Connecticut town seeking to collect and destroy violent video games

Everyone who has access to media knows about the recent massacre in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead on December 14. Now community leaders in the nearby town of Southington are planning to collect and destroy violent video games, as well as CDs and DVDs.

Reports say volunteers will assemble at the Southington Drive-In on January 12 to accept any video games parents or children wish to part with. The games will be destroyed but each family will be able to receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant, the Lake Compounce amusement park, or a bowling alley.

Southington board president stated, "We want to stop the violence in our community. Those games can cost $60 or $70. So we want to give families a certificate to do something fun and family-oriented, something where they can spend a couple of hours together instead."

Susan Saucier, director of community services, also stated, "We're not saying the use of video games causes people to become murderers, but there's evidence that it causes increases in aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and desensitization about actions of violence."

I think this is a pretty cool approach to cleanse the mind of younger gamers!


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