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?