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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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RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By Sungpooz on 4/12/2008 10:17:34 PM , Rating: 4
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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?’


At THAT paragraph, the blog entry changes topic.

Sorry to critique this but I see a big flaw in what a reader may think after reading this blog entry.

This parenting site represents the opinions of parents who are defending their children from any exposure to "bad stuff".

You can't connect what the parents think are bad for their kids to what they "personally" believe is more appalling. The reason they find sex "appalling" in a video game is because of its exposure to children, NOT because sex in itself is more appalling than violence. Therefore, this poll should represent what parents would be more appalled to expose their children to, rather than what is actually more appalling to them.

A kid getting a girl pregnant is nowhere near as "appalling" as Columbine.

What am I appalled by the most? Violence and killing Because it's a horrible, evil act, but I wouldn't expect my kids to do the same.

What would I hide from my kids? Sex, because it's something special, natural, yet dangerous if done irresponsibly and is more likely to influence my children.

Again, I apologize to seem to criticize the post but I just saw that blaring fault and had mention it, as a lot of people began to play along with false connection.

It should not generalize American's opinions with the ones regarding parents discussing child-sensitive material.


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