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State removes violent games from rest stops
[BOSTONGLOBE] Something didn't feel right to ­Andrew and Tracey Hyams when they entered the rest stop in Charlton on the ­Massachusetts Turnpike on Christmas Eve with their 12-year-old son and saw another boy absorbed in an arcade game.

The youth was firing a machine gun replica at the screen, licking off simulated rounds with a rapid-fire rat-tat-tat that reverberated off the walls. "You could even hear it in the bathroom," Andrew Hyams, 58, of Newton, said in a telephone interview Thursday.
I've tagged this under "Tales of the Easily Offended," but I actually agree with the state action, probably for the "wrong" reasons. A highway rest stop is for going to the bathroom or taking a nap, maybe buying a cup of coffee or a snack. It's not for hanging around playing games, violent or otherwise. And I don't like violent video games because of 50 percent if everybody is below average, so is 50 percent of the violent games audience. I know lotsa people like to play them, but we have enough violence-fixated brats in this country.
Because the plaza is close to Newtown, Conn., Hyams said, a relative of one of the school shooting victims could have walked in and seen a player firing away, 10 days after the massacre that took the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults.

"People have the freedom to have whatever video games in their own homes that they want," Hyams said. "We were struck by walking into a [state-owned] rest stop within an hour's drive of Newtown and seeing and hearing a life-sized, mounted machine gun on a video game."

The couple felt that such games had no place in public rest stops, and the state Depart­ment of Transportation agreed. After receiving an ­e-mail from the Hyams, the Massachusetts agency removed nine violent games from service plazas in Charlton, Ludlow, Lee, and Beverly.
Posted by:Fred

#9  First is the Arcade, next will be Internet Cafes + Personal Laptops.

These "violent" games, Contemporary or Retro, are mainly oriented towards Young, Adult, or Working-class Males, as are "Truck Stops" in general. + are key sources of revenue. It will be simialr even as per non-Gun/Weaponized SPORTS or GAMBLING GAMES.

Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-01-13 23:01  

#8  I didn't realize you could stand on kids' graves from 96 miles away...
Posted by: Pappy   2013-01-13 14:47  

#7  Because the plaza is close to Newtown, Conn., Hyams said,

Yes, indeed - 96 miles from Charlton, MA to Newtown, CT is 'close' when it suits the purposes of the Boston Globe. Good job, copy desk!
Posted by: Raj   2013-01-13 12:48  

#6  Heh...Try getting Mass DOT to act this fast if they screw up the credit card billing on your Fast Pass.
But for a futile PC gesture, they're on it like white on rice. The only thing that happens faster is the press release to the Globe...
Posted by: tu3031   2013-01-13 12:00  

#5  #3 Ship - All of the old Rantburg regulars have always known that you were in thrall to the Dark Lord. But it's good to see you admit it. The first step on the road to recovery, etc., etc.
Posted by: PBMcL   2013-01-13 11:33  

#4  “We were struck by walking into a [state-owned] rest stop within an hour’s drive of Newtown and seeing and hearing a life-sized, mounted machine gun on a video game.”

After fuming about Video games at Rest Stops perhaps these folks can visit some Places where the phrase “struck by” takes on a whole new meaning. Coincidentally, they’re also about an hour’s drive from Newtown.
Posted by: DepotGuy   2013-01-13 10:40  

#3  I've been near driven to mass murder by certain pin-ball machines. XOX comes to mind as does FireBall and of course Jumbo. I hate Jumbo, I really hate it, Jumbo picked on me since I was 5 and I had to stand on a bucket to work the flippers. It's Satan in disguise.

If I had a Hammer, oh Lord send me a hammer or a big ass magnet.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-01-13 07:49  

#2  Doubt it will be much of a problem in Illinois. Many of the rest stops were closed years ago and are now overgrown with weeds and brush. Couldn't afford to keep them open.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-01-13 03:04  

#1  Killed one of their main Profit makers, the rest areas will Love you for this.

Those games are a sink hole for Quarters.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2013-01-13 00:16