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  • winner2 - January 3, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    Poor kids, they're gonna have to hide their stuff
  • GOD - January 3, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    Them: "No we aren't saying violent video games are directly linked as the problem, we're just rounding them up from town and rather than selling them back to used game stores for funds that could be donated to schools we're going to promptly break them and burn them to purge them of the devil. See the difference?"
  • Tjwoods18 - January 3, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Might actually be a good opportunity for those who don't wish to recieve $5 or $10 for a trade in at gamestop.
  • Shadow Of Death - January 3, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    I was actually thinking something along the lines that "Better trade-in value than most used game resellers" >_> Of course, it's more of a 'credit', you can only redeem the vouchers for stuff the church members offer or whatever. It's funny how the NRA is also pointing fingers...Aren't they the group that suffers also from unfair finger pointing? Some lunatic kills some people with a rifle, and a bunch of people are saying "Destroy ALL the guns!" and the like.
  • Tjwoods18 - January 3, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    Thank god I'm 20
  • 7-D - January 3, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    I wonder who's really orchestrating this little misdirection witch-hunt tactic? I'm sure the NRA are in there somewhere trying to shift the focus. No doubt there are well-meaning people involved, but like most "shows" like this in America some hidden interest group is involved somewhere. How about a voucher for parents to turn in assault weapons which are inappropriate for a civilised society?
  • Meleedragon27 - January 3, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    We actually do have programs like that; they're called gun buy-back programs and they're usually hosted by urban police departments (though I'd wager smaller towns hosting these things wouldn't be unheard of). They buy back weaponry from citizens, often with minimal questions asked, and once the buy-back ends, the weapons get destroyed. While it's debatable over whether or not these programs actually reduce crime (or even just gun crime), they've been known to collect a lot of firearms this way (depending on the city, they might collect well over 1000 guns from the population).
  • TheMaxassin - January 7, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    The buy back scheme in Australia for instance has worked absolute wonders for the depreciation of gun crime. Maybe America needs to do the same?
  • Meleedragon27 - January 3, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    I probably should be really angry at this like everyone else here, but for some reason, I just can't work up the anger. All I see is a group of people trying to convince parents that they should get a better idea of what their kids are watching/playing and play a bigger role in deciding if it's really appropriate for them or not. Yes, given the timing, it does seem like a stealthy attempt to get rid of violent media (especially games), but the spokespeople even say they'll support the parents' decisions even if said parents do decide it's okay for their son to play the likes of COD and whatnot. And really, in the long run, the parents should be the ones who decide what their kids should have access to (even if we won't always agree with their choices). Maybe the reason I can't get worked up about it is because the whole thing is voluntary isn't outright vilifying video games but rather pointing out how much violent media is out there (with an unfortunate emphasis on video games) and I can't really bring myself to attack that. Besides, even if they were attacking violent video games, there's not a lot they can do to stop it; violent games are protected speech under the First Amendment - SCOTUS even upheld that belief in the Brown VS. EMA case, remember?
  • Elix - January 3, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    So technically, if any ultra-rare games are destroyed...I weep for the future.
  • Silvercloak - January 3, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    Next up, let's do book burnings!!
  • dcobs123 - January 3, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    Heard that they're going to have to postpone their witch burning for this.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - January 3, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    ^Just made my day.
  • garnsr - January 3, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    What percentage of the killings we've had in the past decade or so involved gamers? What percentage involved guns? Why doesn't the NRA think we should look at what the anxious people are killing other people with?
  • Malakie - January 3, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    And so here we also now have "voluntary" censorship starting as well... Things are changing in this country and pretty soon what we call the Constitution will be completely meaningless... Yes I know this is so called voluntary.. but so was book burning a long time ago until it really got going and the government got involved.....
  • metalgatesolid - January 3, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    Heres a novel idea for Parents, how about you dont buy your kids games that are CLEARLY aimed at ages above theirs. I would never let my son play any of my games. He has Skylanders, Lego Batman, Sonic, Mario. I am responsible so Dead Space, Arkham City, Dead Rising, BulletStorm are games that he wont see until he is able to understand they are entertainment. I played Duke Nukem forever when i was 12, games have evolved even if Duke hasnt and I know graphic violence isnt for kids.
  • Edias - January 3, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    The people are scared and they're looking for a scapegoat. As usual; videogames remain a popular choice. You might think that they'd look at themselves, and their own behavior, before placing the blame elsewhere; but that, on the other hand, has never been a very popular choice amongst the people. It's much easier to just place the blame elsewhere. Our society has no idea what personal or societal responsibility is about. They just want to feel safe and happy, and they'll do whatever it takes to feel both; even if it means sticking their heads in the sand. It's pathetic.
  • AqueousBoy - January 3, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    You know what's far more violent and emotionally traumatic than video games? The news. Games are fantasy, and only the truly psychotic don't realize that. But the news, with all the reports on the horrors of the real world, is the most terrifying thing a child can watch. The Syrian war, deadly gang rape in India, the events at Sandy Hook, gang violence on the streets, genocide in Sudan - this stuff is broadcast into our homes and watched by the whole family. How could that kind of reality possibly compete with a damn game? Until humanity cleans itself up, there's no point at all in taking this kind of action. These people are ridiculous and dangerously misguided.
  • bass88 - January 3, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    Just a thought, America. There are mone guns in your country than dildos. You don't read stories about dildo-related deaths often now, do you? Seriously, if you really, really need to blame the media - target PG-13 films. According to those films there are no lasting, brutal consequences to violence. Not the message I want a child learning. RoboCop may have been as gory as fuck but I don't see kids wanting to emualate it.
  • Edias - January 3, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    Sex related deaths are usually glossed over by the media, if they're even mentioned at all, unless they involve a celebrity. Brustal massacres, however, receive lots of attention. As usual, our society would rather pretend that sex doesn't exist.

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