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Comment Re:Hoorah! (Score 2, Funny) 2424

It's true that this is a positive development, but it's only a good first step in America's bid to catch up with the rest of the civilised world. Congratulations, Americans! Here are some more issues you can work on:

  • Do something about that embarrassing death penalty business.
  • The metric system. It just makes sense.
  • Get rid of some of those ridiculously small denomination banknotes. I can't believe you still have, and commonly use, a banknote worth about €0.74.
  • Stop unnecessarily remaking foreign films, especially ones that are already in English.

I'll get back to you if I think of anything else.

The Media

A Unique Perspective on a 'Game-Related' Tragedy 378

Megnatron writes "Penny Arcade has a letter from the stepmother of one of the kids who was recently charged with killing a homeless man. Her article is an extremely sobering tale of the problems dealing with troubled teen. She explains how, in this situation, the parents did everything they possibly could. And, in a refreshing twist, she absolves the games industry of any blame for the tragedy these kids perpetrated. From her missive: 'Video games DID NOT make this kid who he was, and it's unfortunate that the correlation is there. The thing that really gets me with this whole thing is that the kid knows full well that by equating what he's done to a video game, that he will generate controversy and media coverage. It makes me sick that the media is jumping all over this, because that is exactly the result that he wants. The only good thing (if there is such a thing) that has come out of this whole ordeal is that the kid is behind bars. That is exactly where he needs to be.'" Her letter is a passionate, troubling story, but well worth reading.

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