Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video Game Ban

July 19, 2011 -

An open letter by Mrs. O. Babiuk of New Westminster, British Columbia - written on behalf of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International - urges (with dramatic flair) Premier Christy Clark to "keep sexually explicit video games away from kids." The letter appeared this week in the Royal City Record newspaper. The group she represents is a professional honorary Society devoted to women educators in British Columbia. In her letter Babiuk asks Clark to take steps to limit the availability of violent and sexually explicit video games as part of the premier's "caring for children and families initiatives."

"As summer vacation has started, children are particularly at risk for increased exposure to the violence celebrated in many of the video games which are commonly available for sale in local stores, and at video arcades. Significant research has been conducted to determine the effects of violence in video games and many of the results indicate short-term and even long-term behavioral and attitudinal changes in those who play these games."

Babiuk goes on to compare video games with second-hand smoke, and ask that the premier work on banning video games to keep them out of the reach of children.

At no point during her opinion piece does she mention "parents" as part of this special formula that includes teachers and government intervention. Maybe it's just me, but I think parents in British Columbia are quite capable of making decisions for their children and don't need the government holding their hands.

You can read the whole thing here.


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Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

"Ohs noez!  We must savez teh children!  Ban video games!  Tehy be evil!"

Don't these people think that it should be the parents' right to raise their children and not the government?

I'm getting pretty sick of uneducated and ignorant groups like this (and yes, a Collegiate Sorority like this is uneducated and ignorant in the avenues of discussion that they are attempting to insert themselves into) attempting to make the government take on the responsibilities of parents.  The government is already too established within our lives as it is - leave them out of parenting.  (This goes for all governments - not just my own.)


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Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

no they dont they feal the gov can do things better then parints cuze "the man" knows mor and cairs mor" or sum rubbish

am dyslexic and have a learning disablement from when i died as a baby and sustained brain damage do to lack of oxygen pleas pardon my bad spelling and grammar

 

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Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

That letter is so very vague, it looks very much like it was computer generated!  It certainly doesn't represent the intelligence of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and I'm very disappointed in the lack of substance.  Please name said "sexually explicit" video game--they are not sold at retail locations.  Such content is implicitly covered by existing obscenity laws, and in Maryland (south o' the border), they amended the obsenity law to include sexually explicit content in games and software.

Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

I am distraught that my game company's initials are the same as this authoritarian group's. This troubles me. I do not want my good company's name soiled like that.

E. Zachary Knight
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Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

Sue them for defamation. Beat them at their own game. XD

 

 

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Looks like it's time to sharpen your Search Engine Optimization tools, Zachary. 

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Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

Is there some kind of template document for these types of things?  It seems that the same (discredited) points, arguments, and analogies get trotted out in just about every article like this.  

Bla bla STUDIES SHOW bla bla JUST LIKE CIGARETTES bla bla PROTECT THE CHILDREN bla bla GOVERNMENT ACTION bla bla.  

Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

I mentioned this in the shoutbox, but I'm more distressed that people think obscenity statutes for cigarettes or alcohol give them carte blanche to regulate whatever they don't like.

 
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Andrew EisenI'm still trying to figure out where anyone is getting the idea violent content or lousy representation of women and minorities in video games shouldn't exist or be promoted.06/30/2015 - 9:25am
james_fudgeWell, members of GP first, members of GG second, I always say.06/30/2015 - 9:06am
black mantaConsidering it's only you and Mattsworkname that have been carrying the banner for it here, that pretty much testifies to how little influence they have. Most everyone else here couldn't care less.06/30/2015 - 8:54am
black mantaAgain GG is more like Occupy Wall Street than the Tea Party movement. They had their moment, but they fizzled out. And now exist more as a nebulous thing spouting ideas. They haven't achieved anything meaningful.06/30/2015 - 8:52am
black mantaAs sincere as your beliefs may be, the movement is still rife with bigots and misogynists.06/30/2015 - 8:51am
black mantaI'm sure you're heart's in the right place, Goth. But it doesn't excuse the behavior of GG's members towards the people they don't like.06/30/2015 - 8:50am
MattsworknameWow goth, write a novel why dont cha. Seriously I know you have a passion for this stuff, but wow, thats kinda overkill.06/30/2015 - 8:46am
james_fudgeI hereby dub this space the Mainifesto Box (tm)06/30/2015 - 8:34am
Infophile13 shouts in total by Goth in a row. I think I'm to blame here. If I'd read the Breitbart link when he'd posted it, maybe he wouldn't have felt the need to say everything here.06/30/2015 - 8:27am
E. Zachary KnightI go away for one night and Goth writes his Gamergate manifesto in the shoutbox.06/30/2015 - 8:15am
james_fudgeI blame Andrew for this.06/30/2015 - 8:10am
Goth_SkunkAnd at long last, I think I'm finally done.06/30/2015 - 3:08am
Goth_SkunkAnd if those progressive games fail to make any headway in the market, don't blame gamer culture for not being cultured enough to appreciate the product. Own up to the fact that the game either sucks, is not interesting, or both.06/30/2015 - 3:06am
Goth_Skunknor suggest that the games industry and culture is rife with toxicity because of it and needs to change for the good of the medium. There is room in the market for progressive games to co-exist with games like Hatred, not replace them outright.06/30/2015 - 3:04am
Goth_SkunkAnd if the overly violent content of most AAA games or the perceived mistreatment of women in such games bothers one, by all means criticize it, but do not under any circumstances suggest that it such content shouldn't exist or be promoted,06/30/2015 - 3:02am
Goth_SkunkGames, for the most part, let you do this! You can be the man or woman you're not. You can escape reality and immerse yourself in the experience. And that's wonderful! I play as female characters all the time in games I play, when the option is available.06/30/2015 - 2:59am
Goth_SkunkA choice that nature denied transgender people at birth! People don't undergo gender reassignment because they want to be transgender; they undergo gender reassignment because they want to be the gender they identify with!06/30/2015 - 2:52am
Goth_SkunkBut I think it gets silly when people start asking for the ability to play as a transgender protagonist. I mean, why would one do that? One usually has the option to create a character that's either a man or a woman, gay or straight. You have the choice!06/30/2015 - 2:50am
Goth_Skunkfirst two games, a move which was ultimately corrected in the 3rd game. By extension, Dragon Age has always had the option, and good on it!06/30/2015 - 2:45am
Goth_SkunkBut it certainly is good to see developers entertain the allowance of allowing the player to develop their protagonist to be homosexual if they want. The Mass Effect series was criticized rightly for not allowing a male homosexual romance plot in the06/30/2015 - 2:44am
 

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