The Violent Video Games Return Program offers up gift certificates in exchange for violent games, music and movies turned in during an event later this month.
Hmm... you think the media would just say violent entertainment. Guess that's not exactly catchy enough.
The collected items will then be broken and later incinerated by town employees.
Guess they don't believe in recycling either. I'm sorry I kept reading through this article and how this idea came about from a 12-year old. Now don't get me wrong, I do believe that children and teenagers can be smarter than the average adult, but this kid doesn't seem to understand what he's advocating. This is a lower form of fascism, except you're given the choice of handing over said video games.
I do like how this kid says that the parents should talk more with their kids and know what their playing. If said parents are comfortable with their kids playing violent video games then okay. Like I said kids are sometimes smarter than the average adult. Most adults don't even contemplate what these violent video games are and ignore the ESRB warnings.
The answer is not to destroy the video games though, that is a step backwards... it is a huge step backwards. This is all pretty much people saying "we know what is good for you and for your kids". Why are we still blaming violent video games, music, and movies for violent criminal acts instead of the criminals? Every time a tragedy happens, people have to point fingers. There are bad people in this world and the good news is, there are less and less bad people in the world and that number will continue to shrink as long as we love one another.
I have grown up on violent video games since I was 6-Years Old. My first violent video game was Mortal Kombat. You know what, my mother was outraged when she saw me playing it at the arcades. You know what she did? She told me that I wasn't allowed to play it anymore and dragged me away from it. My mother was one of the many concerned mothers who wanted the ESRB and was happy when it was implemented.
At 8-Years Old, I came home from school and saw my dad playing Resident Evil 2. My mother thought it was okay for me to watch and play this game because it was killing zombies and that was cool. I was 8 so I didn't understand everything that was going on in the game, all I knew was that you take the gun, you shoot the zombies, and they die. I had an understanding that what I could do in a video game or what I saw on TV or in a movie wasn't real. I knew I couldn't imitate it... my parents told me this. They talked to me as a child.
My parents owned guns, I was told NEVER to go into my parents room or touch their guns. They both let me shoot their guns. After I did... I didn't give a shit about guns and you know what. I still don't give a shit about guns. I don't get what the big deal is.
Now knowing all of that, I still do not understand why the finger keeps getting pointed at video games, rappers, violent movies, or whatever seems to have done something that people aren't content with and that is... CHANGE. This isn't going nuts, going nuts implies being crazy. This is an agenda, this is a belief, they don't know that violent video games, music, or movies cause violence, because if they did they would have evidence for it in which case they don't. They believe that violent entertainment causes violence. You can only know when you have the evidence, that's too much work to do. You can believe anything though, and that doesn't require a damn bit of effort. Just set up your straw-man and show him off.