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Massachusetts Department of Transportation Pulling Violent Videogames from Rest Stops

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is pulling violent videogames from rest stops in the wake of Sandy Hook.

The reaction against violent videogames has been severe. Recently, a town in Connecticut near Newtown organized a drive to collect and destroy videogames, which it has subsequently cancelled since then on a claim that their goal of educating the community on violent videogames had been achieved.

Now, according to the Boston Globe, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is pulling violent videogames from rest stops on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Transportation Secretary Richard Davey explained that the move made sense in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook, "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.

“A video game in a public space could be used by anybody of any age. At the end of the day, those games are there to entertain kids, probably for a few minutes, while their parents are resting from a long trip."

Among the games removed were Time Crisis and Beach Head 2000. Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, and Cruis'n Exotica remained at the rest stop in Natick.

 

 

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    thecolorblue , January 14, 2013 12:18 PM
    the US is quickly becoming the most oppressive and (with this move) one of the most idiotic of the developed nations
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    godfather666 , January 14, 2013 12:14 PM
    And this will save exactly ZERO lives.
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    bemused_fred , January 14, 2013 12:21 PM
    godfather666And this will save exactly ZERO lives.


    Are you kidding? Do you know how many lives it took me to beat the final boss on Ms. Pacman?
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    bemused_fred , January 14, 2013 12:05 PM
    Among the games removed were Time Crisis and Beach Head 2000. Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, and Cruis'n Exotica remained at the rest stop in Natick.
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    Non-Euclidean , January 14, 2013 12:09 PM
    Thank God! The number of rampages that Pac-Man has inspired is uncountable!
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    Anonymous , January 14, 2013 12:10 PM
    how can a 3 year old use time crysis? then need to be able to look atleast above the weapon holder.
  • 23 Hide
    godfather666 , January 14, 2013 12:14 PM
    And this will save exactly ZERO lives.
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    wcnighthawk , January 14, 2013 12:15 PM
    Doesn't Galaga promote violence against aliens?
  • 24 Hide
    thecolorblue , January 14, 2013 12:18 PM
    the US is quickly becoming the most oppressive and (with this move) one of the most idiotic of the developed nations
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    g00fysmiley , January 14, 2013 12:19 PM
    ms.pac man, cruisin exotica and galaga... seirously the only one on there that could be considered violent imo is time crisis adn even that is pretty cheesy
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    bemused_fred , January 14, 2013 12:21 PM
    godfather666And this will save exactly ZERO lives.


    Are you kidding? Do you know how many lives it took me to beat the final boss on Ms. Pacman?
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    LORD_ORION , January 14, 2013 12:26 PM
    "The reaction against violent videogames has been severe. "

    I'd be more worried about trash articles inciting the Cro-Magnons of society into advocating the removal of liberty and freedom, resulting in a violent revolution to counter this.
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    Cash091 , January 14, 2013 12:32 PM
    Ms Pac-Man, Cruisin Exotica, and Galaga REMAINED at the rest stop! IMHO, because this is a highway rest stop, the ONLY game that should have been removed was Cruisin Exotica!!! How many highway accidents could be prevented?! /sarcasm The more important question is.. How many 13 year olds are driving through a Natick rest stop to play a violent video game their parents won't let them play at home??!!
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    alidan , January 14, 2013 12:32 PM
    i wonder if i can buy their time crisis, want one so bad... love that game.
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    dimar , January 14, 2013 12:34 PM
    One could say that Pacman promotes obesity in USA, probably much more than violent games promote violence, if at all.

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    bemused_fred , January 14, 2013 12:42 PM
    LORD_ORION"The reaction against violent videogames has been severe. "I'd be more worried about trash articles inciting the Cro-Magnons of society into advocating the removal of liberty and freedom, resulting in a violent revolution to counter this.


    I'd frankly be a bit worried if I heard the words "violent revolution".

    LOL J/K, I'M A BOLSHEVIK! LONG LIVE COMRADE LENIN!

    (But seriously. Violence is bad.)
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    dimar , January 14, 2013 12:53 PM
    Funny how people managed to kill each other during Roman wars or religious wars, when there were no video games during those times. Yet still, religion exists, and there are still wars going on. And somehow video games are responsible for killings? Total BS.
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    anastasios912 , January 14, 2013 12:55 PM
    But if you ban Time Crisis, the terrorists (from the fictional country of 'Sercia') win!!

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    virtualban , January 14, 2013 1:25 PM
    Level 4 facepalm, followed by very long sigh where the world is coming to.
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    kingnoobe , January 14, 2013 2:02 PM
    Um they're at a rest stop.. How long can they play the video games without a parent or somebody else to look over them. I don't know about you, sure I may take a piss or what not, but my child would not be running around a rest area unsupervised.

    Again when a government should just tell parents to suck it up and do their damn jobs and be a parent.
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    hydac7 , January 14, 2013 2:02 PM
    Some drunk guy got hit by a train , -- Does mean that we have to ban alcohol ?!??? you tell me
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    kingnoobe , January 14, 2013 2:05 PM
    No hydac don't be silly.. Don't ban the alcohol it did nothing wrong, ban the train for hitting the guy!
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    Anonymous , January 14, 2013 2:13 PM
    How about removing all of the Armed Forces recruitment centers too. Shut them down, because they are a true bastion of violence. Remove ROTC from schools.
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