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in nearby Newtown.

"Our mission was to create strong awareness in Southington for parents and families and citizens and children. And we accomplished that. Our other objective was to promote discussion of violent video games and media with children and with the families at the home. And we've accomplished that in spades," said spokesman Dick Fortunato.

"So we deemed it became unnecessary to have the physical return on Saturday of violent games. Also because it would create an unnecessary amount of logistical details for us."

SouthingtonSOS originally planned to collect games (as well as music and movies) from parents who decided they were inappropriate for their kids, and offer up a $25 voucher good for local entertainment options instead. The discs would have then been snapped, placed in a city dumpster, and likely incinerated.


  • derek722001 - January 12, 2013 8:06 a.m.

  • derek722001 - January 12, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    What does that solve nothing? Did it solve anything when they urn all the Beatles records no.
  • NinjaPopsicle - January 12, 2013 12:23 a.m.

    "So we deemed it became unnecessary to have the physical return on Saturday of violent games. Also because it would create an unnecessary amount of logistical details for us." Translation: "We realized that people are smarter than we thought and no one really wants to support such an illogical and inane idea like this."
  • codystovall - January 11, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    Im gonna take a guess that nobody wanted to give up their stuff for a f**ckin voucher for local entertainment which I believe woulve been a hassle to verify and thats why they gave up.
  • codystovall - January 11, 2013 6:49 a.m.

    also everyone calmed down and realized how stupid this was.
  • D0CCON - January 10, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    Now can we raise awareness for mental health issues, since that's the ACTUAL problem that caused this?
  • UltimateLemon - January 9, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    I'm wondering if this is translation for "We couldn't get enough sponsors prepare all the $25 vouchers. We are sorry."
  • jackthemenace - January 9, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    Maybe this was their plan all along. I mean, SOPA never got passed either, but suddenly, everyone was talking about piracy and data rights management and crap. I'm sensing one giant consiracy here, but in positive way.
  • BladedFalcon - January 9, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    I can get behind this outcome. If it DOES help at least a couple parents be more responsible in what their kids do and watch, then it's good. But the fact that they accomplished this without the need to burn or destroy anything further proved my initial complaint that doing such a thing is completely stupid and pointless. So I'm glad it didn't happen. Now, let's all move on and let us never hear of another community thinking book burning (or media burning, for that matter...) is something acceptable and logical in this day and age. (Hah! as if Humanity ever learned..)
  • Bossco - January 9, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Because of course video games are the root cause of these tragic events. Not the fact that any mentally unstable idiot can gain access to an assault rifle.
  • MetaMoss - January 10, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    More like the fact that one person violating a gun-free zone means said person can have a field day with innocent people. I'm not saying everyone should get guns. But I don't think places that are gun-free should be enforced just by the honor system. A trained, armed guard could work. Placing the blame on video games or the fact that people can get guns will not solve the problem. That can't be our only two options.
  • ObliqueZombie - January 9, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    It rose awareness about how aware people are of the scapegoat.

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