Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes Violent Game Drive

December 17, 2009 -

Ah, the Caribbean… home to tropical drinks, sandy beaches, offshore bank accounts and now, a violent videogame roundup.

As part of a holiday push to get its students to avoid violent videogames, the Cayman Island’s John Cumber Primary School is organizing just such an event, in which violent toys and games will be collected and destroyed, this according to a story in the Island’s newspaper.

The school’s campaign against violent games also spawned a list—emailed to pupil’s parents—of games to avoid for the holidays. The list included Resident Evil 4, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, God of War, NARC, Killer 7, The Warriors, 50 Cent: Bulletproof, Crime Life: Gang Wars, Condemned: Criminal Origins, and True Crime: New York City.

School Principal Joseph Wallace stated, “Research has showed…that over time, when these kids play the video games constantly…it desensitises them to the act of violence.”

He added, “But there’s no off button in real life; there’s no restart.”

Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush is also on board with the movement, pleading with parents to keep their children away from “the video boxes.”

A local Blockbuster Video store co-owner, Deborah McTaggert, expressed doubts that many games would be culled from the roundup, telling the paper, “I think you’d have to pry them out of the kids’ hands.”

She also commented on blaming games for real-world violence, saying:

If you have no relationship with your kids and they’re locked up in a room with violent video games, I guess you’re probably going to have some problems.

 

Do I think we can attribute this to video games? I mean, I don’t think the really violent games are good, and there are titles that I don’t sell (at Blockbuster). I personally don’t like horror movies…but if I don’t bring them in, will it stop the violence?

Perhaps the Cayman Island school drew inspiration from a similar drive put on in Germany this past October. Germany’s “Killer Game Drive” resulted in a small handful of games being turned in.


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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

As part of a holiday push to get its students to avoid violent videogames, the Cayman Island’s John Cumber Primary School is organizing just such an event, in which violent toys and games will be collected and destroyed, this according to a story in the Island’s newspaper.
 

What are the kids supposed to play?

If you have no relationship with your kids and they’re locked up in a room with violent video games, I guess you’re probably going to have some problems.

This Deborah has no clue about video games. I played in my room on my consoles that were violent video games & Im harmless. Literally. Either she doesn't have kids or is over-protective of them, sheltering them.

Do people (that aren't gamers) not like where video games are going or what? B/c the games will only get better.

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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

This damn principal needs an off button, although I can't wait to see how this drive turns out. ;)

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

It shows just how much misinformation is being spread by the incompetant, and even fraudulent biased "studies" that have been performed using specific exposures, such as video games and movies.

I've constantly referred to the "Complexity of the individual".  I've also been told that it is typical of the researchers to ignore the individual and their complexity when performing such "research" in their "studies".

However, much of the results they receive can actually be shown in a much broader sense, giving a more intelligent reason for the responses to the specific exposures they use.  Since they use only specific exposures, they cannot compare and contrast exposure to other things, thereby showing that the foundation for the responses are what they are exposed to, but the condition that already exists.

General research into "Conduct Disorder", which is a broad classification, would show that many individuals, including both children and adults, would react in similar fashion to similar exposures (violent video games, violent sports, violent movies, heated debates, etc), but the "studies" being performed don't actually use such comparison and contrast.

Starting point for Conduct Disorder (follow up your research at your leisure):

http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/conduct_disorder

Another interesting study was MRI research into bullies.  Certain "individuals" referred to MRIs performed on video gamers and claimed that video games caused "desensitization".  It would be interesting to compare those supposed MRI scans to the ones performed in the study mentioned below to see a comparison as to whether it is a condition which is the foundation for both, as opposed to exposure being the cause of the desensitization.

http://www.ethicsoup.com/2008/11/bullies-may-be-wired-in-brain-to-enjoy-others-pain.html#more

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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Damn Nightwng, sometimes you just make me feel stupid.  Not cause I don't understand what you're getting at, it's just the fact that you seem to know so much about these types of things while I have no clue.

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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

“But there’s no off button in real life; there’s no restart.”

Good god, man!  This changes everything!  Why hasn't anyone said this before?!

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Parents everywhere are nodding and wishing there WAS an off button, especially on their child.  :)

And a quote from Star Trek The Next Generation:

  • Data: If you had an off switch, Doctor, would you not keep it a secret?
    Beverly: I guess I would.

 

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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

EPIC FAIL!!!!!!

The games on the list are so damn old XD...

Old people and their video games should just shut up.

 

Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

“Research has showed…that over time, when these kids play the video games constantly…it desensitises them to the act of violence.”

I sincerely hope he has referenced this research somewhere for everyone to read.

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

what research is he talking about? there isnt any!!

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

 There's no off button? I can't reset?

 

Oh fuck oh fuck oh shit oh fuck

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

No, but there is a change button...... :)

 

 

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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Well, I suppose that depends on if you believe in resurrection.

-- Sometimes the truth is arrived at by adding all the little lies together and deducting them from the totality of what is known

-- Sometimes the truth is arrived at by adding all the little lies together and deducting them from the totality of what is known

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Outdated game list aside, the people doing this, around the holidays no less, are completely fucking messed up. I'm pretty sure the needy kids who would love to play with some of those "violent toys" (Nerf guns are hardly violent) WILL NOT be thanking them.

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

you know, i wouldn't be half as upset about this if they actually researched CURRENT violent video games.

I mean, blaming games is ignorant enough, but to show so little actual care that you just copy/paste a list from like 2004 is the ultimate in laziness. How the hell do these people get in to respected positions with this kind of work ethic?

Then again as politicians have proven, just getting on the "save the children" bandwagon is enough, regardless of what it's about.

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Think we could get them to only burn the 50 Cent game?

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

I'd rather burn 50 Cent.

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-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

WIN!

岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

You win one internet point!

"God, is that you?"

"No! It's a me, Mario!"

"God, is that you?" "No! It's a me, Mario!"

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Wow its the same list of outdated games that were used in other stories because they just found it online. This list was made by a US politician and then we saw it again in Thiland after the cab killing and now we are seeing it again.

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

In this link you can find principal Wallace´s public e-mail so you can send your comments directly to him. Do it for great justice.

 

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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

I appreciate what you're trying to do, but I don't think posting his public email is quite the right way to go around effecting change.

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

It´s not his personal e-mail he would use for contact family members or friends. Is a public e-mail from his office you can locate by a simple web search. If anybody has an important question or comment they can contact him by the same way he already made public.

tl,dr: I´m not droping his dox

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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Bombardment of immature spam that will make the rest of look bad in 3...2...

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

It would be fun to spam him with no end, but I mean it, we should fill his inbox with legit protests and to point out who is being immature here (a burning + an ignorant stand + absolutely no research = epic fail).

I will do it in the next few hours. This is just too stupid for let it pass.

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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Love the image. That book was excellent and I recommend it to everyone here.

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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

The list included Resident Evil 4, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, God of War, NARC, Killer 7, The Warriors, 50 Cent: Bulletproof, Crime Life: Gang Wars, Condemned: Criminal Origins, and True Crime: New York City.

 

Old games are old. No one will buy them because everybody has already played it!

 

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Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Bwahahahahahaha!!! Like this will be a success :p

"God, is that you?"

"No! It's a me, Mario!"

"God, is that you?" "No! It's a me, Mario!"

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Small handful of game? That's an exagerration and you, me and everyone else here knows it GP.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

not if they mean a 'small hand' full. the 1 game they got would fill a small hand.

Re: Island Decries “Video Boxes,” School Organizes ...

Nah, there was more than one, I think there were 3 (or was it 4) that could be seen in the picture that was posted.

 
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