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Violent Game Devs are Virtual Child Molesters, Says Politician

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Ralph Nader is calling video game developers "virtual child molesters".

As both a parent and a gamer, I can see both sides of the gaming violence controversy. As a parent, there are certain concepts and scenarios I don't want exposed to my children until they're old enough to understand the consequences. As a parent, I'm glad there are labels on the package that help me decide what fits within my parenting ruleset.

But as a gamer, I thoroughly enjoy my shooters, my corridor creeping and rooftop sniping. I understand it's all fiction, it's all not real. Even more, as an artist, I can appreciate the time and effort it takes to craft a perfect environment and story so that my reality can be suspended for a short period. The difference between violence in movies, TV shows and books when compared to games is that the latter is more interactive, putting the user more in the role seemingly in real-time.

However politicians coming out of the woodwork and calling these developers – these artists – virtual child molesters is going a bit too far. Ralph Nader is the latest to start the name calling, saying that the nation is in the peak of violence in entertainment. He even claims that Obama's gun control plan doesn't do enough to punish violent video game creators.

"Television program violence? Unbelievable. Video game violence? Unprecedented,” Nader said. "I’m not saying he wants to censor this, I think he should sensitize people that they should protect their children, family by family, from these kinds of electronic child molesters."

In the days following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.,  President Obama promised that he would direct the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence. He also said that Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on "young minds".

But the proposals he finally submitted had what critics called a very large hole: a lack of focus on the entertainment industry. That's likely because Hollywood is one of the biggest lobbies in Washington, suggested Dan Isett, director of public policy at the Parents Television Council, a non-profit organization. He said Hollywood outspends the National Rifle Association by a factor of twenty to one, in terms of maintaining the status quo in Washington.

Meanwhile, there are two proposed bills that are looking to impose restrictions on the sale of video games. One introduced in Missouri wants to amend the current tax law with an emergency clause that adds a 1-percent tax to violent video games. This money would by applied to a state fund dedicated to treating mental health conditions associated with violent video games.

Also proposed in the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School was a reintroduction of the Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act in Utah. It not only bans the sale of games without an ESRB label on the package, but bans the sale of M-rated and AO-rated games to consumers under the age of 17 and 18 respectively.

In the aftermath of Columbine (1999), Virginia Tech (2007), Oslo, Norway (2011) and last year's Sandy Hook Elementary, the topic of entertainment-based violence, gun control and the world's youth is a highly sensitive one. But slinging names at the "artists" responsible for violent mediums isn't the solution. It's their job to entertain, and it's our job as consumers and parents to be more involved with what children do, and use the tools created to protect them from what is considered inappropriate content.

 

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    cryogenic , January 25, 2013 7:11 AM
    They crossed the line, big time, this time !!!

    Calling game developers child molesters just because they develop games, which is by the way an "art form" is an insult and an offense of an entirely new level.

    The dumb @#!$@#$ politicians should know that those most of those developers are hard working family persons that perform their craft with unmatched dedication. Not something that can be said about those scumbag politicians.

    I fell I'm enraged to the bones by this!!!
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    holdingholder , January 25, 2013 7:13 AM
    The problem with these old-ass politicians and the like is that they assume that all video games are just automatically targeted at children. It's far beyond their narrow scope of thinking to believe that games may actually be tailored to and enjoyed by actual adults.
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    MatildaPersson , January 25, 2013 7:29 AM
    See, I was molested as a child and this, if an accurate quote and representation of the man's words, upsets me. A lot.

    Molestation changes you forever. It steals a part of you that you can never fully regain. You deal with it every day for the rest of your life. It's torture. Using it to describe anything less than the abuse and objectification of a child is a very painful insult.

    I hope this is inaccurate.
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  • 32 Hide
    cryogenic , January 25, 2013 7:11 AM
    They crossed the line, big time, this time !!!

    Calling game developers child molesters just because they develop games, which is by the way an "art form" is an insult and an offense of an entirely new level.

    The dumb @#!$@#$ politicians should know that those most of those developers are hard working family persons that perform their craft with unmatched dedication. Not something that can be said about those scumbag politicians.

    I fell I'm enraged to the bones by this!!!
  • 28 Hide
    holdingholder , January 25, 2013 7:13 AM
    The problem with these old-ass politicians and the like is that they assume that all video games are just automatically targeted at children. It's far beyond their narrow scope of thinking to believe that games may actually be tailored to and enjoyed by actual adults.
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    memadmax , January 25, 2013 7:15 AM
    Libtards........
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    memadmax , January 25, 2013 7:18 AM
    Oh yea, Ralph Nader is a political activist... not a politician...
  • 20 Hide
    anort3 , January 25, 2013 7:18 AM
    These idiots need to keep their hands off my guns and my games. How these "nanny" politicians keep getting elected is beyond me. You can't even buy a 20oz Coke in NYC now. Really America? What next? Laws to regulate how much toilet paper you can use per dump? Keep electing these libtards and pretty soon we will have a national bedtime.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , January 25, 2013 7:26 AM
    Politicians are molesting the public for too long, string up emotion over senseless assumptions with little factual evidence to support the case and ignoring counter evidence.
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    MatildaPersson , January 25, 2013 7:29 AM
    See, I was molested as a child and this, if an accurate quote and representation of the man's words, upsets me. A lot.

    Molestation changes you forever. It steals a part of you that you can never fully regain. You deal with it every day for the rest of your life. It's torture. Using it to describe anything less than the abuse and objectification of a child is a very painful insult.

    I hope this is inaccurate.
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    The_Trutherizer , January 25, 2013 7:40 AM
    I'm sorry... But parents really need to take control of the games their kids play.
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    The_Trutherizer , January 25, 2013 7:41 AM
    memadmaxLibtards........


    Is it a liberal initiative? Isn't this kind of restriction anti-liberal?
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    virtualban , January 25, 2013 8:05 AM
    The_TrutherizerI'm sorry... But parents really need to take control of the games their kids play.

    Exactly. If a child fails, to blame are the parents first.
    Maybe a "certificate to be a parent" could solve this. Make having a child a privilege, not a right. After all, the life of somebody else is at stake. People could be taking a few common sense tests and clearly express the desire to have a child and care and nurture them, protect them from the evils of the world and guide them to the righteous paths.
    And then be allover to Fornicate Under Consent of the Government (FUCG).
    Just an idea, though.
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    heero yuy , January 25, 2013 8:05 AM
    so its the makers of these video games that are at fault when some kids mom or dad buys them an 18 rated video game obviously targeted at adults?
    and here was me thinking it was the idiot parents and lack of regulation on age restricted game sales O.o
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    abbadon_34 , January 25, 2013 8:21 AM
    So much for the Liberal-Socialist "Consumer Advocate" and Green Party Presidential candidate, reminds me of Tipper Gore's "Explicit Content" music crusade in the 80's. The only polititians who truely care about your constitutional rights are Libertarians.
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    Steveymoo , January 25, 2013 8:55 AM
    By that logic, all people involved in the manufacturing of weapons are child murderers, and muggers.
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    blackbeard34 , January 25, 2013 8:58 AM
    These people wont stop....until we have a govt like that one in 'Demolition man' - oh on your way to work....its okay for you to listen to 'show tunes'.....
  • 17 Hide
    cats_Paw , January 25, 2013 8:58 AM
    Politicians are thieves, says any person with IQ over 80
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    cats_Paw , January 25, 2013 9:02 AM
    I remmber once George Carlin saying this perfectly: "now they are thinking of baaning toy guns, and they are going to keep the real ones!!

    Politicians are corrupt, selfish bastards who control or destroy.
    I will never understand why people still listen to those losers. (most of them)
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    FinneousPJ , January 25, 2013 9:47 AM
    What a load of horse doo doo.
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    rantoc , January 25, 2013 10:01 AM
    Politicians are like hens without heads and spine, always looking for a escape goat and don't dare to say they have anything to do with it. The games just happen to be a convenient scapegoat rather than pointing the fingers at themselves for being largely responsible for the real reasons like poor psychiatric care, school climate & underemployment ect...
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    christop , January 25, 2013 10:13 AM
    What a crazy statement. I have been playing games for a long time and I will pick a earthworm up off the drive way and place it in the dirt instead of letting it burn up from the sun. I can't see how comparing a game dev to a child molester is even in the same ball park. Darth Nader is tripping.
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