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Posted: Dec 21st 2007 11:28AM (Unverified) said

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Its the responsibility of the parents, not the game.

Don't let games, TV, ect be the baby sitters.

Posted: Dec 21st 2007 12:15PM (Unverified) said

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Very well said Akela!

Posted: Dec 21st 2007 12:41PM Scopique said

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Humans aren't BLAME-avoiding machines...they'll cast blame at the drop of a hat. They're RESPONSIBILITY-FOR-THEIR-OWN-ACTIONS avoiding machines.

Posted: Dec 21st 2007 4:46PM ComputerSherpa said

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"Violence in movies is so much more pervasive and visceral than anything you could possibly see in a game, yet movie scenes are very rarely cited as the source of antisocial behavior."

Well, not anymore. You don't remember what the news coverage was like when The Matrix came out, do you? People were very concerned that a movie could be both so violent and so popular. That scene where Trinity and Neo take out an entire floor of security guards in slow-mo was replayed over and over.

But it's not news anymore. Eventually, news companies will lose interest in "violent videar-games on the intertubes" and move on.

Posted: Dec 23rd 2007 3:13PM (Unverified) said

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i believe that was played over and over on TV due to Columbine...not so much that he movie was popular...
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Posted: Dec 23rd 2007 1:48AM (Unverified) said

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Eh, some people are just predisposed towards violence, irrespective of where it stems from the majority of the time. You'll find that they had plenty of other signs in their life that something wasn't quite right well before WoW even came along into the scene.

Besides, the reason that people are so quick to blame video games over something more mainstream like movies is because they want some sort of scapegoat that they couldn't care less about if the industry falls over, because they don't play them. Not their precious entertainment, no way can tv or the movies ever influence anyone. /sarcasm

Posted: Dec 26th 2007 1:11PM (Unverified) said

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I would love to get into a lengthy discussion on this, but instead I'll just say the cold hard truth on the matter:

Whether you want to look at it scientifically or spiritually, there are good people and there are bad people.

There are mentally disturbed people and there are mentally healthy people.

If you are a normal, decent human then you would never burn anyone next to you with gasoline claiming to turn them into a fire mage.

I'm sorry, but even when I was five years old I was watching violent material on television, movies and games... the worst thing I might have ever done was hit my older sister with a stick claiming to have been wielding a light saber. I still knew the difference between right and wrong, on the larger scale that any cognoscente human should. I was never stupid or mentally disturbed enough to light someone on fire or do something that could potentially kill them.

It IS the influence of video games that drives these sick, disturbed people to kill, but it is also TV and movies that drive this fascination as well. Why? because sick, self indulgent people feed the feelings that already exist inside of them. They dwell on these things and want to make them a reality, almost like a fetish. Let's face it, no matter how much anyone wants to deny or hide it, we all have twisted thoughts. We all have an inherit "need" to consume and "take" everything around us. It is the good people that shut out these thoughts. That being said, however, anyone who takes pleasure in the idea of taking something as precious as a good human life should seek mental help.

It isn't entertainment that should be chastised. We shouldn't try to blame these things or the people that create them. There will always be bad people and bad people will always take these forms of entertainment too far. We shouldn't have to censor our human creativity just because there are strange, sick people in the world that would take the ideas too far.

Posted: Dec 26th 2007 9:01PM (Unverified) said

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I have to admit that I do think video games can cause violence... I think you have to play a *lot* though, and especially play games that reinforce evil acts, but I do believe it is possible. It is up to parents to make sure their kids don't play too much, or don't play the worst games. If they have an aggressive child to begin with, they certainly need to pay special attention to what he/she is doing for fun.

And *all* parents need to sit down with their kids and explain right and wrong. I think many parents don't do this because they assume it is too obvious.

Posted: Dec 29th 2007 10:58PM (Unverified) said

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I agree with Jonathan J.B, couldn't have put it better myself.

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