The Moralistic Agenda of certain parenting groups exposed…

Posted: July 9, 2011 in Moral Panics, Video Game Violence, Video Games
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Plants vs Zombies, almost dead

Image by Allen Garvin via Flickr

While going on the internet, looking for info on anything anti-gaming,wise, I came across this forum post which is very interesting, considering how in the latest radio show, I touched upon the possibility that the EMA vs Brown decision, had it been upheld, would have led to the “chilling effect” of certain games too violent for the censors to be fined in one store, causing a chain reaction where all stores take them off the shelf. This story is interesting, especially to see what kind of people are complaining about violent games:

I quote:

“Bear in mind, the threat of this bill IS NOT that M rated games will be banned for minors, but VIOLENT games; where the definition is decided by the government.

Now, in my years I’ve seen all of the “governments is evil!” arguments and nothing has ever really panned out from it. However, because this bill is so poorly worded, it has the ability to be abused like no other. For example;
I let my kids play on my steam account if they ask. I tend to watch them because seeing them play reminds me of when I was their age and it really takes me back. However, I keep the mature games on a different steam account so that they don’t accidentally play something like Amnesia and have to sleep with the lights on for the next month.

However, we had some of the neighbors over and I let my kids and some of the neighbor kids play Plants vs Zombies, which is my youngest boy’s favorite. After about ten minutes of laughter coming from the other room, I led to guests to the computer room to watch the kids play, when all hell broke loose.

The cutesy plants appealed to one mother in particular until she saw the zombies. She was in the middle of voicing her concern about having zombies on the screen when the pea shooters popped his head off. With that, she screamed, slammed the laptop lid down and shoved her startled child into the arms of his father and began screeching about how I could be so stupid as to let such a violent game be played by young kids. My oldest (who is a little over eighteen now) groaned at her reaction and she turned her wrath against him as well. At that point, she was asked to leave and given very obvious hints that she was not to come back until her attitude was adjusted.

What I’m getting at here is that the ban isn’t against M games, it’s against violent games. While objecting to plants vs zombies is completely out of line (they just want a dance party!) the fact that they do want to eat your brains and their heads do pop off when killed could be spun as too violent for kids. Now we are in a situation where a store cannot sell a game from some arbitrary list that could change daily. Who will want to carry video games in general after that?

And another good point someone brought up is Steam. You can’t verify age over the Internet easily and because of parents either giving kids credit cards early, or simply “borrowing” mommy and daddy’s, you have a situation where kids have access to violent games without even going to the store. And make no mistake, Steam WILL be sued numerous times if this law passes because of that, unless they make some serious overhauls to their current system of buying games.

tl;dr (first off, quit being so lazy) but it’s the wording of the bill that is worrisome. I’m all for restricting the sale of M rated games, but not “violent” ones since violence is in the eye of the beholder. Also Steam.”

Ok… Plants vs. Zombies…. It’s a free video game that is anything but uber violent. It has no blood. It’s equivalent to Super Mario brothers, but has decapitations of zombies. Yet parents are lumping any game with violent content up their with GTA. If this parent (who, to me must be right wing conservative to find Plants vs Zombies offensive), complains about a game like that than we have issues here, with certain people being brainwashed to believe that all violence in games is harmful.

Reminds me of the day I played shadow warrior, and a person with kids got all offended by the bad language and the cartoon violence of it. Now shadow warrior is far worse than plants vs zombies.  This post really shows how out of touch violence in  games censorship advocates really are…. They’re thinking that any violence in any game could harm a kid. Even cartoon violence.

Now to show off the game that the zombies and decapitation sent this parent into a frenzy on attacking games…

This is what is offending these right wing parenting groups? It looks like Mario Brothers for gods sake. Doesn’t look violent at all….  The game doesn’t even have any kind of real weapons, killing “zombies” is the violent act of the game, no innocent people are killed, unlike GTA (not like killing zombies make kids want to shoot up a school, but I bet some people would argue it does). It’s plants shooting pees at zombies. PEES! NOT BULLETS! The person quoted above was calling this a violent game like it was GTA or something! Only a complete moron could get offended by the content of a game like this… Do we really have a bunch of censorship advocates who want violent games banned (look at this article), based on cartoon violence in games like this?

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