Farrah Duffany, Record-Journal
Video game destruction drive canceled, deemed “unnecessary” now that conversation has begun
SouthingtonSOS will no longer be hosting the violent video game drop-off we reported on yesterday. In a press conference held this morning, group representatives said they were happy with what they had accomplished.
“Our mission was to create strong awareness in Southington for parents and families and citizens and children. And we accomplished that. Our other objective was to promote discussion of violent video games and media with children and with the families at the home. And we’ve accomplished that in spades,” said Dick Fortunato, spokesman for the group, as reported by Polygon.
John Myers, director of the Southington YMCA and contact for SouthingtonSOS, whom we reached out to for our last story on the event, was quoted by Record-Journal saying that they “feel that having achieved our essential goals, the return has become an unnecessary step of what we’re trying to do.”
The group also cited the logistical problems of video game donation and disposal as part of the rationale behind canceling the event. Interestingly, the group still promises to offer gift cards for families who have had conversations regarding violent media.
As reported by the Southington Patch: “It’s a program that will only be available to Southington families,” [Southington Chamber of Commerce Charlie] Cocuzza said. “We will ask what steps they have done and through email, determine the best way to send them a reward. Based on the number of people who have reached out already, we are asking that people refrain from going to the chamber directly.”
SouthingtonSOS wanted to start conversations, and although we criticized them for starting that conversation by destroying games, it’s hard to argue that conversations have not been had. Regardless of the group’s motives, we think halting the destruction of protected expression is a good thing. If nothing else, it has brought nationwide attention to the group and its aims.
Connecticut communities aren’t struggling with just video games in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. Danbury, a town forty minutes away from Southingon, recently cancelled a gun show scheduled for the weekend. “In the Danbury case, promoter Big Al’s Gun Shows declined to comment, other than to say that the venue, a hotel in town, had pulled out,” the Los Angeles Times reported.