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  •  One Of My Favorite Games Is Black (1+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita

    a PS2 game. Where the sole goal is to just go kill folks. Game play.

    But is is a darn game. I don't play it and think well tomorrow I will go kill people.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:24:01 PM PST

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    •  Well, of course not. (1+ / 0-)
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      skohayes

      I don't think I would enjoy a game whose sole purpose is killing, although I certainly understand the rush one gets from battling through and winning.

      (Then I go off and pick some flowers to make more potions...heh.  In The Elder Scrolls games, alchemy is an excellent skill to develop, even if you're mostly a fighter, not a magic user.)

      Nevertheless, I don't believe games and movies cause people to become berserk mass murderers.  Comics, either, despite what was said in the 1940s & 50s.

      Our politicians want a convenient "evil" to blame, against all evidence.

      Have you seen the diary by the person in Japan?  They play the same games, watch the same movies, and have almost zero gun violence -- mainly b/c few people have guns.

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:13:33 AM PST

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    •  Oh -- one more thing (4+ / 0-)
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      skohayes, JayRaye, Ohkwai, janmtairy

      This is tangentially related: NY used to ban pinball machines b/c it was officially considered "gambling" and of course gambling was illegal until the state instituted Lotto.

      Then somebody took it to court.  And a pinball wizard went into that court, announced his shots, made his announced shots, and generally proved to the judge that it's more a game of skill than of pure luck.

      And that is why pinball is legal in NY today.  (I read it in the NYT so it must be true! ;-)

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:22:36 AM PST

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