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Town in Massachusetts Holding Drive to Reward Children for Returning Violent Entertainment

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Melrose, MA is rewarding its citizens for getting rid of violent videogames.

The headline sounds like a familiar story... and it is.

Not too long ago, we reported that a town in Connecticut, not too far from Newtown, was holding a drive to collect and destroy violent videogames. Families that turned in games would receive $25 gift cards as rewards. Soon after, SouthingtonSOS, the committee holding the drive, announced that they were cancelling the program because their goal of bringing the message for parents to open up a dialogue with their children about videogames had been completed… and because logistically, the rewards program would be a nightmare to fulfill.

Now, according to The Boston Globe, Melrose, a town in Massachusetts, may be planning a similar program that Mayor Robert Dolan hopes to have running by Feb. 1. This program, called New Year –New Direction, calls for residents to get rid of violent media in exchange for coupons to local business and "get out of homework free" coupons to motivate kids.

"I'm not saying people shouldn’t have [violent games and toys], but, at least in my house, things have changed since Connecticut," said Dolan.

This isn't the only part of Massachusetts that has acted out against violent media, as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has recently decided to remove all violent videogames from rest stops at the Massachusetts Turnpike.

 

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    Anonymous , January 16, 2013 3:09 PM
    . . . wow. Only mildly less idiotic than the last attempt.
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    officeguy , January 16, 2013 3:32 PM
    It's the bad music, it's the violent video game and it's violent movies. All of that is bad. Really??? Why don't you take a step back and look at the whole picture. What about bad parenting, single parent families, your kids hanging around the wrong people, or just plain mental issue. Does that even enter the minds of people anymore?
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    alvine , January 16, 2013 3:24 PM
    but shooting people in games never gets old
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  • 21 Hide
    Anonymous , January 16, 2013 3:09 PM
    . . . wow. Only mildly less idiotic than the last attempt.
  • 9 Hide
    jaber2 , January 16, 2013 3:10 PM
    Just another excuse to not take responsibility for not paying attention to your kids. why not have the parent turn in all their assault weapons?
  • 11 Hide
    COLGeek , January 16, 2013 3:11 PM
    Who to blame here, parents or games? Which will get the larger "gift" upon turning them in?
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    ajvkorn , January 16, 2013 3:12 PM
    Really, Jaber2? I don't want a ban on weapons or "violent" video games, but they are not even the same. Apples and oranges, my friend. Apples and oranges.
  • 12 Hide
    alvine , January 16, 2013 3:24 PM
    but shooting people in games never gets old
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    officeguy , January 16, 2013 3:32 PM
    It's the bad music, it's the violent video game and it's violent movies. All of that is bad. Really??? Why don't you take a step back and look at the whole picture. What about bad parenting, single parent families, your kids hanging around the wrong people, or just plain mental issue. Does that even enter the minds of people anymore?
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    dameon51 , January 16, 2013 3:32 PM
    I don't think this is a bad thing. I play violent games, they are fun. But as a society we seem to be saturating ourselves with violent entertainment. We can't grow as individuals or as a society if we keep using violence as a crutch for entertainment. Anything in moderation, but maybe we've taken things too far. The good thing about a drive like this is its voluntary. Nothing's being forced on anyone, but it does help people open their eyes a bit, including myself.
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    Anonymous , January 16, 2013 3:51 PM
    We are primal creatures who no longer have the need the be hunters and gatherers anymore. Those things are merely for fun now. So the majority of society has this instinct that sits inside them that has to be used. Video games is an outlet for that. You take that away the primal instinct is just going to build up to a mass explosion of dead people.
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    susyque747 , January 16, 2013 3:55 PM
    Foaming at the mouth Liberals are so funny with their touchy feely crap that does nothing but make them feel better for being the socialists/fascists they they are.
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    internetlad , January 16, 2013 4:00 PM
    haha this reminds me of the youtube video "Counter Strike for Kids" where they reskin it so you plant a birthday cake for the counter terrorists to enjoy, then have a "waterfight" with everybody dressed as clowns.

    I do agree that 8 year olds probably shouldn't be playing shoot em' ups, but then again there's a lot of stuff that 8 year olds shouldn't be doing/know about that they do.
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    Anonymous , January 16, 2013 4:03 PM
    Yeah those damned video games, Charles Whitman must have been imitating something he saw while playing...oh wait.
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    Daedalus12 , January 16, 2013 4:12 PM
    It's almost hard to comprehend the stupidity that would lead someone to actually think video games or guns are the problem. I guess it's way easier to blame "things" than to actually reflect and admit fault in ones beliefs and policies. On top of that the "do something at any cost" mentality almost always makes the situation worse. But hey, at least they're "doing something..." sigh.
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    realibrad , January 16, 2013 4:17 PM
    In just about every metric, society is becoming more non-violent. You hear people talk all the time about how bad society is getting. If you look at crime per capita, we are better than we have ever been. The issue is that people look at the total number of crimes and say, wow crime is terrible.

    People are driven to do violent things, and yet most people dont. A few bad people do some bad things, and we say we need to do everything we can to stop all crime and violence. The culture is improving, so calm down.
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    bak0n , January 16, 2013 4:44 PM
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_the_United_States
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_crime_in_the_United_States#Current_crime_rate_statistics



    You want to fix crime. Fix "urban culture" instead of promoting it. The closest I came to killing someone was as a teenager when I thought "gangsta" life was cool.
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    -Jackson , January 16, 2013 4:51 PM
    Gee, one would think they would've gotten to the movie industry about this first..
    But of course, they don't, for very obvious reasons; one of which that starts with "corruption". ;) 
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    applegetsmelaid , January 16, 2013 5:26 PM
    No one knows the cause of violent tendencies - there's no predicting CRAZY. I have played violent video games my entire life and I'm the biggest pansy on the planet - explain that!
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    The_Trutherizer , January 16, 2013 5:30 PM
    lol $25. That was stupid. Like... Most videogames are violent and cost less than that. I'd go buy a copy and give it in for a profit.
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    gm0n3y , January 16, 2013 5:55 PM
    I'll be happy when they move on to the next scapegoat. What's next anyway? Texting?
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    gromann , January 16, 2013 5:59 PM
    Damn this would have been a good way for me to "trade in" my used steam key boxes. Oh well.
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    Anonymous , January 16, 2013 6:29 PM
    I hope they do that here, I have a few really old games I'd gladly trade in for less homework.
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