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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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Interesting, but doesnt belong here.
By Myg on 4/13/2008 9:49:38 AM , Rating: 2
I find it interesting that this appears on a tech news site; this is a moral/parenting issue and not technical one.

The peron who put this snippet up obviously has a personal agenda behind the post and it seems to me more of a "smirk and kneejerk" reaction then a properly reasoned one.

So, in turn I will respon with what I can muster of a counter-agenda. Excuse me if its a bit lacking.

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"Believe it or not, the choice between taking life or creating life is one that is very unclear to parents."

- In a perfect world, where everyone would get married first before having sex and there were no contraceptives/abortion clincs and people actually took responsiblity for taking part in their acts of making love (acceping complications and possible death from them too). Such a poll would reveal a clear and denfinite arguement to the state of "moral vision" and would support the agenda your looking to fulfill.

Unfortunatly, things here arnt that simple (should be), and because of the complexity of the nature of the act and the beings who preform it, its always going to be a #1 priority/regulation in people's minds.

To explain:

Sex is a permanent spiritual and emotional bond between people and it can even been described as a language in itself. The way people treat the "language" of making love these days has gotten to the point where its mirroring the effect of bad language upon society: Destroying good, cohesive and reasoned descriptions (relationships) and sucking people into a quagmire of looking for emotional high and "sound-clip" media states of mind.

From this, we can start to see why sex has been used to control people in many different ways; people in positions of care, parents and relatives abusing kids, large scale rapes during conflicts and war. Its an easy way to assume control, push ideas and medicate the masses and get them to buy your "ripped for her pleasure" condoms so the pharma CEO can have a bigger paycheck and his new Jag.

Anyways, the point being that parents recognise this through gut feelings, alot of their own experience, regrets, pain and hurts of their own, they want to spare their children from the same experiences. It should be commended, instead of assuming such simple ends. Infact, its instilling the inherent idea in which the USA was founded upon, "freedom". To release yourself from destructive habits imposed by others and to use your will to pave strength over adversity without fear of being stopped by those above and around you. Its about rising up to the stars and being as good as you can with all that God has given you!

This all needs to be taken in context with cultural and genetic aspects also, since certain "vices" or habits are present more in some countries then others (in some more families/people then others), and are most likely part of a weakness passed on from generation to generation within families. So depending on the country, it would need to be taken with a plus or minus percentage to that particular genetic set of habits, educations and idealogical exposure to particular trains of thought which feed off of the instincual nature of the inhabitants.

In closing, the whole point to my arguement is that you assume its worse to kill someone then to fill their mind with sexually preverting content (pornography, among things, is just that). Theres a reason why in some countries raping carries more years then killing, im sure you can figure it out.

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RE: "STD spreading"; Why do you think AIDS and other STDs spread so quickly? If people actually waited till they found someone to spend the rest of their lives with (to marry of course), didnt cheat, took more responsiblity for themselves and their future spouses by getting themselves checked out for anything which could possibly pass between them and their possible spouse. There would be no AIDS problem, nor any STD problem; Such diseases would be avoided to be passed in the first place.

Education is the fix to the problem, but people assume too much and teach too little these days, and throw fat-cat feeding corporate bandages on the problem, such as contraception (condoms/pill/etc..).

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"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"

- This is infinitly argueable, but to follow up the above explanation, its more in the motivation. Violent sex acts are motivated by sex or control, which the previous explanations cover somewhat (I hope).

While a purely violent act of killing for the sake of randomness, dislike, fear or hate in essence brings one person closer to peace (why do you think some people feel justfied when someone is violent to them for their beliefs; its not a coincidence), while the other remains. Sex on the other hand imposes upon both of the people and spreads because there is a massive amount of feelings attached and they easily blind people to the truth.

I do not condone violence, I am just trying to put it in its place in the big picture. Violence makes me sick when I see it on TV these days, but its something that I can get over easily (few days), sex on the other hand makes me worry for my soul (dont like picking up images in my mind that wont go away for months).

RE: Interesting, but doesnt belong here.
By jlips6 on 4/14/2008 11:47:57 AM , Rating: 2
They post this here because it's talking about parent reaction to video game content.


By nekobawt on 4/15/2008 12:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, go figure.

To Myg: I may not be speaking for ALL women, mind you, but I personally prefer my condoms ribbed, not ripped, as the latter has a much better chance of resulting in babies/STDs, and preventing such is pretty much the whole point of condoms...:P

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