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14. Re: No subject Aug 17, 2004, 09:54 Tigger
The theory that violent media causes violent behavior in youth. What else.

I NEVER said that violent media causes violence in children or teenagers. What I posted was a link that makes the argument that teenagers don't have the mental capability to make good judgment calls. Is that true of ALL teenagers, certainly not. Let me bold that so that you can read it:

Is that true of ALL teenagers, certainly not.

And let me bold the next part, so you’ll read that too:

But because this society is so full of suing each other for this problem or that, it's necessary to err on the side of caution.

And don't even get me started about that shit.

The article goes on to say that scientists believe that humans begin to have mental capacity and life experience to start making good judgment calls around their early 20s. Looking back on my life, I can certainly see that this may indeed be the case – as I made a fair number of bad judgment calls in my early 20s.

Back to my point, seventeen-year-old kids should NOT be playing this game, because IF they are looney or can't make good judgment calls, WE ALL LOSE. Mom and Dad call to have the game taken off the market. The courts and the people are sympathetic – I mean, he was only 17 years old. The kid couldn’t have possibly been unstable or misguided – no way. It’s ALWAYS the <insert ‘evil influence’ here>’s fault.

And what good does that do anyone? It doesn't do the publisher or the studio any good because they just spent a ton of cash making and putting the game out. I lose, because I like the game and want to play it and the 1st Amendment takes a beating because now it's OK to censor something that might be inappropriate for some part of the population. Let’s be honest, it isn't right for a 5-year-old to see porn, but it doesn't mean that they should suppress that form of media. And the same is true of video games. Just because some people can't distinguish between fantasy or reality, doesn't mean they should take it off the market.

Video games are the flavor of the month - expect it to be something else in the future. And we'll have the same arguments and fight the same battles when it was Dungeons and Dragons and heavy metal music- a few misguided crackheads ruined it for us all.

"It's not the years, it's the mileage" ~Indiana Jones
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This comment was edited on Aug 17, 10:31.
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