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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 11:28 PM
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My Own Little Piece of Reality..
So I just asked my little ones, while they were playing "Borderlands"...

I asked them why they were being so cruel and deliberately blowing off their opponent's appendages after they had already killed them.

The girl, 7, said; "Because it's funny!"

I said; "Would that be funny in real life? Would you think it was just as fun?"

My very own Dolly said, "No... that wouldn't be fun."

"Why not?", I asked.

"Because this is a game, it's not real."

"So, if someone attacked you, then what would it be like?"

The Boy, age 9, said; "Well, then it would just go back to being a video game for her."
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 11:32 PM
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1. So much for the claim by anti-game nuts that kids don't understand the difference between fantasy...
...and reality.
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 11:34 PM
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2. I don't understand
Do you think she does not understand the difference between real life and a game? or that the game has made her violent?
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 11:38 PM
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3. It's ok if it isn't clear at first. The point is that they understand the difference implicitly,
but also get that there is a point where reality turns back into something 'simple'.

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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 11:42 PM
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4. oh ok, cool
I was thinking this was going to be one of those "evils of gaming" threads that pop up from time to time :D
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 12:17 AM
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7. no, the point is YOUR kids understand the difference
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 11:56 PM
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5. The final response,
"Well then it would just go back to being a video game for her," does imply to me that kids this young may actually have a problem understanding the difference between violent video games and what exactly real life violence looks, feels, smells, sounds, and tastes like.

I was not there in Tucson, and I've never seen anyone shot or badly injured in any way, but I strongly suspect it's a whole lot different from video games.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 12:12 AM
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6. Get those little ones away from this crap......
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 12:20 AM
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8. Why would you give them Borderlands?
Yikes.
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 12:39 AM
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9. Borderlands is an excellent game
If you visited the gaming forum and read my review you would know that.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 12:51 AM
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10. I took my 2nd grade students to a parade one year
We were sitting there on the sidewalk watching the floats go by and a girl fell off a float right in front of us. The back wheel of the trailer the float was on ran over her head. There was blood everywhere. It was horrible. This was about 6 feet away from where we were sitting. Nearly everyone in the crowd gasped. I felt a poke at my side and turned to see the face of one of my 2nd graders who asked me "Was that real or pretend like on TV?"

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