When the small town of Southington, Connecticut decided to host what amounts to a book burning for violent video games, we weren't exactly surprised. As we said then, tragedies like the Newtown massacre don't often provoke thoughtful responses so much as knee-jerk reactions. The Violent Video Games Return Program being a perfect example of said knee-jerk reactions. The event was set to be held on January 12th, but it was called off early yesterday morning. Why did they call it off? Well, that's complicated.
Sure, it's well and good to host a thorough discussion on the pros and cons of violent media, and that includes video games. That's not a bad idea at all, and it's certainly not one I oppose. Unfortunately, thoughtful and thorough responses are not often the ones made immediately following a tragedy on the level of the Newtown massacre. The Violent Video Games Return Program being held by Southington, CT -- a town just 30 miles from Newtown -- is more like the kind of way people usually respond. In a lot of ways, it's not all that different from a book burning.