Connecticut Town Cancels Plan to Destroy Violent Video Games

Southington, Connecticut’s “Violent Video Games Return Program” has been called off. The program, which would have seen the collection and destruction of violent games and other media in exchange for $25 gift vouchers for non-violent entertainment, came under fire by a number of outlets, including one of the leading world experts on the impact of violent media on children.

The reasons for the cancellation of the program are cited by spokesmen as being a logistical burden, and because the ultimate goal has already been achieved. Spokesman Dick Fortunato said:

“We succeeded in our program. Our mission was to create strong awareness in Southington for parents and families and citizens and children. And we accomplished that. Our other objective was to promote discussion of violent video games and media with children and with the families at the home. And we’ve accomplished that in spades.

“So we deemed it became unnecessary to have the physical return on Saturday of violent games. Also because it would create an unnecessary amount of logistical details for us.”

SouthingtonSOS officials, those behind the program, said the local Chamber of Commerce will still be providing gift certificates to families who had “the violent video games conversation with their children,” with further details promised.

The officials expressed their contentment with the outcome in a prepared statement. They wrote:

“Today, after just one week, we are pleased to announce that awareness has been raised significantly, thanks to the support of the media and widely disseminated e-mail communications within our community through our local SouthingtonSOS member organizations. The result has been a swift, positive and supportive response of parents, young people and the general population of our community.

“Our mission now continues as a work in progress in the hands of a very caring Southington community.”

Did SouthingtonSOS ever plan on actually burning video games, or was this just to get media attention? If they did plan on burning the games, are they backing down now because of external pressures, or because they achieved their goal?

via Polygon

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2 Comments on Connecticut Town Cancels Plan to Destroy Violent Video Games


On January 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

This just leaves me rolling my eyes, which I already do anytime I have to be in Southington. They’re an afterthought in our afterthought of a state. Worst part is, I believe they actually would have destroyed the games. If their mission was to create and spread awareness about violent games to parents & families, why was there a need include the destruction event? The whole “mission complete!” line feels like it’s only there to disguise the backtracking.

Someone made us look dumb, so forget that whole dumpster fire thing we originally planned. Bravo, Southington.


On January 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

Explain how overwhelming public condemnation and making Americans look like reactionary backwards cretins who resort to mob rule at the drop of a hat can be considered a ‘success’. The victims have become nothing more than ammunition to fuel a wider agenda, much like the victims of Jimmy Savile were exploited by the far-right and corporate elite from both sides of the political divide as an excuse to criticise the BBC, NHS, Home Office and the public sector in general while conveniently sweeping the Leveson scandal and other establishment failures under the rug. The American far-right won’t accept that their gun laws and influence of the NRA for financial interests are the main reason these children died, along with a circa-19th century attitude to mental illness, so they instead find an easy target to keep themselves in the dark. It’s happened before, and it will happen again after the next completely preventable massacre. The rest of the country deserves better than this.