Connecticut town to collect and destroy violent video games, other media

Wednesday, 2nd January 2013 20:50 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Violent Video Games Return Program is a community initiative started by representatives from Southington, CT which will allow residents to trade-in their violent games for $25 a gift certificate donated by the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce.

Games, along with movie and music discs, which are turned in will be broken up before being incinerated by city employees on January 12.

The collective, known as SouthingtonSOS, is made up of members representing the local Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, the board of education, the Southington fire department, various city officials, the United Way and local clergy members.

“What happened in our community, very similar to communities across the world, is everyone wanted to do something for Newtown,” Southington School superintendent Joe Erardi told Polygon. “The SOS convened and we looked at how do we continue to pray and support Newtown and how do we do something perhaps meaningful for Newtown and our own community.

“There are youngsters who appear to be consumed with violent video games. I’m not certain if that’s a good thing. If this encourages one courageous conversation with a parent and their child, then it’s a success. We’re suggesting that for parents who have a child or children who play violent video games, to first of all view the games. We’re asking parents to better understand what their child is doing. Have a conversation about next steps. If parents are comfortable (with their child’s gaming habits), we’re comfortable.”

A further statement from SouthingtonSOS said the return program doesn’t suggest “that violent video games were the cause of the shocking violence in Newtown on December 14,” but is instead a means to bring awareness to “violent media of all kinds, including TV and Movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing,” and how it contributes to “increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and [the] desensitization of our children.”

The town is located approximately 30 miles from Newtown, CT where a school shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14.



  1. Se_7_eN

    Yea! This will ensure no shooting happens here again!

    … Until some kid rages on his parents for cashing in on all his games because he is “Grounded”.

    > Revert back to “Violent video games caused his outrage” & “Violent video game bans”.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mreko3230

    I guess if this help them get past all this, then so be it. Its just dissapointing because it just shows, as a country, we haven’t evolved in some areas. They burned Comic books back in the 60′s, heavy metal music in the 80′s and here we are burning video games. I guess its easier to blame it on some “thing” than to look at yourself in the mirror. Media is a reflection of its people- not the other way around.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. RandomTiger

    @2 Well said.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. roadkill

    @2 +1

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    And people have been burning books for centuries before that. Generally the people who did that haven’t been remembered as the smartest guys around.

    They should be buying back guns instead.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    Is that 25$ per trade in? If so that you could really win out as a gamer. Sell aged games that is worth less than that. Trade it in get 25$ use that towards a new violent game assuming the certificate is not towards something specific.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. freedoms_stain

    Although this entire scheme seems nuts to me, burning them is even worse. There are companies who will take that shit and recycle it.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. NeoSquall

    > Useless publicity stunt that claims to not condemn violent games for the Newtown killings and then breaks and burns said media in a public fire.


    #8 2 years ago
  9. The_Red

    Of course! Guns don’t kill people. Video Games, comic books and movies do… Wait, what?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Astral Frost

    It’s a culture of violence. Look in the mirror. The US is one of the most violent countries in the world. And the violence isn’t just perpetrated by citizens, but also by the increasing militarization of police. Look at the wars of aggression overseas and you will see just what real violence is.

    Blaming videogames when a shocking number of its detractors support real violence against children and others is truly hypocritical. And that’s generally directed, I’m not casting aspersions on Newtown.

    #10 2 years ago

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