A New England town group called off its plans to destroy physical copies of computer games. SouthingtonSOS had planned for a public event:
The Town of Southington will have a
dumpster there for the collection of Violent Video Games, CDs and DVDs. As people arrive in
their cars to turn in their games of violence, they will be offered a gift certificate donated by a
member of the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce as a token of appreciation for their
action of responsible citizenship. Violent games turned in will be destroyed and placed in the
town dumpster for appropriate permanent disposal.
They offer one big caveat:
SouthingtonSOS. The group’s action is not intended to be
construed as statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of the shocking
violence in Newtown on December 14th.
Why not do the game-trashing? It might be poor planning: "the original plans to distribute certificates would "create an unnecessary amount of logistical details for us"". But SOS is happy nonetheless:
"Our mission was to create strong awareness in Southington for parents and families and citizens and children," said Fortunato, "and we accomplished that. Our other objective was to promote discussion of violent video games and media with children and with the families at the home. And we've accomplished that in spades."
(Fortunato! I wonder if the fellow was extra-scared by Poe's "Cask of Amontillado.")
No mention of censorship in the group and town's discussion. Nor any notes about witches, lotteries, or Hester Prynne.