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Massachusetts pulls violent games from rest stops

Massachusetts pulls violent games from rest stops

Mon 14 Jan 2013 4:05pm GMT / 11:05am EST / 8:05am PST

Newtown shooting prompts state to remove some arcade machines; town of Melrose starting violent game collection drive

The backlash against violent games continues a month after a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut left dozens dead. As reported by The Boston Globe, officials in neighboring Massachusetts have pulled violent arcade games from state-owned rest stops, and one town is planning a violent game collection drive.

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey said that violent arcade games were removed from the rest stops after a resident complained. Time Crisis and Beach Head 2000 were given as examples of games taken away, while Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, and Cruis'n Exotica were allowed to remain.

"Bottom line is I think there isn't a person who doesn't believe that there isn't too much violence in our society, and games can glorify that," Davey told the paper. "A video game in a public space could be used by anybody of any age."

Concern about violent games isn't limited to the state's highways. The town of Melrose, roughly three hours' drive from Newtown, is holding a "New Year, New Direction" violent game collection drive. Much like the drive planned (but abandoned) by the town of Southington, Connecticut earlier this month, Melrose is promising to give coupons for local businesses to families who turn in their violent games, movies, and toys for disposal at the city's junk yard. The city expects to begin the program February 1.


Christopher McCraken CEO/Production Director, Double Cluepon Software

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Will someone again tell me, please...where the "fair and balanced" is in this discussion? Joe Biden says our industry is not being singled out. seems to me we're being singled out. So, where in all this are the people who are standing up and saying: "personal responsibility, societal responsibility have to be on the table here to have this discussion"?

We have the ECA and the IGDA. Oh wait. They took the bait. They're not representing, they're trying to do damage control on the spin machine.

Get ready folks. Because we all know where this is headed. We can re-assure ourselves that the worst won't happen all we want, but we know where this is headed. Why, it's a tale older than electricity.

Posted:A year ago

[Taken from a open letter reply to Globe article]

- The details of the situation raised in the The Boston Globe, has still to be clarified, but based on the current available information the situation seems that the amusement trade and its products have been unfairly maligned in order to deflect criticism of other entertainment media such as console games, but also to deflect the discussion regarding gun ownership and the NRA.

[Taken from the AAMA website -]

What a shame!

Posted:A year ago


Phil Morris Audio Producer

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Sure, get rid of violent videogames, and the US culture of creepy disturbed people owning pistols and assault rifles will evaporate overnight...

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Phil Morris on 14th January 2013 5:33pm

Posted:A year ago


Dan Lowe 3D Animator, Ubisoft Montreal

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I thought games were now protected under the constitution?

Posted:A year ago


Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

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The American are historically good at this stuff.

Look at the events in Salem in 1692, or the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1940s and 1950s to see precedents.

Posted:A year ago


Joshua Rose Executive Producer / Lead Designer, Storm Eagle Studios

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@Dan: There was a supreme court ruling saying video games are protected under freedom of speech in the US constitution.

As an American, I think the most solid thing I can see coming out of legislation in relation to video games is an actual law on game ratings and selling to those underage. The rating systems in the US are an industry regulated institution enforced by retailers and sometimes publishers. Making it a 'law' will only put a formal face on an already accepted standard. But there's no law keeping parents from buying Grand Theft Auto for their 12 year old kid...

As for the
US culture of creepy disturbed people owning pistols and assault rifles
I sincerely hope you are not generalizing with this comment. The majority of lawful owners of firearms are not insane.

Posted:A year ago


Anthony Wade ICT Technician

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All i can say is only in america blah blah blah. It amazes me how dumber and dumber they become.

Posted:A year ago


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