Violent games pulled from rest stops in Massachusetts

State's Department of Transportation removes nine violent games from service stops on Mass. Turnpike in Charlton, Ludlow, Lee, and Beverly.

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has removed nine violent arcade-style games from rest stops on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton, Ludlow, Lee, and Beverly, according to a Boston Globe report.

Image credit: Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

The move comes less than a month after the December 14 schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead. Transportation secretary Richard Davey said pulling the games just made sense in light of the events.

“Bottom line is I think there isn’t a person who doesn’t ­believe that there isn’t too much violence in our society, and games can glorify that,” Davey said. “A video game in a public space could be used by anybody of any age. At the end of the day, those games are there to entertain kids, probably for a few minutes, while their parents are resting from a long trip."

Two of the games removed by the state were Time Crisis and Beach Head 2000. The others were not specified. Driving games like H20 Overdrive were left at the rest stops to "challenge driving skills."

US Vice President Joe Biden will meet with representatives from the video game industry today in Washington, D.C. as part of a wider task force aimed at examining the role of violent media in mass shootings.

Discussion

664 comments
oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

Seriously, always like to make it simple those "idealists". Why in the world should a reason always be one thing? it's not like it must be this thing or that.

It's nurture we are talking about here, that guy's life and how he grew up. Violent video games could have influenced this guy like any other TV show and Just as much as it didn't do to others because they were "normal".

Mickeyminime
Mickeyminime

....what about violent movies. Oh yes i forgot, Obama is pretty much married to everyone in Hollywood and wouldn't even dare upset the rich who got him his 2nd year in power. Stop being childish America and grow up!

jimmyCCFC
jimmyCCFC

Guns don't kill people, video games do! 

arcangelgold
arcangelgold

This is a government circus side show. Fear mongering at it's most ridiculous. What next ban black clothes?

blueness
blueness

Scary. Really, really scary. Knee-jerk reaction to tragic circumstances. The moral equivalent to book burning.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

I can see the point. So these violent video games include the ones where you shoot animals like bears and deer, right?

eddieham13
eddieham13

If it was true then I would be extremely violent, because well I enjoy killing people IN GAMES, I like killing them slowly and brutally, and have it filled with gore.

However in real life I have never had a fight, never attacked anyone, and am polite to pretty much everyone.

I'm sorry but I don't want to have my intelligence insults by these people who assume that because I play violent games I am going to become a plague on society.

fleatoad
fleatoad

If video games cause violence why was there more violence long before video games where even invented?

You gotta love these nut jobs though they do give us plenty of amusement

XxjaffyxX
XxjaffyxX

if  anyone is influenced to shoot someone in the face by time crisis you would hear ACTION, RELOAD, DANGER DANGER loool these people crack me up. you want gun control and the best you can do is take away plastic ones. what a joke!

botsio
botsio

very funny ha ha ha!

itchyflop
itchyflop

were a violent race of talking monkeys, this is justifiably sad and delusional.

Kracka2205
Kracka2205

“Bottom line is I think there isn’t a person who doesn’t ­believe that there isn’t too much violence in our society..."


What does this even mean?

theKSMM
theKSMM

Classic overreaction, done more to insulate MassDOT from criticism than for any real societal value.  The violence in the games mentioned is cartoonish and more like a carnival shooting game than a warzone.

Frankly, I would be more concerned about games that encourage reckless driving than about games that encourage shooting others.  Fast driving is a low enough bar that I suspect some kid might actually do it; I doubt that anybody but the most imbalanced would pick up a gun and start shooting people.

Of course, the underlying fallacy in these assumptions is the same as always -- "those games are there to entertain kids."  No, the games are there to entertain anyone who wants to play them.  So while the kids can no longer play the games, what of the adults who enjoyed them?  What do they play now while they're at the rest area?  I guess people over 21 are supposed to be content with Angry Birds.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

If people were influenced by video games, then the majority of Facebook users would be farmers by now. 

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

I never was able to figure out how to flush that H2O Overdrive machine... 

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

this lobla to make someone wanna shoot someone up more than playing  the game would of

TTDog
TTDog

Don't try and persuade them otherwise... that makes you a commie... and they'll shoot you for even thinking it.

ambition_def
ambition_def

A fine example of bureaucratic effort to abolish something that none of the involved are knowledgeable about, nor exposed to. Much like their policies on gun control, diversity, multiculturalism and racial quotas. Who cares what damage it does when you don't have a personal stake in it? This is the precise reason why empires collapse onto themselves. Accountability and scope of government don't mix. 

Justinps2hero
Justinps2hero

I trust they will have no advertisment for films with any violence in them. I also hope they pull any CD's that have a parental guidence sticker. Also they should look into what sort of Magazines they sell. 

We can't just go at things half heartedly and just pull video games, everything with any sort of violence in it has to be treated the same.

So go then, tell us why you won't do that, but you will still bang on about Video games, the double standards in infuriating.

Someone should tell EA, they like suing people.

XxTheEvilxX
XxTheEvilxX

Time Crisis is here to bring doom on us all. It's dark influential themes clouding the minds of our youth... driving them to deluded violent tendencies as they can no longer discern person from video game character. Their light guns laying waste to America in a cloud of apocalyptic dust.  If only we had thought to remove Time Crisis from reststops sooner. Maybe... just maybe... the end of the world could have averted. LMFAO.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Yeah school kids getting shot up in the states is down to violent video games nothing to do with the fact you guy let any old lunatic have a gun.

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

Violence in the world is related to video games about as much as burnt toast is related to global warming.

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

Yes, because little kids go to rest stops to pick up video games. Not like the adults who never ever go to rest stops to pick up prostitutes and drugs. Or politicians meeting up in parking lots, bus stops, and service stops to pick up sex partners.

Triton
Triton

Yep, of all the things that go on in rest stops, this is what I would jump on.

spookysev
spookysev

b-o-r-i-n-g. 

15 Batman domains registered - now thats interesting :)

Ilikemyname420
Ilikemyname420

So wait, the Department of Transportation went back to the 90s to take away their arcade machines? I always wondered where they went.

LiveByMeDieByMe
LiveByMeDieByMe

I agree that some games should not be available where little kids can play/see them? But a ban on "violent" games? That could even be Mario games (especially when you consider that the instruction book for the original NES Mario Bros. all of the princess's subjects were turned into bricks... and what does Mario destroy all the time every day forever?)

GeneralTrouble
GeneralTrouble

America: The land where obesity kills more than guns yet they pull video games from service stations.

Do you want fries with that?

budahsmoka
budahsmoka

I know this was a major tragedy and should not of happened, and the parents are looking for someone/something to blame... but ffs! dont spoil everyone's fun because of 1 psycho, it's only going to make ppl resent u. And the fact that they leave a high speed racing game at a highway rest stop is much worse, if you ask me that'll encourage drivers to get back in their cars and drive like idiots<<- and that is pure B.S, but see how u can make anything sound bad with the right words... STOP BANNING OUR GAMES!!

HSV002
HSV002

Games don't kill people, guns do

Diamondsoulz
Diamondsoulz

I bet the games were not even First Person shooters.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

The most shocking part of this article to me was that driving games apparently test your driving skills. If someone crashes from speeding will they pull those too?

Blitzkrieg129
Blitzkrieg129

Like this action is going to actually help...

dark_jedi79
dark_jedi79

I think what's going on in rest stop bathrooms would scar a child more than a game...

eddieham13
eddieham13

@theKSMM When I last saw statistics the average gamer was aged 31 or something.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

@sune_Gem Wow, so they must be very related seeing as how burnt toast and global warming can both cause cancer. Here is a bigger picture for you: some militaries allow kids to play videogames so they can be interested in joining the army.

genjuroT
genjuroT

@HSV002 eh, doesn't matter what you use to kill people. I should make a game where you bash people to death with video game cases.

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

great, another rush limbaugh bastard child born from oxycontin and viagra

theKSMM
theKSMM

@eddieham13 @theKSMM That's not surprising, it's an expensive hobby.  I play a lot more games now that I have my own TV and a job than when I was begging my parents to buy games for me. :-)

platinumking320
platinumking320

@Suikogaiden @platinumking320 Look at SOPA, the dems that supported it were all in states close to Vegas Disney Hollywood, and John Conyers from Michigan, but it was a Republican who introduced it.

The parties are gangs bro. Its all about money.