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2005-07-27 17:28:03.516966+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Must read: Steven Johnson's open letter to Hillary Clinton on video game violence (via /.):

I'm writing to commend you for calling for a $90-million study on the effects of video games on children, and in particular the courageous stand you have taken in recent weeks against the notorious "Grand Theft Auto" series.

I'd like to draw your attention to another game whose nonstop violence and hostility has captured the attention of millions of kids — a game that instills aggressive thoughts in the minds of its players, some of whom have gone on to commit real-world acts of violence and sexual assault after playing.

I'm talking, of course, about high school football.

As the bluenoses complain that GTA: San Andreas actually might have sex hidden amongst the violence, it's good to put things in perspective.

(To catch y'all up: From what I can tell, the "Hot Coffee" mod for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas only has clothed models, unless you download and install alternate models that fans have built for the game, and unlocking the "Hot Coffee" minigame on a console requires a GameShark or "AR Max".)

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-07-27 19:57:20.567031+00 by: meuon

No 'walking wounded" from playing the video-games, except for a few finger sprains. I've worked with a lot of High School Football injured people. Sad.