Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

December 15, 2008 -

At least Kym Worthy has updated her list.

We last peeped the Wayne County Prosecutor during the 2007 holiday shopping season. At the time she was blaming games for the crime problem in Detroit and pushing an outdated list of ten games to avoid.

Ms. Worthy is back, reports the Detroit Free Press, with a brand-new list but the same old line:

The last year has convinced me more than ever that children are at risk of becoming desensitized to violence and can exhibit more aggressive behavior if they repeatedly play certain violent video games.

 

The [Sorensen murder] investigation revealed that the youths would often play violent video games. I believe that certain video games are connected to the proliferation of violent crimes being committed by youthful offenders such as Orlewicz and Letkemann.

Perhaps Worthy picked up on GP's criticism that last year's top ten list was embarrassingly outdated. This year's edition is cadged from the National Institute on Media and the Family's 2008 Annual Video Game Report Card:

  • Blitz the League II
  • Dead Space
  • Fallout 3
  • Far Cry 2
  • Gears of War 2
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Legendary
  • Resistance 2
  • Saints Row 2
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming

GP: If you think that this stuff is insignificant, consider that Worthy's 2007 list was picked up and subsequently regurgitated by the government of Thailand during its August video game crackdown.


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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

Yeah good job.. why don't you just tell people to avoid M-rated games because they're for adults in the first place? It'd be alot easier, lady.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

Later in the news game sales are booming becaus of this

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

Wait she got that from another list of games that kids shoudnt buy.

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

She obviously hates the human race as we know it today. How can't kids know how to fight off zombie hordes without training?

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

Okay, maybe, just maybe, I can see a point in listing certain games - games where the character is blowing away innocent animals and other people - as 'games to avoid', but 'Left 4 Dead'???  Look, Ms. Worthy, if a ravening zombie is on your doorstep wanting to feed on your brains, you need to be prepared.  'Left 4 Dead' is the only game in existence that will really help your family survive the zombie horde.

Since when is it okay to support the living dead?  These abominations need to be destroyed, and the only way to do that is by destroying the brain!  Ms. Worthy clearly takes a pro-zombie and anti-human stance by listing this game as a game to avoid.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

  She is clearly a staunch pro-unlife supporter.

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

  Wow, it looks like my Game Season shopping list!

  It's sad that politicians like this would rather waste their time attacking games they've probably never even seen than trying to find real solutions for the real problems. Violence existed before these games, and if they all ceased to be tomorrow, the violence would still be here. Hell, the violence might even go up a bit as the people who vent their stress through video games would lose that outlet.

 

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

 Yes, because Detroit is FULL of zombies =/ (Left 4 Dead)

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

it is they are called crack heads and homeless drug addicts.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

GTA IV isn't on the list, did she only look to the last half of this year?

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

Neither is No More Heroes, so yeah, I'd say she probably focused on games being released close to the holiday season.  Not a bad system, considering that's what's being marketed now, but she's obviously evil and misguided because she works for the government.  Right, everybody? ;D

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

I'd say she copy/pasted the NIMF list.

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

Oh, right.  Well, they probably went looking at the back half of the year.  Eheheheh.

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

By the way does this dumb bitch even know that violent crime and in particular juvenile crime has been dropping and reaching record lows in America or is that not even relevent? Of course it's easier to blame video games then the hard drug trade, lack of jobs, poverty, and abusive households. Those things don't have easy solutions to them.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

Oh here comes the false dilemma train again.

No one was ever promoting these games to children. Try again, Kym Worthy.

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

 Someone needs to ask how this kid got his hands on a loaded handgun, not how he got his hands on a copy of Halo 3. Guns don't fire themselves, thanks

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

Well the gun might go off if handled improperly with the safety off, but again that just goes back to "stupid people that should not even own guns to begin with", not HALO 3.

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Re: Detroit Persecutor Updates Her Games-to-Buy List, Finally

You don't see New Orleans pulling this B.S. in this post-Katrina age.

Worry about the real crime in the streets and the real cause of crime.

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

If she honestly thinks crime has only one major cause she's a fool

If she thinks that the cause is violent video games she's a moron.

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

She's got bigger problems to deal with than fake violence.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

I guess it;'s easier for her to worry about fake violence than to deal with real violence.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

I had a similiar thought.  Shouldn't she, ahm, I don't know, be doing her job?

Maybe we are looking at someone at risk of loosing her position unless she drums up some moral outrage and centers herself as a mover and shaker against the great new threat to american peace.  Beats actually working I guess.

If she can't work out basic cause and effect, I can not imagine her being a very effetive prosecuter.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

Detroit is one of the worst cities in North America when it comes to crime and this lady is worried about fake violence within video games. Talk about using a scapegoat for the cities problems. Maybe she should go after rampant poverty, hard drug use and unemployment. Those seem like the bigger problems for Michigan.

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

games are not the problem hell people in detroit are really too poor to afford most of the current gen games.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

True, esspecially seeing as the layoffs in michigan from all the big three automakers practically going bankrupt have left the city no the entire state of Michigan in crisis. Things are no better in southwestern Ontario either. I'm working two minimun wage jobs to pay the bills and get rid of my debt. No full time jobs anywhere right now. Things are going to shit.

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

its horrible here. i was working at a burger king in side metro airport and they just laid everybody off.  im pissed as shit about the whole situation. the only easy hiring is the military since i dont see them laying anybody off anytime soon. also the state is in financial ruin detroit is feeling most of the brunt of the financial downfall.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games-to-Avoid List, Finally

Didn't Cleveland just declare bankruptcy like  a month ago?

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games to Avoid List, Finally

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games to Avoid List, Finally

This dumb bitch needs to get her head of out her fat ass. Detroit has always been a cesspool and it will stay that way espicially now with the auto industry on the brink of bankruptcy. If this stupid bitch thinks that video games have anything to do with the problems in Detroit she needs to take a look at that city's history. Detroit has always been a dirty, filthy, and crime ridden city and it isn't changing anytime soon.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games to Avoid List, Finally

Detroit is a hell hole, has been for a while.  It has gotten a tiny better compared to the past, but it is still is a boiling puss filled infection. (Damn it, I was going to put what Richard says in Van Wilder but I can't remember it...  Something about a rectal itch or anal something...)

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games to Avoid List, Finally

I read your post and wondered, do you live in Detroit? Or have you visited Detroit and had a bad time of it? Are your opinions based on some first-hand experience or knowledge? You don't say. There's not much substance to your bad-mouthing. You must have some reason, but it's just that the many, many nice people who live in Detroit might take you for some sort of sad, ignorant fool when you rant like that, without backing it up with anything real.

As for history, Kym Worthy has been going after video games for a long time. I remember reading about how she pushed Hansen Clark to draft Michigan's original anti-gaming legislation, five or six years ago. Plus, outdated or otherwise, she gets national coverage at least once a year, just by releasing another silly list. Head up her ass or not, it seems to be working for her. At least as well as randomly railing against a major metropolitan area seems to be working for you.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games to Avoid List, Finally

Have you ever lived in or been to Detroit Stinking Kevin? Specifically the intercity or are you currently residing there?

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games to Avoid List, Finally

well she did crack down on Kwame Kilpatrick, so at least Detroit's improved a little bit

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games to Avoid List, Finally

not by much. i live in detroit it still sucks. the job market is horrible. its so bad i ALMOST dont blame the drug dealers for slinging crack here. if the fast food jobs start laying off i can officially say detroit is officially doomed.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games to Avoid List, Finally

Old Detroit has a cancer... that cancer is crime.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games to Avoid List, Finally

Well at least shes using current games this time. :P Still the games are all M rated which means parents should be carful picking which ones their child might want since some M games are light M and others are a heavy M.

Re: Detroit Prosecutor Updates Her Games to Avoid List, Finally

She just wants attention, that is all it is about.  Just like JT, Johnny Fairplay, and so many others.  Attention grabbing horrors, trying to advance their careers, and it fails every time, just look at the other 2 examples.

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