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Florida Beatings and Video Games

Filed under: Video Game Politics
Posted by Jeremy on January 18, 2006 11:21 AM
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If you've watched any cable news over the past few days you're sure to have come across the horrible beatings of homeless people in Florida. It didn't take long for the beatings to be linked to video games. GamePolitics today has a good post regarding the assertions that the beatings were inspired by video games, as Jack Thompson and the Center for Media and Child Heath at Children's Hospital Boston have suggested. The GamePolitic's post has a nice twist, detailing news reports from yore of similar beatings. The conclusion, of course, is that man has been beating man for millenia with clubs and bats; video games or not. That doesn't excuse this behavior, by any means, but to blame it on video games is an easy out, allowing the real problems to be brushed aside; problems like poverty, lack of medical insurance, under-funded schools, and parents who have to work three jobs just to get by.

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