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  • Andrew111888
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    Since this thread is over two years old, it's nearly guaranteed almost all original posters are gone.

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  • briangumble
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    Originally posted by DoST
    Often the school shootings in the USA are related with FPS games.
    Negative. First off, school shootings ussually happen because people get bullied, and harrased beyond there limit. And anyone who commits a crime and blames it on a game is either doing it to try to use it as a excuse for what they did, or because they have mental problems. By the time you are nine or ten years old, you should know the difference between reality and fantasy, and the difference between right and wrong. So you can't use a game as a excuse for what you did. I'm 15, and I have been playing games like Grand Theft Auto, and other M-rated games since I was 10. I have been watching R-rated movies since I was 10. And I have never once thought about commiting a crime because I saw it in a game, or movie.

    Edit: I would have never replied to this thread if I knew it was 2 years old.

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  • Bema Jinn
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    Argh. this kind of topic gets me really riled. they had a debate about it on TVthe other day.

    These are my opinion:

    #1: For a game to affect someone so much they want to kill, they have to be uite mental in the first place

    #2: in my experience, violent games releive tension. instead of going out and stabbing someone, i do it in the comfort of my computer screen

    #3: people ALWAYS look for something to blame for someones actions, or in some cases are just out to make a quick quid. the people that are at fault are the people that commit the crime.

    i play GTA, you don't see me stealing cars and running people over for a quick laugh.


    EDIT: Woah, thisis an old thread.
    Last edited by Bema Jinn; Sat 6th Nov '04, 2:54pm.

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  • Dwarf_Pr0n
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    When shootings occur in schools etc the media always looks to someone to blame and it usually ends up being video games.
    So playing Doom 3 one day means that id are to blame for some mentally unstable kid to kill his school mates. If parents didnt use video games as babysitters and if America had gun laws to prevent every house from having an easily accessible gun then it wouldn't be so much of a problem.

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  • Skeptical
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    Parenting ALWAYS have a larger blame than any video game does. Think about it. Your parents are responsible for 99% of your upbringing. Video games take up maybe 1%? And that 1% was allowed by the parents in the first place.

    So for a parent to blame a video game company for their children's violence is more than ironic.

    Plus, I don't believe the freedom of the world should be dictated solely by the abuses by a few unworthy bad apples.

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  • NetherChris
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    Thank you.. MacKenzie... It's people like you that keep the crazies from taking over.

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  • MacKenzie
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    I would worry about anyone who has experienced true violence and still gets gratification from these games.
    Well, as someone who's been in battle, I'll say that perhaps it's attutides like these that go towards vilifying computer games.

    It's just a game. Having been in a position where I fought for my life, I can say that a computer game is no where near the same thing.

    It's just a game

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  • nuno
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    Originally posted by Jakeman
    I play all sorts of violent computer games and I turned out ok
    LOL

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  • Jake Bunce
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    I play all sorts of violent computer games and I turned out ok

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  • CondorZ
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    Aren't computer games supposed to be entertaining? What is the appeal to the violence? Perhaps fantasy for those who have never experienced the real thing? I would worry about anyone who has experienced true violence and still gets gratification from these games.

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  • yetdog111
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    What's even more troubling to me is that we have a Democratic presidential candidate-hopeful who leans heavily on blaming video games and movies for just about every act of sex and violence under the sun. Talk about out of touch with reality.

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  • NetherChris
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    A highup at Nintendo once said
    "If video games really affected people, wouldn't everybody who played Pac-Man be munching on pills and walking around dark rooms listening to repetitive music?"

    Sorry, but it's not my fault that john Q. kid has the IQ of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    Kids who do these things crave attention... and when they are done in copycat styles, the only attention they get from me is how much of an unorginal unrespectable "copycat" they truly are. Mine as well just kill themselves in their rooms, and save the rest of us the trouble of hearing the parents of victims whining about how counter-strike and unreal and... DOOM.... ruined their child's lives. Wrong place at the wrong time and fell victim to a moron.... psychologically ill as it is it makes me even more sick to see them trying to scrounge money from already suffering software companies in tough times like this.

    Not to sound unsympathetic... but... well... I am. Whatever parent raised a monster like that is the one who should be sued, for every cent of every dollar that they have. I am sick and tired of hearing parents blame everything on this green earth except themselves for their kid's troubles. Maybe some sort of mandatory "Your child is a moron and it's your fault" fine should be put into effect for kids who go out and vandalize buildings and shoot people. Blame the kids, blame the parents, but for crissakes stop blaming Duke Nukem. HE DOESN'T EXIST!!!

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  • mdx381
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    If anything, the blame needs to be put on one of two groups...

    The Children - For thinking that they can do what they see in a video game and not know it's wrong, or impossible to do in real life without getting hurt.

    And...

    The Parents - If their child is too immature for a certain game, then they should be the parent and tell them no.

    "Quick! I'm going to get a mushroom and throw it at someone! I saw Mario do it, so it must be okay!"

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  • alien51
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    people should know the difference between reality and a video game.

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  • bigmattyh
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    Originally posted by chrispadfield
    There was a copycat element to it though I believe, hence the blame....
    I think it would be fair to say, though, that the biggest contributor to the "copycat" issue is the endless media coverage when one of these incidents happens. I remember from watching local TV news 15 years ago that national stories made up maybe 2-3 minutes of the broadcast, whereas the rest was local news. Now it's almost the opposite.

    What happens when you shift the focus to the national/international scale in a system where ratings are king is that you end up having the news focus on whatever death and destruction is going on in the world. That focus makes a huge difference. Troubled kids see one shooting at one school, and all of a sudden, we have 3-4 more incidents within a couple of months, until school gets out. They see that one sure way to get noticed in their directionless, sad and confused worlds is to be destructive.

    That said, you get what you focus on. Focus on FPS-type games, and you'll cultivate some level of desire for or insensitivity to death and destruction. But it happens in the media so much more often than in video games, and the media reach far more people than these video games.

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