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NJ Gov. Christie doesn't allow Call of Duty in his home, says we need to talk about game violence

"We've got to talk about violence in these video games. I have four kids at home; I don't allow Call of Duty or these other [violent] games in. We have to start talking about that as parents." - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Christie has two kids that are old enough to play Call of Duty, as far as age ratings are concerned. He also has two kids that aren't old enough yet. I can understand using ratings to keep Call of Duty or other Mature games out of their hands.

As far as parents talking about video game violence goes, I do indeed think that households need to better regulate what kind of content is coming in. That goes for all media, not just games.

Unfortunately, it seems that Gov. Christie is putting partial blame for gun violence on video games. Maybe his heart is in the right place, but it's clear he doesn't know much about the topic he's looking to discuss.

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09 Jan 2013 16:24

What the Gov. Needs to look at and question is why the average smuck can get their hands on military grade weapons and stop worrying about what games kids are playing. They have done countless studies about video games and violence and not one study has suggested that games lead to violent behavior. The government needs to grow a pair and face the gun nuts and lobbyists (but at this stage of the game is like closing the barn door after the horse is way out in the distance). Face it America, you will never solve this problem.
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09 Jan 2013 16:31

So... following the same logic… if I commit suicide (Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet) if I commit murder (King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus) if I commit rape (Titus Andronicus, Cymbeline, Measure for Measure, Pericles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Can I blame Shakespeare? What about my Literature class? What about the Bible? “God orders Abraham to kill Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham shows his love for God by his willingness to murder his son. But finally, just before Isaac's throat is slit, God provides a goat to kill instead. 22:2-13”.
Note: In any shape of form is my intention to criticize or make fun of anyone’s faith. I’m just trying to make the point that violence is depicted in all types of art, culture and religion since the beginning of times; The fact that you read about violence or you play a violent or cruel video game doesn’t make you more willing of becoming a criminal or committing a crime. Also I'm an International student from Spain studying in the USA... Spain has the same violent games and way less gun violence... are Spaniards from some strange reason immune to the evil effects of violent games? give me a break!
Stop blaming inanimate objects for people’s stupidity. (Sorry if there are some grammatical errors, English is not my first language).
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09 Jan 2013 16:53

Why are we starting a political debate on a video game website? Oh wait, dat gamer persecution complex. No,the media doesn't cause violence, but it has an influence on our minds whether you want to admit it or not.

Demyx wrote:Stop blaming inanimate objects for people’s stupidity. (Sorry if there are some grammatical errors, English is not my first language).

What about guns?
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09 Jan 2013 16:53

you know why they blame video games!?

easy way out plain and simple.nobody wants to take a good look at ourselves and say we are bad parents,or bad friends,bad teachers,or just bad influences on children as adult example's.


we always look for the goat.its the music,TV,movies,video games,but never us the individual who missed or ignored signs of a sick person who needed help.

before we blame anyone or anything else we should always look at ourselves first.and maybe see we should step up and try to help a small problem before it turns to a terrible disaster.

and learn from this instead of blaming something like video game.cause you take them away and it still will happen.

so its time to stop taking the easy way out at look for the truth and not be afraid to find it no matter how hard ,or how baf it hurts to hear,or takes a long time.it time to do it right.
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09 Jan 2013 17:05

If you look at the full discussion in the article, it appears to be a personal statement not a political one, per se.

Personally, I would not be surprised if media ratings in general were tightened a bit with respect to violence. This includes not only games but movies and TV.

Mike from Morgantown
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09 Jan 2013 17:07

My forecast predicts an imminent storm of anger and blame in this comment section. I'll side-step everyone yelling about guns and say that while I used to like him, this is perhaps the third or fourth time I've seen Gov. Christie display his ignorance on the issues, and just saying what likely voters want to hear.
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09 Jan 2013 17:09

toadster101 wrote:
What about guns?


Not getting into this debate, but guns don't kill people. People with guns kill people. You leave a gun on a table with no one around, it's not jumping up to kill someone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_lSu16Wn7g
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09 Jan 2013 17:10

How old are they ... I don't let My Kids play CoD either... course they are 1, 5 and 10 ... ... when they are 15 or 16 maybe I'd consider it... but that campaign man... Vulgar and awful... maybe the multiplayer i'd let them play
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09 Jan 2013 17:11

Spanky wrote:
toadster101 wrote:
What about guns?


Not getting into this debate, but guns don't kill people. People with guns kill people. You leave a gun on a table with no one around, it's not jumping up to kill someone.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_lSu16Wn7g[/youtube]




where did the people get the idea is the whole question... ...
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09 Jan 2013 17:13

Mike_Intellivision wrote:If you look at the full discussion in the article, it appears to be a personal statement not a political one, per se.

Personally, I would not be surprised if media ratings in general were tightened a bit with respect to violence. This includes not only games but movies and TV.

Mike from Morgantown


"We've got to start talking about violence in video games" is not him inviting all NJ parents to tea and crumpets. While only a tiny percentage of my games are violent, and I do wish that people would stop thinking that violent is cool for the sake of violence, this is a non-issue. How many adults also went out this past weekend to watch Texas Chainsaw 3D? A lot, considering it the was the highest grossing, unseating An Unexpected Journey. When it comes to kids, parents need to be aware of what they are purchasing their children, or giving them money to purchase.
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09 Jan 2013 17:15

With all due respect, the governor is half right. Parents need to take to a greater sense of responsibility towards what they give their kids. Most parents I've served while working at GameStop either wanted to just get their kids to shut up or were fine with the violence because the dad is already a loudmouth a*****e who curses around his kids.

Having said that, I wouldn't go so far as to blame video game violence on shootings.
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09 Jan 2013 17:33

What I don't understand is why video games are constantly being singled out.
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09 Jan 2013 17:56

As a super left leaning liberal I must say I like what Gov. Christie is saying here. If society wants to blame video games then society must understand that the purchase of violent video games really comes down to the household that allows it. Parents can't be lazy and just buy a "M rated" game without doing their homework, if they believe these games are oh so violent, don't be surprised when you feed your kids that.

Now I personally don't believe that video games are at all to blame, but for those that do, don't buy them. It just reminds me of friends who had parents who punished their kids for smoking when the parents themselves would smoke at home right in front of their kids. What good does a ban do if you are the ones creating the market for it.
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09 Jan 2013 18:03

ChrisCanberg wrote:With all due respect, the governor is half right. Parents need to take to a greater sense of responsibility towards what they give their kids. Most parents I've served while working at GameStop either wanted to just get their kids to shut up or were fine with the violence because the dad is already a loudmouth a*****e who curses around his kids.

Having said that, I wouldn't go so far as to blame video game violence on shootings.


I agree with this.

It's not a conversation about violence in games or even gun violence as well but parenting and taking responsibility to properly raise your kids.

It has an a big bold M on the box for a reason and obviously all the kids aren't going out and buying these games themselves and if they are they shouldn't be able too.

If you don't have a problem with your kid playing violent games then fine just don't later decry all the violence in games and media. Pay attention to what your kid is playing and just simply say no if they beg you to buy a violent game for them.
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09 Jan 2013 18:32

@kdognumba1
It's like when people thought rock and heavy metal music was the work of the devil. Meh. It's still a "new" thing :/
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09 Jan 2013 19:35

she needs to start educating her kids thats what she needs to do, also read the ESRB rating for the game, its for mature people so its ok :)
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10 Jan 2013 00:11

All I can say is that if people aren't influenced by media, then why are untold billions of dollars spent on advertising each year?

I don't want to blame violent entertainment but back when Lassie was on tv and you could literally order a gun through the mail with no ID, these shootings weren't happening. We have a societal problem, which leads to a gun problem. We live in a country where hard work/success is laughed at and punished, personal responsibility is for suckers, many kids are raised in utterly dysfunctional homes, there is literal brainless knuckledragging garbage infesting every facet of the media, parents and kids are probably on some type of prescription dope, and 'everybody is a winner' who has never faced any conflict or discipline in life so they freak out when things don't go their way. And we wonder why these things happen.

It's pretty telling that despite spending more $$$ and the liberalization of the culture, things are the worst they've ever been. Obviously the move towards the touchy-feely socialized left isn't working.
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10 Jan 2013 04:53

^^^^ i completely agree.
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10 Jan 2013 05:03

There logic is the fact the media is interactive,means you have a better chance to forget what you see isn't reality.

Idk for sure if that's wrong or right,but people have murdered based on movies and books before so the fact is even if you make every game like nintendogs murder will not disappear,it won't even slow down.

Hell i'd wager this kinda of idea would cause number of murders to increase,because many gamers use games as a safe outlet for there anger.

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