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Act of love more offensive than severed human heads, reports poll

Believe it or not, the choice between taking life or creating life is one that is very unclear to parents. In a poll on parent-oriented gaming site What They Play, respondents were asked to pick from a choice of four what they found the most offensive in a video game.

The four choices offered were: a graphically severed human head; a man and a woman having sex; multiple use of the F-word; or two men kissing.

Perhaps as a strange demonstration of social values, those who voted in the poll reported that sexual matters of any sort were more offensive than explicit violence or profanity. The leading pick as the most offensive act in video game was “a man and woman having sex” at 37 percent. Off second place with 27 percent was “two men kissing.”

Next in second last place with 26 percent was the anti-violence answer of “a graphically severed human head.” In a distant fourth was “multiple use of the F-word.”

Informed parents are the best defence against exposure of inappropriate material to children, though it appears that many are more concerned about sexual matters than graphic violence.

Susan Arendt of Game|Life shared the story of an encounter she once had in a game store: “A woman was trying to buy her 12-year old daughter some games for Christmas, and overhearing me talking about games, asked me for advice. She picked up one of the Resident Evils and asked me if it was any good. I told her that it was an excellent game, but quite violent and scary. ‘Oh, that's no problem,’ she replied. ‘But there's no, you know, people having relations in it, is there?’

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By Justin Case on 4/12/2008 3:36:19 AM , Rating: 2
"The gun is good. The penis is evil. The penis shoots seeds, and makes new life, and poisons the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the gun shoots death, and purifies the earth of the filth of brutals. Go forth and kill!"

PS - I suspect the result of this poll would vary significantly from country to country. Australia got the convicts, the US got the puritans. I'm pretty sure I know who drew the short straw.

RE: Zardoz
By 91TTZ on 4/12/08, Rating: 0
RE: Zardoz
By Justin Case on 4/13/2008 8:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
a) WTF does that have to do with misguided, hypocritical, counter-productive puritanism?

b) The computer I'm using was mostly developed and manufactured in Asia. The CPU was designed in Israel. Maybe you're still running an IBM XT? Things have moved on a bit.

c) HTML was invented at CERN, in Switzerland, and its current version (as well as the current versions of virtually every major internet standard) were developed by people and organizations from all over the world. The same goes for the browser I'm using, and most of the software I run on a daily basis. Unless your idea of "the internet" is manually putting together TCP packets, it's hardly something that any individual country or person can take credit for. Maybe you're related to Al Gore?

d) I am American, you moron.

RE: Zardoz
By BarkHumbug on 4/15/2008 2:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
That must have been the stupidest thing I've read on this whole page. Amazing...

RE: Zardoz
By MrPoletski on 4/16/2008 1:54:15 AM , Rating: 2
"The computer that you're using and the internet you're posting on were both developed in the USA."

I think you'll find that Sir Tim Berners Lee, a British man, was the guy who pioneered the internet. Also, the computer you are using was built in china/taiwan and designed using techniques and technologies aquired from around the world - notably Japan and the UK.

And by doing well do you mean on the verge of economic collapse?

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