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Burning books or deodands

In CT, a group is offering a buyback for violent video games. So they can burn them.

WTF is wrong with people?

13 Responses to “Burning books or deodands”

  1. Mike Says:

    Meh. They’re doing with their own money; their actions won’t give me anything and won’t take anything away from me; it’s voluntary.

    Compare that to any gun control legislation being proposed.

  2. Bubblehead Les Says:

    What was your quote about every once in a while people just go Absolutely Bat Shit Insane?

  3. Geodkyt Says:

    I have absolutely no problem with people using their own money (including voluntary donations raised for teh purpose) to buy property and do with it as they will — provided they don’t infringe on another’s rights while doing so.

    If you’re into Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming, you could claim that they are harming the whole world by burning dirty, nasty plastics, but meh.

    I had a buddy who wrote a (never quite ready for release – in 20 years it still wasn’t finished in his mind) role playing game. However good or bad teh game was, there was a phrase on teh title page from teh very first draft that I though very appropriate.

    “This is a game. If you feel this game is immoral, fattening, or causes cancer– feel free to buy as many copies as you wish and burn them. Thank you.”

  4. Not me Says:

    We have to blame something, besides ourselves! Do something now, think of the children!

    Blaming video games seems to be the rights solution to the left disarming the public.

  5. Chas Says:

    Maybe they listened to LaPierre’s voodoo security speech about banning evil mind control video games to, you know, somehow keep the kids safe from killers, somehow.

  6. Robb Allen Says:

    I’m just happy people are using “deodand” more.

  7. Chas Says:

    Guns with bullets in them keep kids safe, like the dozens of guns with bullets in them that they have now at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School. Now. Better to get over their hoplophobia late than never? How much consolation is it that they aren’t so stupid anymore?
    Banning video games to keep kids safe – not effective school security policy. Not at all.

  8. Bram Says:

    I hope the EPA locks them up for burning plastic disks.

  9. Geodkyt Says:

    Chas, it’s not effective — but is it actively harmful to the rights or safety of others for them to make a Whicker Man out of games?

    Nope. Let them have their superstitious religious ceremonies. It harms you no more than having some televangelist have his flock “pray hurricanes away”.

  10. Sigivald Says:

    I always forget that people still buy physical copies of games – since I do my gaming almost entirely on a PC, and via Steam.

    Seriously, though, what the hell is wrong with these people?

    (Though, if I lived there? I might well sell them scratched game discs, or ones that had no further value to me. Fools and their money…)

  11. Seerak Says:

    Saying that these idiots are “harming no one” or that they are destroying their own property” misses the point in precisely the same way as whining about one’s First Amendment rights when called out for saying something stupid.

    The point here is that the ones blaming games are engaging in the same egregious error as the gun grabbers: in saying “the Devil/guns/games make us do it”, they are denying the principle of individual moral agency. We’re all pawns of inscrutable, sinister forces, this “thinking” goes.

    It suits medieval serfs scared of demons everywhere, or Soviet subjects who see the KGB in every shadow, or those modern-day twits who think there’s a gene for everything, or the sort of people who would say “what you believe is no disgrace, the swinishness is in the race.”

    Individual responsibility implies individual rights. To deny one is to deny the other.

  12. Michael Hawkins Says:

    Step one: buy video game
    Step two: sell serial number
    Step three: turn in game to people with torches and pitchforks
    Step four: profit

  13. Alpheus Says:

    I can’t help but wonder: what is “violent”? Obviously, games like Halo and Grand Theft Auto fall into this category. But what about Final Fantasy VII, where an entire section of the city is destroyed, and where you have continuous battle scenes? What about Spyro the Dragon, where you flame and ram all your enemies? What about Pong, where you mercilessly bounce a poor, defenseless ball back and forth, between two paddles?

    They don’t make their lines very clear…I suspect that, if I had all these games, and more, I could probably get a lot of money…