Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video Game Ban

July 19, 2011 -

An open letter by Mrs. O. Babiuk of New Westminster, British Columbia - written on behalf of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International - urges (with dramatic flair) Premier Christy Clark to "keep sexually explicit video games away from kids." The letter appeared this week in the Royal City Record newspaper. The group she represents is a professional honorary Society devoted to women educators in British Columbia. In her letter Babiuk asks Clark to take steps to limit the availability of violent and sexually explicit video games as part of the premier's "caring for children and families initiatives."

"As summer vacation has started, children are particularly at risk for increased exposure to the violence celebrated in many of the video games which are commonly available for sale in local stores, and at video arcades. Significant research has been conducted to determine the effects of violence in video games and many of the results indicate short-term and even long-term behavioral and attitudinal changes in those who play these games."

Babiuk goes on to compare video games with second-hand smoke, and ask that the premier work on banning video games to keep them out of the reach of children.

At no point during her opinion piece does she mention "parents" as part of this special formula that includes teachers and government intervention. Maybe it's just me, but I think parents in British Columbia are quite capable of making decisions for their children and don't need the government holding their hands.

You can read the whole thing here.


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Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

"Ohs noez!  We must savez teh children!  Ban video games!  Tehy be evil!"

Don't these people think that it should be the parents' right to raise their children and not the government?

I'm getting pretty sick of uneducated and ignorant groups like this (and yes, a Collegiate Sorority like this is uneducated and ignorant in the avenues of discussion that they are attempting to insert themselves into) attempting to make the government take on the responsibilities of parents.  The government is already too established within our lives as it is - leave them out of parenting.  (This goes for all governments - not just my own.)


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Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

no they dont they feal the gov can do things better then parints cuze "the man" knows mor and cairs mor" or sum rubbish

am dyslexic and have a learning disablement from when i died as a baby and sustained brain damage do to lack of oxygen pleas pardon my bad spelling and grammar

 

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Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

That letter is so very vague, it looks very much like it was computer generated!  It certainly doesn't represent the intelligence of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and I'm very disappointed in the lack of substance.  Please name said "sexually explicit" video game--they are not sold at retail locations.  Such content is implicitly covered by existing obscenity laws, and in Maryland (south o' the border), they amended the obsenity law to include sexually explicit content in games and software.

Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

I am distraught that my game company's initials are the same as this authoritarian group's. This troubles me. I do not want my good company's name soiled like that.

E. Zachary Knight
Divine Knight Gaming

Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

Sue them for defamation. Beat them at their own game. XD

 

 

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Looks like it's time to sharpen your Search Engine Optimization tools, Zachary. 

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Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

Is there some kind of template document for these types of things?  It seems that the same (discredited) points, arguments, and analogies get trotted out in just about every article like this.  

Bla bla STUDIES SHOW bla bla JUST LIKE CIGARETTES bla bla PROTECT THE CHILDREN bla bla GOVERNMENT ACTION bla bla.  

Re: Delta Kappa Gamma Society Leader Encourages B.C. Video ...

I mentioned this in the shoutbox, but I'm more distressed that people think obscenity statutes for cigarettes or alcohol give them carte blanche to regulate whatever they don't like.

 
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