Connecticut Town Hosts Violent Video Game Buyback Event

The Escapist reports that community members in the town of Southington, Connecticut have put a bulls eye on violent video games in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that saw 20 children and six adults murdered by a lone gunmen in mid-December. A community group calling themselves SouthingtonSOS announced a violent video game buyback program on January 12 in the town that will give gift certificates to citizens who turn in their violent interactive entertainment.

While the group does not emphatically blame videogames for the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School they are certainly putting more of an emphasis on it as being a catalyst – even though they do mention that a culture of violence is abundant in media like videogames, movies and television. But the group certainly isn't asking anyone to turn in their violent DVDs and Blu-ray discs either…

"There is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety," the group said in a statement to local news station WFSB. The spokesperson for the group said that this type of violent content "is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying."

The buyback program has been promoted by the Southington Board of Education, which sent out emails to residents on behalf of the group to notify them of the event.

Source: The Escapist, image via Google Maps.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Because video games are as lethal as any weapon *facepalm* Yes that was sarcasm.

    And honestly, I see what they're saying since they aren't asking for movies or TV shows on DVD and bluray with violent content on them. No asking for violent comic books or toys either.

    By singling out video games for this, yes, they are blaming video games for it.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    The point being that this won't actually help anything since they're turning in soemthing that doesn't actually do any harm, and really can't do any harm to well adjusted people.

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    GrimCW says:

    Theres less nudity in games as it still seems fairly taboo for the market..

    much like how until recently we barely heard any cuss words or actual fowl language in most titles, let alone any form of "offensive" imagery outside of maybe a swastika or two.

    While some older titles had it, they were often neglected and ignored, or had it in such tiny moderation…  But all aside, yeah.. more violence/sex in modern television with open access to any house with a TV in it..

    As for the bullying thing.. if we overprotect them now, how will they learn to deal with it in the future? Any form of criticism and these kids start bawling like infants nowadays… And the complete lack of work ethic thats connected to this.. oye..

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    Overcast says:

    Why is it always about video games?

    The more violent games out there; like Grand Theft Auto for example – still PALE in comparison to many movies. And no video game even comes close in 'graphic' violence to a movie like 'Saw' for instance.

    There's more nudity on 'regular' TV now than on most video games and often, more violence as well.

    Always something to 'blame' instead of the psycho's themselves… Blame guns, video games..

    "is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying."

    Whatever – I was bullied plenty in school; more than once – like any kid that got bullied, I would have liked to see those brats lying dead somewhere – but I'm not one who would REALLY want to kill someone over something like that.

    And the only video games out there were Asteroids, Pitfall, and PacMan.

    It's easy to blame a 'tool' or 'device' however. Much easier than looking at your own life and thinking about what kind of an example you are to your kids. I suspect that's 98% of the problem.


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    Craig R. says:

    "But the group certainly isn't asking anyone to turn in their violent DVDs and Blu-ray discs either…"

    Nor is the group asking anyone to turn in the devices that actual help kill people: guns.

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    SeanB says:

    Damn, Wish i lived there. I've got a lot of old video games that aren't worth anything to trade in at EB Games, that would easily classify for this buyback thing.

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