Connecticut town collecting and destroying games

[UPDATE] All plans canceled just days before event was to take place.

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Following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 children and six adults dead on December 14, community leaders in the nearby town of Southington (about 35 minutes away) are planning to collect and destroy violent video games, as well as CDs and DVDs.

The Hartford Courant reports that volunteers will assemble at the Southington Drive-In on January 12 to accept any video games parents or children wish to get rid of. These games will be destroyed, and each family will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant, the Lake Compounce amusement park, or a bowling alley.

"We want to stop the violence in our community," Southington board president of the Chamber of Commerce Charlie Cocuzza said. "Those games can cost $60 or $70. So we want to give families a certificate to do something fun and family-oriented, something where they can spend a couple of hours together instead."

The initiative is being spearheaded by the Southing SOS community group. The organization made clear it is not linking violent games directly to the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Instead, they suggest that now is a suitable time for parents to engage their children in discussions about whether or not playing violent games is appropriate.

"We're not saying the use of video games causes people to become murderers, but there's evidence that it causes increases in aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and desensitization about actions of violence," said director of community services Susan Saucier.

National Rifle Association vice president Wayne LaPierre said at a press conference last month that violent video games like Bulletstorm and Mortal Kombat were partially to blame for December 14's deadly shooting in Connecticut. California senator Leland Yee called this claim "mind-boggling."

Earlier in December, West Virginia senator Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill to Congress that would direct the National Academy of Sciences to investigate how violent games and other such programming affect children.

Discussion

2219 comments
N4o7A
N4o7A

lolz, it was canceled

isshiah
isshiah

let's all burn books next...wait, that's already been done. what a bunch of absolute morons.

there are millions of gamers who play violent games that don't have a violent bone in their body.  the only thing that does make me mad is ignorance, and these people are giving me a steady supply.

now, to take my anger out on virtual people in a virtual world that i will never confuse with the real world because i'm not insane...anymore.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

classic witch hunt...ignorance is bliss i guess...morons

Victorious_Fize
Victorious_Fize

Pretty sure they'll cash in on it instead of destroying it.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

As a proactive, helpful citizen, I will accept the incredible, overwhelming burden of collecting all their games from them and ensuring they return to a place where no-one else (except me) will ever see them again. @___@

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

Bet they take the games and sell em on ebay.

externalpower
externalpower

Dumbness levels just went down a notch. What a bunch of show ponies.

xAngelSlayerx
xAngelSlayerx

This is akin to burning Bibles because everyone can interpret them differently. If a person of any given age has an inborn tendency to become incredibly violent when exposed to violent media of any avenue, then there is no real way to stop them aside from incarceration in a mental health facility before any crime is committed. Throughout my entire childhood my parents always told me the same thing over and over again "Movies and video games are not real" thus the violence portrayed  in them is not in anyway reality. Parents of today expect the television to teach their children how to be a responsible adult so, I submit to you, when said child happens upon a movie or television program like The Walking Dead how are they suppose to handle the images they see on screen without a parent to have told them "Hurting another human being is wrong"? That little boy or girl will most likely grow up believing harm against another individual is a perfectly reasonable response when they are picked on in school or the work place. Children need to be shown a normal and healthy way to vent their anger without being a danger to themselves or others. BAM!!!

24714733
24714733

whats the use ? we can just buy games from the internet. 

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Everyone in the world is donating their copy of Facebreaker.  Hopefully all copies will be destroyed in this town and the world will be saved from this game.


poopinpat
poopinpat

I can imagine townsfolk marching towards the town centre with torches and pitchforks clutching violent video games...

IamTheBesteva
IamTheBesteva

Very curious to see how many people attend this, keep us updated Eddie.

GhansB
GhansB

also collect and destroy the evil gamers themselves.

nasty bunch of people.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Sure, you do that, I'm sure that bad parenting and gun collecting by brainwashed "conspiranoics" will go away with those games. Wish we could do something like that, but with the objective of collecting and destroying idiots...

mullen15
mullen15

Gamespot stop with these insipid articles please. I don't give a crap about this dumb-ass town burning copies of Call of Duty and Halo.

twtech
twtech

I think the biggest problem is that people want to have control over everything.  They want to believe there's something they can do.  There is really nothing you can do to prevent a crazy individual who does not have a history of aggressive actions from harming people.  We can't separate everybody and wrap them up in their own little bubbles because one of them might want to do something bad at some point in the future.

Deep down, we all know this, but we don't want to admit it.  So we look for scapegoats, ways that we can feel safe about preventing this "from ever happening again".  The ironic part is that in the process, we help provide the motivation for future incidents.  

There's a seeming lack of understanding about why someone chooses to do something like this in the first place.  They wanted to be noticed, remembered, as maybe they felt they never would if they continued to play by the rules.  When you make knee jerk reactions in response to something like this, it's like giving in to a terrorist.  "People will fear me.  The world will change forever because of me, just like it did for the last person who did something like this."  That's exactly what they want.

Have some bravery.  Don't give in to terrorism.  Let's live our lives free, and never let anyone take that away from us, because if they do, then our lives aren't worth living anymore anyway.

BonoBoy
BonoBoy

This is too much...I play violent video games...yet I catch and release insects that make they way into my home. Take all that money from the gift cards and set up a mental health awareness program.

csward
csward

"We're not saying the use of _______ causes people to become murderers, but there's evidence that it causes increases in aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and desensitization about actions of violence," said director of community services Susan Saucier.

You can fill in the blank with whatever media you want. Why do these people hate gaming? Are they so naive and out of the loop that they believe the NRA? Really? God help you people.

peteywentout
peteywentout

If you«re gonna blame videogames at least also blame the stupid fucking parents who would rather just buy the R\M rated game to their kids, rather than just telling "NO, SHUT UP, YOU'LL PLAY MY LITTLE PONY AND POKEMON".

rann89
rann89

lol. People surrounded by ignorance are so hilarious when they freak out.

csward
csward

Wow, these people are so dumb they are limiting their collection to only one form of media? No violent moives? violent rap music? gun magazines? streaming video players (this is a broad category).

These imbeciles are so blinded by wanting to "help" they are really doing nothing at all. If they really wanted to help they would start educating people about mental illness...sigh

myungish
myungish

I wonder how many of these people bought inappropriate games for their children in the first place. Stupidity and hypocrisy often go hand in hand.

hellrazr1985
hellrazr1985

 @widdowson91 It is.....People have been doing it for years. Instead of actually finding out where the real problem lies, not to blame any certain individuals or anything, but it's always easier to lay the blame on someone/something else. I am a gamer but in my mind it doesn't even make sense, I have played all the violent videos games, watched the movies and even listen to the music and never once had a thought of doing the stuff I see or do in a virtual world. Now I know what people will say, not all people are alike and what not, but the fact remains the problem was with the person that decided to do these horrible things. They did them not because of a game or movie but because they had way bigger issues that seemingly were not addressed properly.

 

I am not saying that something like this can easily be addressed, fixed or even prevented but something as cliche as blaming video games, music and movies is down right lazy. I wish that this had never happened, I truly do but I don't see destroying video games and etc. , is appropriate in any way shape or form. If they are giving vouchers out for the media in question for families to spend time together why not turn around and sell them and raise some money for the city or a good cause.

 

To me this is selfish and down right ignorant. They say right there in the text how much this media is worth/cost and they are going to destroy it????? The economy must be better there then every where else. I wish you all the best of luck with over coming this great tragedy but I don't see this as a way of achieving this goal.

91210user
91210user

"We want to stop the violence in our community," Southington board president of the Chamber of Commerce Charlie Cocuzza said. "Those games can cost $60 or $70. So we want to give families a certificate to do something fun and family-oriented, something where they can spend a couple of hours together instead."  

 

I mean, hey if those parents want to miss out for something they already spent their money on, go ahead, thanks to making video games look like a waste of money and TIME!  

 

Keeping in mind that it was games like Doom that revolutionized what the video game industry is today and that was a violence game that killed things like DEMONS and not PEOPLE, maybe a metaphor for power in the game industry.  

 

My view, just another stupid opportunity cashing in on the events and for there sake I just hope they don't get shoot and killed by some angry family.

widdowson91
widdowson91

It's easy for people to point blame at something they don't understand or like, isn't it.

hellrazr1985
hellrazr1985

You know, what happened is very sad, but what is almost sadder, is the mislead people deciding to destroy violent media.  I understand in times of distress and confusion it's human nature to do drastic things to make sense of the situation. But Its quite pathetic they think this is a good "resolution" for an issue obviously bigger than some shotty violent media. Violent media nothing to do with the way murderers think, some people are sick and need attention. How about turning your efforts against a bunch of inanimate objects and focus your great efforts on warning signs kids give off.

xwestsdeaznx
xwestsdeaznx

better burn those violent books too and don't forget the violent tv shows. don't forget movies! did you see skyfall? that was pretty violent.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

I wish I never discovered this article.

I'm not sure humanity can disappoint me any further.

 

Oh wait, it can. *sigh*

vatorus
vatorus

Sooooo....I guess we need to get rid of all violent movies, TV shows, and books too?  But completely ignore the upbringing of murderers and allow unfit parents to continue bearing and raising children that grow up to be criminals.  Little Johnny isn't violent because his father is an alcoholic and beats him regularly, or because his mother is a crackhead prostitute that neglects him.  No, it's Call of Duty that makes him violent...

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

Speaking of Iron Man, it will be cool, in the marvel world, he shows up with metal bodyguards. The NRA will have no choice but to drop the amendment and any changes their fierce about. Besides, why use guns instead of wearing the Iron Man suit. It's unrealistic since it never happened so I'll let my stupid idea slide.

zazzaro
zazzaro

Not surprising at all. The ignorant that don't know how to raise children always try and find excuses for why it couldn't be their fault. Grew up playing violent video games since I got my NES at age 7 in 87, I have no police record.

Nzilla
Nzilla

There's no evidence you morons.  Next they'll start burning books...  Give me your guns and i'll give you call of duty.  If you can murder a school with copies of call of duty i'll make you my new god.

Mausolus
Mausolus

I would like collect and melt down guns for the community and hand out free copies of military shooters and hunting simulations.

MonkeySpot
MonkeySpot

Cuz I use 'em BOTH (weapons & CoD) responsibly, I have my guns locked up in a GUN SAFE, and would NEVER put EITHER in the hands of someone under 18, nor anyone I thought might be REMOTELY negatively effected by either experience. 

Sandy Hook happened because of irresponsible behavior on the part of the MOTHER. She didn't get the kid any help, she HOME-SCHOOLED him and FURTHER-ISOLATED him... Then the ignorant bint failed to LOCK UP THE WEAPONS PROPERLY.

The ignorance is ASTOUNDING. Right up there with "Just Say No".

gashoe13
gashoe13

@24714733 I imagine they intend the act to be more symbolic than practical, though either way it's pretty stupid.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@csward Look at all the violence and murdering we had on the XIX century. Iirc there were no games, TV or Metal music back then... (And no FOX News, just to put something possitive out of it )

GeneralTrouble
GeneralTrouble

@csward 

I think the reason is that people can indulge in games. They control the character so therefore are enacting the violence themselves. In a film people are spectators to violence and have no control over what's happening on the screen. They don't realise violence is violence whether it's games, movies or news.

Elena_The_Turk
Elena_The_Turk

@xwestsdeaznx Yes, yes, burn lord of the rings too. And Saw. And friday the 13th.

(Well, ft13th can take a hike, really... It SUCKS.)

poopinpat
poopinpat

@DAOWAce the only think left for you now is black finger nail polish and marilyn manson lol....damn conformists!

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

 @vatorus Yep, people like to play the blame game over realizing they might be responsible in some way.

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

 @vatorus

 Very funny. But that's the goofiest comment I ever heard. Try impressing your girlfriend with the same comment and she'll slap you in the face. I'll let it slide for now.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

@poopinpat I wore black nail polish once.

Actually, I lie; it was black permanent market.  Couldn't afford nail polish.

It was weird.

..*cough*