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 itsucceededin 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.

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