Pennsylvania State Rep. Warns Parents About School Shooter 'Game'

April 8, 2011 -

Pennsylvania State representative Lawrence Curry (D- Montgomery/Philadelphia County) is warning parents about " a violent video game" called School Shooter: World Tour 2012. He apparently doesn't know that it's a modification for Half-Life 2, or that it will be free to download if its creators actually ever finish it, but we won't split hairs.

"The game is modeled after the Columbine incident, or Northern Illinois or the Virginia episode. It is a real concern to me," said Curry to News station CBS 21.

"I think it's definitely in poor taste," adds Dr. Kathleen Doherty, the chair of psychology at Harrisburg Area Community College.

She tells them during the interview that she believes all the studies she has seen that link violent media to aggressive behavior in children.

"And the research shows that the correlation between violent media and violent behavior is as strong as the correlation as smoking and lung cancer," adds Dohery. "They do impact our behavior. They don't impact everybody in the same way. Just like not everybody who smokes gets lung cancer...but we know that there's a correlation."

To State Representative Curry's credit, he is calling on parents to pay closer attention to the ESRB ratings on the covers of the games they buy for their kids. Parents should at least head that advice.

Source: WHPTV CBS 6


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Re: Pennsylvania State Rep. Warns Parents About School ...

"They fear what they don't understand and they despise what they fear." - Janos Audron

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To State Representative Curry's credit, he is calling on parents to pay closer attention to the ESRB ratings on the covers of the games they buy for their kids. Parents should at least head that advice

 

True, but this is a mod and hence wouldn't be rated by the ESRB. 

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Ok how long until that insanely wrong cigarette comparison goes away? Grand Theft Childhood and others have demolished that pile of crap for what it is.

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HEre's a published statistical (and unfortunately highly technical) debunking of these kinds of claims: http://www.tamiu.edu/~cferguson/effectsRoGP.pdf

they get repeated because they are "good news stories" to psychologists who are insecure about their research vis-a-vis other fields (speaking globally, there are exceptions of course, but as a field it's one of the motivations for why this nonsense isn't shot down).

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Probably not until it doesn't scare parents anymore.

Re: Pennsylvania State Rep. Warns Parents About School ...

There isn't a correleation between smoking and lung cancer, there is a causation between smoking and lung cancer.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

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"They don't impact everybody in the same way. Just like not everybody who smokes gets lung cancer..."

What, but, gah, argh... *poooof*

Re: Pennsylvania State Rep. Warns Parents About School ...

Ah, gotta love the cigarettes = games angle.   

 
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