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  1. Profile photo of Roduku
    Roduku Male 50-59
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    April 27, 2008 at 8:37 am
    Link: Kids Who Don`t Play Video Games Are At Risk - I`m glad to see we`ve got some actual scientists looking at the issue for once.
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    sfeagles Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:38 am
    AMEN TO THAT
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    sfeagles Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:38 am
    video games ftw
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    Naname Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:42 am
    More like "Video Games FGJ!"
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    CheezeMonkey Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:44 am
    finally someone dosent blame video games for violence
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    Eika Female 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:44 am
    Freaking awesome.

    Seriously. It`s about time someone realized none of those idiot reports before made sense! Hopefull, someone`ll listen to them.

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    Gregoryn95 Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:46 am
    Shame on you, Poopa Troopa and BBallKicks.

    Lol Kutner, a House reference much?

    On a more serious topic, I think this report should shut Jack Thompson the drat up. And it`s actually quite obvious why people who don`t play video games become more violent. It is because the only alternative that they waste time on is sports. Sports, where the entire game is competitive. Sports, where you can beat the living crap out of them in some. Sports, where the whole point is to steal from others and violently take the item back.

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    Okasen Female 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:46 am
    Where are these people i have to hug them. GET DOWN ON YO KNEES AND WORSHIP!

    it`s nice to see people who are open minded.

    i`m so shocked and relieved that people can be intelligent and not just blame video games for bad things. i may cry!

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    Okasen Female 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:49 am
    On a more serious topic, I think this report should shut Jack Thompson the drat up. And it`s actually quite obvious why people who don`t play video games become more violent. It is because the only alternative that they waste time on is sports. Sports, where the entire game is competitive. Sports, where you can beat the living crap out of them in some. Sports, where the whole point is to steal from others and violently take the item back.
    ---
    i don`t think it`s sports. in violent video games, you can take your anger out on a bunch of pixels, not a real person. Then when you finish beating the hell out of someone in a game, you`re probably less stressed out, and you`ve probably vented a lot of your anger. like that "punch the pillow when you`re mad" thing, except you feel less like a pansy.
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    leesah Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:50 am
    -on knees worshiping-
    This video needs to get airtime on bigger channels than G4.

    They make a good point with the Wii thing.
    I love playing baseball with my dad. It`s so fun watching him lose miserably. :3

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    Dr4k Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:52 am
    I need to buy that book and maybe send it to certain game blaming idiots >.>
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    HuskysTiger Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:52 am
    gasp, smart people! now, if only this study is spread more, like leesah said.
    The reference to the school shooting (the Virginia Tech one, was it?) was interesting.
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    Phantomfire Male 70 & Over
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:56 am
    Love it. I`m glad x-play isn`t retarded anymore aswell. I might watch it every now and then.

    Yeah, I can see why this book would never make it to fox news. Really a shame.

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    marencolleen Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:59 am
    when it comes to video games and sociological effect, there`s more to it that these people let on. my issue is with the kids (like my husband) whos lives revolve around videogames. its sad when competency in video games dictates a kids social coping skills. kids need more than just a tv and a controller. take them into the mountains, take them camping, and (oh this is going to really goad you Greg) get them into a sport. Wii is a new evolution in video games because it finally gets kids moving around, but there is still so so much that is outside of the basement that kids never do or see because of video games.
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    bagofpeanuts Female 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 10:59 am
    I agree it helps. Still though, I think I`m a little too addicted to it. Too bad they don`t shower you with nutrients...
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    MikePiano Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:05 am
    G4 fans unite! Kudos to roduku for that vid. Need to start submitting more g4 vids...
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    Fox4Brawl Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:13 am
    Twenty bucks this this NEVER makes it to a major news network.

    So many people have been misinformed about the consequences of playing video games. It`s ridiculous. I did a research paper on it, and many of these said "studies" that were trying to prove "Playing Video Games causes Violence in Youth" turned out either false or inconclusive. In fact, there are very few studies out there that can link violence to video games.

    Its annoying. Many politicians say "Oh well they played a violent video game at some point in their life, thats why they`re a criminal now."

    Thats like saying "oh you flew a kite once. thats why you`re in the air force."

    Of course they`ve played a violent video game at some point in their lives. Welcome to the 21st Century. I could bet anything 97% of kids out there have picked up a video game at some point.

    People place the blame on video games because they won`t place the blame on themselves. Just like the rest of th

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    Mauger Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:14 am
    YES! drat YOU MOM AND DAD! rofl, sorry.
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    Fox4Brawl Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:14 am
    the* world.

    im done ranting now B-|

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    DrewK Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:16 am
    Goes to show you can find anyone to say anything you want. LOL at you guys that refute all of the studies showing the negatives of violent video games on kids and when ONE study shows otherwise you jump on it. These scmucks lost me when they said "violence among youth is declining and video gaming is increasing" shakes head at this logic.
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    Wey_Pooh Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:22 am
    Awesome. Now I would feel 100 times better if they weren`t interviewed in a game channel.
    I like playing violent video games and I am not violent AT ALL. Of course I`ve thought about killing, but that won`t happen in a couple of years or more when I finally lose it.
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    leesah Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:23 am
    All of the studies showing the negatives of violent video games were done with stupid tests, like the airhorn one they mentioned. They proved nothing.
    If you watched the video, or cared at all about this topic, you`d know that already.
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    DrewK Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:25 am
    You kids will realize first hand the affects these games have on kids one day. Point blank (pardon the pun), garbage in.....garbage out.
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    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:26 am
    ^^^ DrewK. These guys are qualified experts and they gave the good with the bad. Most of the people kicking up a storm are NOT experts, but bible bashing loonies (Jack Thompson for example).

    The funniest part is, it`s only really America that bitches on about these games.

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    Fox4Brawl Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:26 am
    DrewK, that was one of the most ignorant statements I`ve read in a long time. There`s very few studies that link violence to video games. Any politician that mentions it is most likely referring to the same study, or one that, well, uses an air horn as evidence.

    Violence in youth IS declining. The only reason why you don`t think so is because everytime there`s a school shooting, its EXLODED by the media and you`ll hear nothing else for weeks on end. And as its been proven right here, a lot the kids who partake in the shootings "didn`t play video games at all."

    Once again, how about looking at it logically instead of screaming BUT THE PPLZ ON TEH TV TOLD ME! THEY DID! I SWAIR! THEYZ MUST B RITE! The media explodes EVERYTHING. every little thing. wanna argue that? tell me the first thing you think of when i say: "Mentally unstable mother loses right to see children; does too many drugs."

    thats what I thought.

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    aj101 Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:29 am
    I argue this so much with people..

    I conclude that I release stress by playing gta and blowing peoples heads off with a sniper rifle.

    Then again... i did just murder and rape a girl.

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    catbarf Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:32 am
    Why go shoot up my school in real life when I can nuke my entire *continent* in Defcon?
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    Batduck Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:35 am
    Even though I agree with the overall position taken, that was an extremely pointed interview. Adam was very leading with his questions. It wasn`t journalistic at all. It was like watching Fox News for video games. I like the conclusion, just not the methods used to get to it.
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    D_Fishbait Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:35 am
    games are like a punching bag. just a stress reliever.
    the problem is the 400 pound teenagers who do nothing but play things like WoW 24/7. (i love WoW, i`m just talking about the people who have no lives outside the game.)
    now, i`m not going to praise this study until i actually read the book, but it sounds like they really did their work right. go studies that are actually impartial!
  30. Profile photo of DrewK
    DrewK Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:42 am
    Hey young lad, where did I say video games are THE ONLY cause of violence? Get some life experience, then we`ll talk.
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    nme Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:43 am
    finally soeone who DOESNT blame video games for everything from crime to world hunger
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    Fox4Brawl Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:46 am
    Some life experience? I`m sorry, I didn`t know I had to be 30 to talk about video games. Forgive me
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    Phantomfire Male 70 & Over
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:50 am
    The thing is deep down I`ve always known that violence in video games never really relates to violence in the real world.

    Most of the time it`s something in the kids` life that cause`s things such as school shootings.

    I`ve read a lot of violence with kid`s and other things and sometimes they have played alot of violent video game`s.

    One case was a teenager who he and his friend were constant victoms to bullying and other things in his school. This kid would play the game doom all the time with his friend, without any parental supervision. He also listened to bands such as the prodigy.

    This kid wanting revenge on his bully`s aswell as other kid`s who picked on him did month`s of planing a school shooting. The parent`s never did anything because they just never payed attention to him.

    Here`s a wiki article about it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harris_leve...

    If we want to blame video game`s for violenc

  34. Profile photo of Phantomfire
    Phantomfire Male 70 & Over
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    April 27, 2008 at 11:51 am
    ^
    We also need to blame the parent`s.
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    Fox4Brawl Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:06 pm
    fist article: "It can reduce inhibitions against aggressive behavior and increase the possibility of inflicting violence on others.”

    am i more likely to be a little more aggravated after losing in a game i just spent hours on? of course. Does it PROVE any long term effects? nope.

    second article: "Adolescents who were more hostile tended to consume more electronic media, played more violent video games, prefer more violent content, and have fewer parental limits on the content of their video games," Gentile said.

    FEWER. PARENTAL. LIMITS. to blame? the parents. Kids who have no role models in their lives do tend to become abnormal. If a child cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy, he has a mental disability, not a side effect of video games.

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    Fox4Brawl Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    third article: "Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine say that brain scans of kids who played a violent video game showed an increase in emotional arousal – and a corresponding decrease of activity in brain areas involved in self-control, inhibition and attention."

    Yes. As was mentioned in the video. People to tend to become more excited. NO LASTING SIDE EFFECTS.

    "Vince Mathews, the principal investigator on the study, hesitates to make that leap. But he says he does think that the study should encourage parents to look more closely at the types of games their kids are playing."

    “That’s like saying a soccer game or a football game will make a kid more aggressive,” she says. “It’s about self-control, and you’ve got to learn it.”

    Key word: Parents. Enough Said

    Fourth Article: little defense. Does it make kids lazier? yes. it does. im not here to defend that, because it does.

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    Fox4Brawl Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:10 pm
    and related to that, school shootings are rarely decided within a few hours of the incident. Most are usually decently executed, with thought put into it. I can guarantee you 99% of shootings didn`t occur within 3 hours of the shooter playing a video game.
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    sinfulsisi Female 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:12 pm
    yay video games!!!

    ive always wanted to shoot people and pull spines out of but holes and plant gernades on a dudes back

    i dont do it irl becuase the games let me :D

    or else ide be a phsyco path on the way to blowing up the earth and killing every one :|

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    sinfulsisi Female 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:14 pm
    video games are an outlet for violence they dont make it...
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    Phantomfire Male 70 & Over
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:23 pm
    Like I said the kid and his friend put alot of time into pulling of the school shooting.
    And he played alot of doom such as making maps,mods, and other things for the game.

    He didn`t just sit down and play the game a little bit... he played so much that it became a 2nd reality to him.

    If his parent`s or brother would of stepped in on what wass happening in his school it would of never happened so once again it`s the parent`s.
    Not the game directly.

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    nickyjefferz Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:23 pm
    I Don`t Know If Its Been Said Yet, So I`m Posting Without Reading The Other Posts (Shame On Me) But My Point Has Always Been As Follows...


    Violance is nothing new, computer games have only been around for the past 20 years, and violent for the past 10. do you think that all violence throughout human history is due to video games?, did Hitler, Jack The Ripper, Ted Bundy, The Romans, The Mayans have Grand Theft Auto?

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    nacho187 Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:25 pm
    Dude video games aren`t causing violence.
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    headwound Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:34 pm
    GTA IV comes out in 2 days. Awesome.
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    NOFX14 Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:39 pm
    I wish X-Play didnt suck anymore. Ever since it went all new Adam and Morgan seem like robots reading off teleprompters and making really dull jokes. I miss the funny days...
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:40 pm
    I`m off to Borders!
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    vilem Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:45 pm
    Well don’t get too excited over this. This does still show a correlation between video games and violence. The guy said that on one end of the spectrum if people play violent video games for extended periods ( like 15 hours a week) you are statistically at greater risk for ...that’s just over two hours a day, more than i personally do now but when games like GTA come out its easy to loose track of time. Anyways i`m glad someone’s looking at the other side of the argument here, hope it gets some acknowledgement.
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    Phantomfire Male 70 & Over
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    April 27, 2008 at 12:59 pm
    I think they are better now since they never were really that funny. I would watch g4 to see gaming related news. Not watch some stupid skit with adam acting like a retard and morgan being sarcastic towards him. It get`s old after awhile.
    I`m glad they are doing more things with the show. It`s a great step forward imo.
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    BABY_BEAR Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 1:01 pm
    Ive read recenent investigations that prove the exact opposite of this. Watching a violent film isnt the same as taking on a violent role in a video game for a start. Secondly, the link between violenct crime and these games isnt proved and would be pretty difficult to prove even if it was true, but the damage it does re-wiring kids brains is much more insideous, leading to, for instance, an increase in a lack of empathy with others which can in turn lead to more anti social behaviour. Violent crime in young people ay have not gone up but anti-social behaviour certainly has.
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    666sol777 Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 1:36 pm
    hahahaha i knew it thats why when im angry i play metal slug or something like that =)
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    sushipanda Female 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 1:36 pm
    Though kids who play "M rated video games for extended periods" are susceptible to violent behaviour (I mean, filling yourself with almost anything can cause you to become desensitized to it), one should consider other factors in the child`s life that can cause these violent behaviours. Where the hell are their parents? Why is this child spending all his/her time playing video games, and moreover, video games that are not suited for their maturity level?

    Hmm, let`s think: could this have something to do with absent/irresponsible parents? Think about it: if a child is influenced solely by violence in video games, television, movies, etc., it just means that those are the only things they can draw influence FROM. They can`t get GOOD influences from anywhere else. Anyone with common sense would tell you that a child wouldn`t go off and kill someone because of a video game. They would kill that person because there was something wrong with them in the first place.

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    aaroncoal Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2008 at 1:39 pm
    video game addicts are annoying. Go outside!
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    KindlyKat Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm
    It`s about time! I grew up on Doom, Heretic, Castle Wolfenstein, etc. lol.

    But in hind-sight, I do wish I would of taken my unproductive ass and spent some time outdoors as well.

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    simim23 Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 1:43 pm
    The reasons, in my opinion, that video games decrease youth violence:

    1. They`re inside playing video games all day. They don`t feel like robbing a bank.
    2. They`re too fat to run from cops anymore, so they`re scared of getting caught.
    3. They can vent by shooting people in a fantasy world instead of real life.


    However, as far as I know, the main reason violence is decreasing is because of the way kids are being raised, which is as pussies. Kids across the nation are being taught not to stand up for themselves, to cower when kicked, and to follow the orders of anyone with a nicer suit than theirs.

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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm
    Ok.

    You guys really gotta get some critical thinking going on there.

    The study seems ok, however, this is one study on a show about videogames! How can you honestly sit there and complain about people getting their news from fox when you get yours directly from a show invested directly in videogames?

    2 "Kids who don`t playvideogames at all at most risk".
    Who? Kids without a $400 game console or a $1000 pc?
    Lets simplify that equation: Kids without $400 to spare. Worse schools. Worse neighbourhoods.

    Critical thought isn`t just isn`t just something you say to people who disagree with you.

    I even AGREE with the conclusion (this is to test how many of you read this far). That doesn`t mean you can hammer on about how you`ve been vindicated, or yell "Aha! Proof!" as long as someone, somewhere, with a fancy title gives you a nod.

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    WHOISIT12345 Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 2:12 pm
    ....but like games baalthzag :(
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    silverfyre Female 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm
    WHOA. hold the phone.

    Violence in Videogames is the same as Violence in movies, media, the news and the little old lady beating a man up with her purse.

    We as a society have dealt with violence for ages. Get the hell over violence. it happens.

    As for kids - thats why we have parental ratings. Parents need to get off their asses and parent. Taking away videogames because of the violence is like stuffing a kid away in a padded cell because of air.

    Kids will eventually grow up and hit the real world full in the face. I`d rather they know what they`re walking into.

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    Doomlike Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm
    The_Maddog; ``it`s only really America that bitches on about these games. ``

    ... Have you been sleeping under a rock, how about the banned games in Germany and the UK ? This week I also saw a report babbling about how computer games where getting kids in the army and stuff. We have the same stupidity over here.

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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm
    Also "Actual scientists"? Because I am bored deemed it so?
    Even bad scientists are "actual scientists". Look up "no true scotsman" fallacy.

    And more importantly, what the hell is up with Americans and basements? Don`t your children have rooms? I`ve never met anyone who lived in a basement, or played videogames in one, or played DnD in one.

    When I play World of warcraft I do it by my balcony, or by the pool (no not in the pool) on my laptop. When I play dungeons and Dragons it`s at my friends own apartment, with my married/single/dating friends.

    What is with the stereotyping of fat loner 16 year olds living with mom and Dad in the basement?

    If your kids room is devoid of windows, rethink that before complaining about DnD/WoW/Etc?

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    aBISS Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm
    Oh, that Adam Sessler. He`s amazing..
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    aBISS Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm
    ahaha, anyone get the House reference in the video?
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    Shaboobalah Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 2:47 pm
    @Baalthazaq:

    Because the stereotype`s been proven enough times for it to become that stereotype.

    I won`t argue one way or another on this topic, but I am refreshed to actually see a study on this from the other side. Logically, I can see it being the truth though. I feel a lot better after a round or two of Call of Duty or Battlefield 2. Helps relax the brain after a day of calculus, physics, and other math type subjects.

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    Woot45 Female 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 3:28 pm
    The reason kids with no video game exposure are more violent is because they likely can`t afford video game consoles or fast computers - they`re poor, in poor neighboorhoods and poor schools and high crime rates and gang violence.

    The reason kids who spend all day playing video games are more violent is because they spend all day in there room - no friends. parents who don`t care or spend time with them. parents who don`t set guidelines, who don`t make them do homework. They get frustrated and angry.

    The video games don`t do anything. Its they way they`re brought up.

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    kittyloaf Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 3:41 pm
    I play chess, which is a very violent war game, and Im not crazy, i swears, im not crazy *takes out bloody knife and licks it*
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    WhitbyDragon Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2008 at 3:43 pm
    Nice to hear the other side of the argument for once. I`m not going to claim to know the subject well enough to argue either way. I just know that Games for me are my escape, an extra coping mechanism that stops me from resorting to violence by getting the agression out of my system somewhere safe.

    BTW much impressed by the way Fox4Brawl came back at DrewK.

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    Discomonkey Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm
    wooo bring on gta 4
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    Discomonkey Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm
    wooo bring on gta 4
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    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm
    DrewK was pulling crap out of his ass!

    UK Goverment Research nto Violent games!

    Our goverment researched this, and you dont get higher than the goverment. Guess what they found!

    The truth is, as long as parents follow the age ratings, there should not be a problem!

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    Fox4Brawl Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm
    ^_^ thank you Whit!

    Many people here bring up a point. You really can`t put the blame on anyone but the parents. If a child is brought up to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, he`s going to have it put in his head that its ok.

    But I will to argue this. Playing video games, even excessively, won`t necessarily make you a social outcast. In a survey I read, 4 out of every 5 people (I believe ages were 16-25) played a video game on an almost daily basis, and of those 4, 3 played online.

    So, on average, 3 of every 5 teenagers to young adults play online, with millions of others just like them. & chances are that if you play the same game, do the same things, & happen to meet this person, you may just share quite a bit in common.

    I met a girl over Runescape. Now shes not going to be my future wife or anything, but we only played for maybe two months. I met her over 18 months ago, and I`ve gained many friends through her.

    Video games are not always socially cripplin

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    Fox4Brawl Male 13-17
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    April 27, 2008 at 4:02 pm
    crippling.*

    and nice find Maddog.

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    londoncallme Female 18-29
    112 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 4:09 pm
    I have to say I really wish i grew up with more video games. I know that when I get the chance to play video games I feel like I have been given a chance to vent anger in a way that I think is very controlled. Heck, sometimes I go and play games online to help me deal with some anger issues. But that`s just my background on it. But really, its seen in other media. And I have to say that the news really isnt helping with all their negative talk... It`s not really helping... Just look at how some shows treat celebrities, when there is nothing dramatic going on in those celebrities lives... They make a big deal about a random picture of them! Well, i think my point is clear enough. I know that I won`t do anything violent... but sometimes when i`m venting through video games, i get funny looks from people... But I know i`m venting. I wouldn`t do any of the stuff i do on video games in real life.
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    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
    2582 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 4:18 pm
    What really really pisses me off is that the misconception of violent video games harming childrens` precious little minds is that it makes Other Mature and AO games less violent and sexed up.

    I want my Guns, Sex and Boobies dammit!

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    catbarf Male 18-29
    1455 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 4:45 pm
    "Watching a violent film isnt the same as taking on a violent role in a video game for a start."

    So, should we not allow kids to try boxing? Or martial arts? Or football? All of those directly involve attempting to hit the other players. And none of them are less real than pictures on a computer screen.

    "but the damage it does re-wiring kids brains is much more insideous, leading to, for instance, an increase in a lack of empathy with others which can in turn lead to more anti social behaviour."

    What makes you say this? Jumping to conclusions without any reasoning is just idiocy.

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    zonedin Male 13-17
    70 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 4:53 pm
    Yay, Video games are good! SWEET!
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    primetimekin Male 18-29
    7936 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 5:02 pm
    Guns dont kill people, Video games do!
  75. Profile photo of primetimekin
    primetimekin Male 18-29
    7936 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 5:03 pm
    "I want my Guns, Sex and Boobies dammit!"
    Boobies!
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    sinisterspid Female 18-29
    121 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm
    take that ya `blame-everything-on-violent-video-game` bastards!!
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    wyngit Male 18-29
    153 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm
    god help us that we have valid, scientific proof about video games.

    dogmas is *the* way to go... and ignorant comments that forces biased baseless opinions on others.

    science sucks.

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    joofro Male 18-29
    548 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 6:29 pm
    g4 tech tv ftw
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 7:00 pm
    alllright... time to play some quake.
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    robbery525 Male 13-17
    329 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 7:02 pm
    im glad someone actually wasnt against the games this time. its a good way to vent lol. except when your playin a game like H3 and its being gay and pisses me off lol but thats not often lol.
    its a great way to socialize with other people.

    i do both sports and video games. soccer/wrestling/track and video games lol. im in a great mood all the time and an A student so those stupid reports arent always true. i liked this one though.

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    ryno1727 Male 13-17
    137 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 7:41 pm
    Um, I don`t play sports or video games. I spend most of my time with friends and playing guitar. I`m not violent at all, and I have a life and get good grades n` stuff.
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    Maxim86 Male 18-29
    139 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 7:46 pm
    Adam and Morgan lost their personalities. New XPlay sucks, I used to watch it all the time but I usually just watch AOTS now.
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    kurdizzzz Male 13-17
    298 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 8:36 pm
    interesting...but really just proves what i, and most of us, knew all along, haha
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    matchstick Female 30-39
    62 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm
    I remember asking one of my nieces about a violent movie she`d seen, one which I would NEVER allow a child her age (She was eight) to watch. I asked "What did you think about the way people were hurt and killed in (such and such a scene)" her response? "Uhm, that`s just make-believe, it isn`t REAL!" She thought I was stupid for even asking, Kids learn real vs not real VERY early, and we as adults often forget that THEY are more playful and understanding of what "play" is than we are. That said, I think violent video games probably do appeal to sociopathic kids, but if your child has a serious mental/emotional issue like sociopathy, it will be evident in MANY more areas than his choice of videogames. Bravo Harvard Psych Dept!

    BOOM! HEADSHOT!

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    Kisato Female 18-29
    695 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 10:06 pm
    I love my video games and I love being a gamer... Oh and Maxim86, I agree with you. XPlay really has lost its touch... It makes me a sad panda. And matchstick, I love violent games but I`m not a sociopath... I think, har har har. I just think that kids who can`t defer reality from fantasy have serious mental issues...
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    matchstick Female 30-39
    62 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm
    I think Online games especially are really good things for kids. (In moderation, as all things) I`ve played the RPG type games like WOW, and the shooter type games like Unreal Tournament, and for the most part, people are really good sports, and kids can learn cooperative play and trust in a way that I never learned as a kid. Even in a violent warfare game like Unreal, when the game is over, everyone is usually friendly and positive. If my school sports programs were like that, I might have gone out for teams!
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    natep1098 Male 18-29
    83 posts
    April 27, 2008 at 10:30 pm
    you know.. I played a violent video game once.

    several people died. *

    *(of natural causes)

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    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
    3302 posts
    April 28, 2008 at 12:34 am
    "The study seems ok, however, this is one study on a show about videogames!"

    Thats a very good point to bring up, Baalthazaq. I was thinking about that myself.

    Look, controversy is nothing new. People will always fear something new, and blame it on whatever troubles society at one point. Videogames happens to be the latest scape goat. To quote a good example of this:

    "Young people play them and old folks don`t understand, so they must be bad. Don`t forget that in the 1950`s, rock and roll was linked to youth violence in the same way. The hedonistic, tribal rhythms were going to turn America`s youth into a bunch of violent maniacs. Rock and roll was banned and censored all over the country. A bill was even put before Congress in 1955 to ban rock and roll altogether. ...Something exactly like what is happening now."

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    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
    3302 posts
    April 28, 2008 at 12:34 am
    (cont) From this article. There is some bias, of course (like stated above), but still a good read.
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    843 Male 18-29
    550 posts
    April 28, 2008 at 3:15 am
    Do women always blink a lot?
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    BABY_BEAR Female 18-29
    1396 posts
    April 28, 2008 at 5:59 am
    cat barf:

    1st - comparing competitive sports with the sorts of violent and morally dubious roles people take on in video games is ridiculous and going nowhere.

    2 - the statement you quoted is from research done by a well respected British scientist who specialises in brain deterioration and how our environments change the way our brains work and how that in turn effects out behaviour. Her name is Susan Greenfield.

    So in assuming me opinion was without foundation has only shown you are in great need of taking your own advice. Idiocy indeed.

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    space_kowboy Male 18-29
    34 posts
    April 28, 2008 at 8:30 am
    Oh Man This is too awesome, Kudos to them ;D
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    koolkidme Male 18-29
    123 posts
    April 28, 2008 at 9:00 am
    i get at least 40 hours a week playin Halo 3, LO, R6LV, Even Pokemon. I never feel violent after playing any of them.

    People Need To Stop Blame`n Everything On Video Games. I Believe its the parents fault for not lookin at the rating.

    NO ONE LOOKS AT THE fudgeK`N RATING!

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    koolkidme Male 18-29
    123 posts
    April 28, 2008 at 9:01 am
    hahaha, imb change my profanity to fudge. hahaha i love you imb.
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    morbidframe Male 13-17
    145 posts
    April 28, 2008 at 10:43 am
    These ppl should get a Nobel peace prize :)
    finally somebody can see that video games don`t make ppl violent lag does!
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    ayull Male 18-29
    241 posts
    April 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm
    Ack! I was just playing pacman, and now I`m hungry! I had no idea what I was doing to myself. For now I`m resisting the urge to eat, but it`s consuming (no pun intended) my every thought. There are cherries in the next room - also pretzels. Somebody help me - I don`t know how long I can hold out.
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    Phantombagle Male 13-17
    1 post
    April 28, 2008 at 3:22 pm
    Hell yes. These are the people that should be giving speeches on TV, not d-bags like everyone else who blame everything on video games. Hopefully one day we will get the message across to all the people who flip out when a new video game that doesn`t meet their unreal level of strictness comes out. Godspeed gentleman.
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    Scotchy Male 18-29
    592 posts
    April 28, 2008 at 7:37 pm
    best video ever.
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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
    3622 posts
    April 29, 2008 at 6:26 am
    I knew this all along. (and I`ll raise my children with games!
    I`m glad someone saw it the way i did, games arn`t all bad, its ways to sicialaise. don`t turn into a drok/geek tho, just stay as a gamer!
  100. Profile photo of VONLINE
    VONLINE Male 18-29
    578 posts
    April 30, 2008 at 6:27 am
    I`m kind of in the middle of the road on this subject. I don`t think you can solely blame videogames for the violence, but if you do blame videogames, then you also have to blame movies, TV, gangsta rap, and everything else that contributes to our increasingly violent culture as a whole. Videogames may contribute, but you can`t single it out.
    As for this study, it`s pretty stupid if you ask me. First of all, as some have already mentioned, its on the G4 network!! Of course it`s going to be pro-videogames! Second, how can their conclusion be that less videogames put you at greater risk immediatly after you said (and I watched it twice to make sure I heard it right) that in both boys AND girls (notice their conclusion didn`t apply to females), that a lot of violent gaming was present in violent youths. But they totally dismiss that by saying its just a "marker." That`s called doublespeak. If you can`t blame the videogames for being a possible cause, then you can`t blame the
  101. Profile photo of VONLINE
    VONLINE Male 18-29
    578 posts
    April 30, 2008 at 6:37 am
    (con`t)
    ,then you can`t blame the lack there of either. Third, they use the Virginia Tech tragedy as an example to support their claim, but that`s just a single incident. I could do the same to support the opposite. Just a couple of weeks ago, there was a story on IAB about a kid who shot his brother because he wouldn`t pass the controller. There, I just supported the claim that voilent videogames games cause real life violence. I`ll even do one better, there`s a story on the front page of IAB now about a stabbing during a wait for GTA4. This is easy, and I didn`t even have to leave IAB!! Some would dismiss these people as "just idiots", "Videogames had nothing to do with it!" If that`s the case, then violent people who DON`T play videogames are "just idiots" as well, and the lack of videogames has nothing to do with their violent behavior. In short, these people aren`t scientists, they`re fakes.
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    VONLINE Male 18-29
    578 posts
    April 30, 2008 at 6:39 am
    And for the record, I own and play GTA.
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    kummi90 Male 18-29
    541 posts
    May 16, 2008 at 8:16 am
    wow this report actually made sense!
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    zurgrock Male 13-17
    152 posts
    May 24, 2008 at 11:10 am
    i got the book :o
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    miniestman Male 13-17
    12 posts
    November 14, 2008 at 10:46 am
    So true... also shooting and hurting things in games is like doing it in real life ... kinda...

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