If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Duluth News Tribune)   "Bringing a scaled-down version of Indiana's Gen Con convention to Duluth would only increase the amount of violence to which Duluth is exposed"   ( duluthnewstribune.com) divider line
    More: Stupid, Gen Con, Duluth, political convention, gaming convention, sexual excitement, violent video games, violence, University of Minnesota Duluth  
•       •       •

4712 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Dec 2012 at 4:04 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

2012-12-18 01:24:09 PM  
6 votes:
Good idea. The last Gen Con I heard about was a virtual bloodbath.
2012-12-18 05:30:53 PM  
3 votes:

I hate sites with the stupid and no comment section where I can subtly explain to them their wrongness.
2012-12-18 05:07:25 PM  
3 votes:
I'd laugh, but this is sad.

As I told my mother when she freaked out about my interest in Dungeons and Dragons back in my teens: "Mom, the person playing has a choice to do anything like rape, loot, and pillage with their character. Do you really think you raised your son do anything but save the day by being the hero?"
2012-12-18 04:22:23 PM  
2 votes:
What about reading violent books? I read for pleasure, and some of the books I read describe acts of violence - sometimes even in the 1st person. Is it going to turn me into an autistic savage, bent on mayhem and slaughter?
2012-12-18 04:17:12 PM  
2 votes:
Gen Con is not a video game con. They have a presence there, yes. Why is the author treating it as such?

Can the author cite a direct example linking violent behavior to Gen Con?

Would Duluth turn down a sports franchise? Because people who go to those play the exact same kind of video games.

The author is an ass.
2012-12-18 04:08:36 PM  
2 votes:
A study done by Craig Anderson and published in Glen Spark's book, "Media Effects," found the "exposure to violent video games is casually linked to increased aggressive behavior, increases in aggressive thoughts and feelings, higher levels of physiological arousal, and less helping behavior."

At least it's only a casual link. It'd be news if they could find a causal link, though.
2012-12-18 01:10:44 PM  
2 votes:
pixelatedgeek.comView Full Size

Godless Killing Machines
2012-12-18 12:53:05 PM  
2 votes:
I can't say I've ever seen an Axis and Allies or Settlers of Catan game go THAT sour.
2012-12-18 12:20:40 PM  
2 votes:
How much violence do we suppose Gen Con has brought to Indianapolis?

People are panicking over violence right now. A town has been traumatized, and a nation has been traumatized by proxy. But recent trauma victims, be they people or societies, are not known for their decision-making capabilities. There's a reason people are advised to wait a significant amount of time -some say six months, some say a year- before making any important changes after something huge.
2012-12-18 10:31:49 PM  
1 vote:
As the guy who brings the only video game to GenCon year after year, this makes me giggle.

getinthepods.comView Full Size

I bring the BattleTech cockpits where you get to simulate driving a 30 foot tall walking tank to blow up other 30 foot tall walking tanks.

As we were once owned by Disney family members, I assure you that there is no blood or images of humans related gore in the BattleTech: Firestorm product.

When the 'Mech blows up, you are ejected and translocated into another 'Mech. Rinse, repeat.

This article has to be a joke.

Please let it be a joke.
2012-12-18 05:15:27 PM  
1 vote:
My son will play in a hockey tournament in Duluth in a couple months. Good thing there's no violence associated with hockey.
2012-12-18 05:03:15 PM  
1 vote:
I'm not a gamer or whatever the heck that person was wigging out about but please, internet, shame that "communications major" mercilessly until they have absolutely NO chance of acquiring a job in journalism.

2012-12-18 05:03:08 PM  
1 vote:
So in the "studies" one was published in a book whose title reveals its bias, and another says that gamers "might" identify with the main perpetrator (totally unbiased wording there) in a game.

That's some quality research there Lou.

But I suppose that violent games "could" be corrupting youth and making them dangerous and terrible citizens. Just like:

heavy metal music
violent movies
violent TV shows
rock music
swing music

/I'm a gamer and maybe I'm getting old but I don't recognize those much anticipated, cutting edge games
2012-12-18 04:44:25 PM  
1 vote:
Well, Man, that would be like, your opinion.

What a croc o chit. Same respected medical source as, say, the Real Raped Womens Just Shrug It Off crapper?

If the Nannys could just demonstrate herding cats successfully before they try humans, I would feel so much better.
2012-12-18 04:39:44 PM  
1 vote:

Smingleigh: The solution is simple. Reduce the XP reward for killing the locals.

That won't work, then they'll just have to kill even more locals to level up.
2012-12-18 04:24:38 PM  
1 vote:
Video game violence? Come on Duluth, pull the remote control out of your ass.
2012-12-18 04:23:31 PM  
1 vote:
Everyone's looking for something to blame.
We'd be foolish to think they'd stop at blaming just one thing.
2012-12-18 04:17:44 PM  
1 vote:
That might be the most idiotic drivel I've read this month...
2012-12-18 04:07:55 PM  
1 vote:
FTFA: "Jo Cooley is a communication major at the University of Minnesota Duluth bad at satire and/or trolling."
2012-12-18 03:08:17 PM  
1 vote:
I read that article twice and still can't figure out of it was satire or not.
2012-12-18 02:41:56 PM  
1 vote:
Here's a link to the Kickstarter project to get it there.

Launched: Nov 21, 2012
Funding ends: Dec 22, 2012

75 Backers
pledged of $42,000 goal

3 days to go


Or set up false outrage to get the Kickstarter generating money.
2012-12-18 02:38:12 PM  
1 vote:
Gary Gygax would get a kick out of this if he was still with us.

On a related note, here is a video I made regarding the origins of Gen Con.

The Visionary of Gen Con
2012-12-18 02:09:54 PM  
1 vote:

sniderman: Godless Killing Machines

I've seen guys like that kill Krispy Kremes by the dozen.
2012-12-18 01:40:16 PM  
1 vote:

Snarfangel: Good idea. The last Gen Con I heard about was a virtual bloodbath.

Beautifully done.
Displayed 24 of 24 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter

Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.