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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 Nox Corporatus on 4/13/2008 7:10:58 AM , Rating: 2
And maybe your son wouldn't go and get his girlfriend pregnant if he knew how to protect himself and her from both that and STDs by wearing condoms, and if he knew how a teen pregnancy would affect him.

I think that people fear their children playing games containing "relations", because they know that their children has had no sex ed, because even mentioning sex is taboo. So people should attempt to address the sex ed part first in order to alleviate the worries about the effects of films and games.

Teens are aware -- I should hope -- that killing someone gets you in jail. But are they aware of how many responsibilities you have when you're a parent? Do they know how little freedom they get and how much patience they must have? I doubt that. =/


RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By masher2 (blog) on 4/13/2008 9:29:40 AM , Rating: 2
> "And maybe your son wouldn't go and get his girlfriend pregnant if he knew how to protect himself and her from both that and STDs by wearing condoms"

The "maybe" in that phrase is the key word. Condoms aren't a perfect defense, against either pregnancy nor STDs.


RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By FITCamaro on 4/15/2008 3:43:44 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately you have professors and others saying they are. Even Trojan commercials say that they don't protect against STDs. But I had a friend in college who swore by a professor somewhere who said condoms will prevent you from getting AIDS. I used the example of AIDS patents my mom delivered drugs to and thought the same thing before they got AIDS.


By Ryanman on 5/3/2008 4:35:06 PM , Rating: 2
they won't prevent you getting it, but they do have around a 75% STD blockage rate when you use them perfectly. Personally, I still wouldn't play those odds.


RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By clovell on 4/14/2008 4:51:24 PM , Rating: 2
But, there isn't any way for a teenager to know how a teen pregnancy will affect him. Teenagers aren't swayed by logic or reasoning.

That's no excuse for not talking to your kids about sexe, but let's not be fooled inot thinking that Sex Ed is a panacea.


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