Massachusetts government removing violent video games
Light gun games are removed from state-operated rest stops and the state wants to begin a drive to trade violent video games, movies toys for coupons.
Here's another two-part story for you guys, only this time it's a bit closer to home. (Sorry, nothing silly has come from China lately.)
The state of Massachusetts is cracking down on violent video games in two ways (so far): by pulling light gun arcade machines from rest stops and by encouraging parents and children to trade their violent video games for coupons.
The state's Department of Transportation is removing light gun shooters from the arcades in rest stops along the Massachusetts turnpike. This was spurred by some parents complaining that the games were inappropriate for their 12-year-old.
Adam and Tracy Hyams, the parents, heard gunfire coming from the arcade of a rest stop and wrote in a complaint. Rest stop arcades aren't exactly super profitable, and keeping the game would have been a pretty dumb political move, so the state removed it and other light gun games from their rest stops.
Richard Davey, the state Secretary of Transportation, said
Given how close together the New England states are, especially compared to Newtown, Connecticut, this move doesn't seem too extreme. Arcades are still in decline in America, too, so there really isn't an argument to keep them for profit. On the other hand...
Melrose, Massachusetts resident Robert Dolan will begin an initiative to trade violent video games, movies and toys in for coupons.
Dolan felt compelled to begin this initiative, called "New Year - New Direction," after the Newtown shooting. He acknowledges that children will lose things they like, but he hopes to reward them with something of value. The coupons will range from deals for local businesses to "get out of homework free" cards. Dolan wants to begin collecting violent media by February 1.
Personally, I can see where the state is coming from but parents should be more aware of what they allow their children to watch and play. At the very least this should raise awareness for parents that some games are not designed for small children (you'd think titles like Grand Theft Auto would give that away...), but at worst it could lead to state-mandated bans.
Rather than jump into hypothetical situations, what do you g1s think about these actions? Is has the Massachusetts government acted reasonably? Are coupon drives enough to deter parents from buying their children violent games? Let us know in the comments!