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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 AzureKevin on 4/13/2008 11:16:09 PM , Rating: 2
I definitely agree with your point that violent video games aren't going to cause children to want to commit violent acts, having been one just a few short years ago. However, by the same argument, I don't believe steamy movies or sex in video games have very much influence on people's decisions to want to have sex either. We are living beings with bodies that have reproductive organs and hormones. We were explicitly designed for sex far more so than we were designed for harming one another, and there's really no use trying to hide from it.

If unwanted pregnancy is the main concern here, then I am a huge proponent for education and knowledge. It really is the solution to just about everything. Consider the hunger issues in Africa and other poor countries. Their problems are compounded, if not downright caused by the fact that they are having more children than they can afford to raise. But they lack technology, therefore they haven't been watching any raunchy videos. And what else do they lack? Education.

I am not trying to condone sexual content in media. I just find it a little strange that we think witnessing violence and killing is more acceptable, or at least on par in acceptability as witnessing natural acts of love.

RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By Hiawa23 on 4/14/2008 8:49:14 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 10 year old daughter, & I talk to her on a regular basis about sex, about notifying myself or her mother if anyone innapropriately touches her. What's so funny to me is alot of parents can't or don't want to talk to their kids about sex & all the problems it causes.

Like someone said, sex is like taboo or something, & some parents just want to put their head in the sands & hope they don't have to deal with it. I monitor what games my daughter plays which is why she has a Wii. I monitor what TV shows & movies she watches, & for those who says that rap music & hip hop culture glorifies sex, hate to break it to you, it aint just Hip Hop, turn on your tv or radio. It's all over te place.

Parents need to be informed & stay on top of what their kids are doing, & should preach abstinance, but if that fails should also give them other safety options. Problem is some parents just want to blame everyone & everything other than themselves when something goes wrong with their kids. Another thing parent should think about is look at their child as a human like us adults, the are going to make mistakes like us adults.

I am just glad I had parents who talked to me about the pitfalls of sex, violence, & stuff & they preached abstinance but in my teens I was sexually active. I just thank God my parents atleast gave me options like condoms, which I used until my final year of college when my then live in girlfriend ended up pregnant, but I was in my 20s about to graduate with a degree in business & she had another year to go & finished the following year. The point I am making is humans need to take control & repsonsibility for their lives & quit blaming videogames, music, movies or celebs for what they do.

Lastly, one of the greatest talks my mother gave me when I was a teen was: It's okay to to want to be like Tupac, my favorite rapper, or Michael Jordan, my favorite sports figure or any celeb, in their perspective fields, but they are flawed humans like the rest of us & just cause they make more money doesn't make their lifestyles okay. It's up to your father & I to teach you right from wrong so you can make good decisions for yourself, so that you become a good productive member of society. What this meant to me was it's okay to want to be able to put a ball in the hoop like MJ, or rap like Tupac, but life choices should be made based on good & good moral values, not what you see them do, & I never forgot that. Another thing she said was MJ Tupac should not be your role model just cause of their job, we should be your role model, as it's our job to mold you into a good person, or teachers, policemen, good members of society.

To this day I don't look at any celeb as a role model just cause of what they do in their field, but look at their life choices, this determines who & what is a role model not how much money, cars, houses, points they score in games. Perhaps more parents should take this route.

RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By clovell on 4/14/2008 4:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
Natural acts of love are between two people, not witnessed by third parties.

RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By nekobawt on 4/15/2008 12:25:16 PM , Rating: 3
Unless those two people are into that. ;)

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