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    Video Games Targeted By Senate In Wake Of Sandy Hook Shooting

    While abidingly anti-censorship, I think this makes sense. Video games seem to be almost exclusively about killing. And especially the military-style entries are getting more and more realistic re., weapons, logistics and true-to-life strategy. I can see how impressionable young minds that spend hours upon hours with these things can become desensitized.
     
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    So were GI Joes.....:rolleyes:

    Now they're collector's items.
     
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    It's the online gaming that troubles them as ratings are useless in keeping young kids from playing. I really don't know how one could stop it. If anything you could probably target some people to check out by playing with them and using the chat feature.
     
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    What a ridiculous comparison.
     
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    How is it ridiculous? I grew up with GI Joes. When we played with them we played war. We shot each other with 45s and rifles . We threw grenades at each other. We shot bazookas at each other.

    We killed each other.

    The only difference was that it wasn't on a screen but right in our own hands.
     
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    I said this is another thread ... we shot air rifles and cap guns at each other. We shot pellet guns at each others ... he harmless yellow ball spring loaded versions. We lobbed water balloons that looked like grenades. We played cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians and Americans vs Germans. We set traps against each other ... we hand fought/wrestled with rubber knives and scored kills. then we got called to supper ate .. went back outside and did it again unless we played sports.

    I notice not on person is talking paintball ... kids love paintball and adults also. ... is it harmful.

    Other than the welts i don't think so ... but it's not in the news just yet.
     
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    I played the same stuff -- OUTSIDE, running around, getting dirty and grass-stained, sweaty, out of breath and using my imagination. I dug a foxhole in the vacant lot next door. We lobbed rotten apples at each other from the adjacent apple orchard. We played "army," but it wasn't about killing.

    How does that compare to sitting stationary in a dimly lit room for hours upon hours, racking up body counts with disturbingly realistic (and accurate) military scenarios? It doesn't.

    I'll look for the source on this, but I heard a report of a test study that enacted a violent confrontation in front of two control groups: one involving kids that had been playing violent video games, the other with kids who had been doing something constructive. The video gamers were much slower to react/respond, suggesting a possible desensitization to violence in reality.
     
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    When we shot each other or lobbed a grenade it was to kill the other GI Joe. The GI Joe ......"died". We had stretchers that we used to take the dead or wounded GI Joe off the battefield. We had jeeps with rocket launchers. We had machine guns that we built machine gun nests for. Heck, we had bayonets, duffle bags, canteens, mortars.....very real life for that time.
    We played for hours and hours and hours.
     
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    Because you know nothing about them.

    The same thing happened was said about comic books in the 50s. It's simply ignorant people pointing the finger at something they don't "get".

    Confidential File: Horror Comic Books! - YouTube

    Studies have already been conducted on video games, there is no link between video games and violence. It even went to the Supreme court when California tried to ban violent video games, and the Supreme court threw out their law.

    Tragedy and Video Game Violence - YouTube
     
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    You truly don't see the difference between that and today's militarily accurate video games?

    Play a lot of bloody body-count video games, do you?
     
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    Well, of course there is a difference. But the general underlying principles are the same.

    Are you saying that a well adjusted person is going to play video games and as a result of that and only that suddenly decide to shoot innocent people for no reason?
     
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    I suppose in your mind that makes me Adam Lanza.

    Or maybe you are just trying to find a way to respond to my comment without actually acknowledging anything I said.

    You're likely referring to the study done by Dr. Anderson. This was used by California in defense of their law banning violent video games - here is what the Supreme court had to say about that study:

    Also, video games sales going up, youth violence (and violence in general) trending down.

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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkai...ar-over-year-violent-crime-continues-to-fall/
     
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    Absolutely not! What concerns me is someone like Adam Lanza blurring fantasy and reality with video games tipping the balance. Cops have expressed concern over the sophisticated level of lethal knowledge available through those things.
     
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    So what are you proposing, exactly?
     
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    I simply support the Senate's interest in studying this phenomenon. It'll be interesting to see what they come up with.
     
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    Why just video games?
     
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    Read the linked article, that will explain what's going on.
     
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    Well, they will have to start with the United States Army ;)

    America's Army - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    I think he asked why, not what.

    But I'll sum it up anyways: People over 40 angry about stuff they don't understand.
     
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    Wait a minute! I am over 40 and I love video games! All kinds, fps, rpg, mmo, rts... pretty much all games across all genres.
     

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