Op Ed

The Atlantic - How the Video-Game Industry Already Lost Out in the Gun-Control Debate.
As it happens, that's just what happened to games (and popular media more generally) in the NRA's good guy with a gun response to the Newtown shooting. Guns aren't a factor in gun violence for the NRA—rather, games, media, and law enforcement failures must take the blame. Once the terms of the debate are set like this (and set they very much were thanks to the over-the-top bravado in this press conference) then it's very hard to extract oneself from the debate without shifting the frame, without changing the terms of the debate.

I certainly believe that the White House would like nothing more than to see an end to mass gun murders in America's elementary schools. But the fact remains that gun violence takes place every day, all across this country, at a rate of dozens of deaths a day, and as the leading cause of death among African-American youth. But when the vice president establishes a task force on gun control and violence that includes the media industries that the NRA has once again chosen as their patsies after a particularly heinous and public example of gun violence, all it can do is shift attention away from guns.

IGN - Let's Talk About Violent Video Games.
Distinctions between games for adults and those for kids are fairly clear these days, thanks to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). Formed in 1994, the ESRB rates all video games as a guide for parents similar to the way movies are rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Games are rated ranging from E for Everyone and T for Teen to M for Mature, 17+.

There is a fundamental misunderstanding that games are only for children. This needs to change for the 'violence in games' dialogue to advance.

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Creston wrote on Jan 11, 2013, 14:51:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 11, 2013, 14:33:
For all our military might, we have been unable to win the war on drugs, the war on terrorism,

I'll agree with the War on Drugs, but the War on Terrorism? Last I checked, the US has not had an attack against the "homeland" since the formation of the Department of Homeland Security. (and the start of the rather poorly named "war on terror.")

I'd call that a pretty reasonable success.

Creston

You agree with the War on Drugs? Why? It's a farce. It's an extension of the Prison-Industrial Complex. So long as anyone isn't harming anyone with what they put in their body it's no one's goddamn business. You can't say booze and legal drugs are ok, but not pot, etc. Like everything else in this world most people can handle their shit. If we made everything illegal because of a handful of assholes who can't than nothing would be legal.

And Homeland Security? Are you fucking kidding me? A handful of religious sheepherders drive 2 planes into buildings and that justifies a trillion dollar intelligence apparatus in which you're stripped of your liberties in the name of safety? What about Timothy Veigh and his inbred hillbilly right-wing fanatics? When has America ever been attacked by a foreign power? Japan in WWII and ever that's stretching it seeing as it was Hawaii - a land you took over and colonized by force. A handful of nuts have attempted to attack America and not one single foreign power - while the reverse is shocking in it's scope and depth and you say the DHS is a success? Shit man, I have some magic rocks that when I bang them together keeps tigers away. You don't see any tigers do you?

Creston, you're much smarter than that.
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