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#1 compl3x

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:34


Apparently, violent videogames are more dangerous than guns. That's what 67 percent of Republicans think, anyway. Over two thirds of those surveyed in a recent national poll believe plastic discs are a "bigger safety threat in America" than deadly projectile weapons. Only 14 percent found the opposite to be true, while the remaining 19 percent were unsure.


These are just opinions, of course. If there's anything the climate debate has taught us over the past decade it's that science doesn't have much of a place in modern American politics. Despite the complete lack of empirical evidence to support theories alleging videogames cause violent behavior, politicians and pundits in the media continue to drum up fear and paranoia in the public and vilify things they obviously don't understand.


National Survey Results [Public Policy Polling]


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:46

Seems irrational.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:47

So the people in this country are stupid? Yea, I'm pretty sure that's well known.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:48

well, well, guess everyone needs a scapegoat to blame

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:59

I love the part where 19% are unsure. Really? You're not sure whether the thing that has zero evidence connecting it to real world harm and the thing that has killed 100s of millions of people, perhaps billions, since its creation is more dangerous?

Fascinating.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:06

So having some pretend guns is worse than having some real ones. Genius

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:09

So having some pretend guns is worse than having some real ones. Genius


It reminds me of when they were talking about banning toy guns in the U.S.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:13

I can see where Violent Video Games can be the problem
What if someone Threw a PS3/Xbox controller at you.. (or Strangled you with the Controller Cable :p)

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:17

I can see where Violent Video Games can be the problem
What if someone Threw a PS3/Xbox controller at you.. (or Strangled you with the Controller Cable :p)


The only way games cause violence is when you have poor level design/unbalanced AI which makes you rage-quit :p

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:17

I got hit with a Wii controller once.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:23

yeah and super mario made me do shrooms farken hell :/

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:43

yeah and super mario made me do shrooms farken hell :/


Now that made me laugh out loud! Good one.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:10

It still baffles me as to how people can think that video games are the driving force behind violent crimes. The percentage of people who play said games versus the percentage of those people who commit crimes, let alone violent crimes, is so miniscule it borders on retarded.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:31

It still baffles me as to how people can think that video games are the driving force behind violent crimes. The percentage of people who play said games versus the percentage of those people who commit crimes, let alone violent crimes, is so miniscule it borders on retarded.


Only borders on? You're being too kind.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:32

It still baffles me as to how people can think that video games are the driving force behind violent crimes. The percentage of people who play said games versus the percentage of those people who commit crimes, let alone violent crimes, is so miniscule it borders on retarded.


I think one problem is the ubiquity of video games. It is likely someone who does commit a horrifically violent probably played video games, but only because a hell of a lot of people play them. They probably also ate hamburgers, had sex, masturbated, watched reality T.V., watched violent movies at the cinemas etc.



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