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I know I posted this link here, but I feel this deserves its own thread.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/7.396449-Call-Goes-Out-For-Shooter-Cease-Fire?page=1


And I am against this for the same reasons some of the escapist users already said in the comments
I appreciate the sentiment, but I think it'd make more sense to just call for a moment of silence as a whole and then maybe suggest during those 24 hours that people don't intake violent media in general (not just games). (And yeah, the point about it kind of being an admittance of guilt is viable as well.)
Post edited December 18, 2012 by Gazoinks
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Elmofongo: And I am against this for the same reasons some of the escapist users already said in the comments
I don't know what are the reasons that escapist users gave but, while most probably the initiator(s) had good intentions, I sadly don't see anything positive coming out of it.
Wow, just wow. How about instead of taking a break from shooters, we stop all gun shooting for a day...see how that goes...bs
Oh cool, next time when an airplane crashes, we will all stop jumping, because there's momentum involved as well.
I can't see how it's supposed to do anything they're suggesting it'd do. If it was a "day during which we don't play games in which you attack a school and kill a bunch of kids like a worthless shit", I'd understand what they're getting at, but right now I feel it has about as much comforting value as publicly announcing that you're not going to eat paprika for a day.

The bit about gamers using this to show that they care or whatever is some pretentious rubbish. "Hey, hey! Look at us! We care!". Honestly, I feel it's not much better than how the other media is handling it.

It's actually making me angry.
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Adzeth: It's actually making me angry.
Not to mention... Yeah, it was a tragedy. But every single day, more people get shot and noone even raises an eyebrow. It seems ... Unfair, somehow, as if all those other wasted lives were somewhat less valuable than people who died in the US.
Post edited December 18, 2012 by Fenixp
If he really wanted to make an impact he'd ask gamers as a community of people to show support by each donating what they can (from a dollar up?) and giving that to the families of the victims. This would have a tangible result as well as avoid making a statement on the issue of violence in the media. As someone who runs a website he could have set up the donations through his website and provided them with some relief.

However, it ends up looking like the gaming community owes these families some sort of penance due to the nature of some video games and their supposed role in tragedies like this. It ultimately ends up doing less good than it could have. What a shame.
I agree with Gazoinks' point about calling for 24 hours without any violent media, instead of just shooters. If that were the case, I would be in total support. Not because I think that violent media is to blame, but simply out of respect.
I think it is something everyone should do after such a terrible thing. Take a bit of a break from media that glorifies violence.

Personally, I haven't been able to bring myself to play a shooter since Friday. It just feels wrong.

[/my 2 cents]

edit - spelling
Post edited December 18, 2012 by AdamR
Why not just call for people not to intake any violent media at all? At least that way it's a token gesture that's not singling out an unrelated community for no particular reason.
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AdamR: I agree with Gazoinks' point about calling for 24 hours without any violent media, instead of just shooters. If that were the case, I would be in total support. Not because I think that violent media is to blame, but simply out of respect.
I think it is something everyone should do after such a terrible thing. Take a bit of a break from media that glorifies violence.

Personally, I haven't been able to bring myself to play a shooter since Friday. It just feels wrong.

[/my 2 cents]
It's so great I said it twice! xD ^
Post edited December 18, 2012 by Gazoinks
"Chyeah, good luck with this. Since when have the majority of gamers been compassionate enough to take up any cause except playing Half Life 2 to try and get Valves attention. As others have stated, this is perfect bait for fuckwits like Fox News to latch onto."

Apparently playing a shooter on the 21st means you are not compassionate.
Does it really matter though? I mean, the world's going to end then anyway.
I can appreciate the sentiment (and I dislike most shooters anyway) but one day without violence is far, far from solving a problem that's linked to America's horrible mental healthcare infrastructure.

I don't like a lot of people carrying around assault weapons, but a culture that looks down on people who have issues as "freaks" and "not men" is far more responsible for driving people insane than any video game or weapon could possibly be.
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luminusjohn: If he really wanted to make an impact he'd ask gamers as a community of people to show support by each donating what they can (from a dollar up?) and giving that to the families of the victims. This would have a tangible result as well as avoid making a statement on the issue of violence in the media. As someone who runs a website he could have set up the donations through his website and provided them with some relief.

However, it ends up looking like the gaming community owes these families some sort of penance due to the nature of some video games and their supposed role in tragedies like this. It ultimately ends up doing less good than it could have. What a shame.
Well said.
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luminusjohn: If he really wanted to make an impact he'd ask gamers as a community of people to show support by each donating what they can (from a dollar up?) and giving that to the families of the victims. This would have a tangible result as well as avoid making a statement on the issue of violence in the media. As someone who runs a website he could have set up the donations through his website and provided them with some relief.
The modern relief, money - pour enough of it and aaaall problems will go away.

Want to -really- do something good?

If youre in school, go to talk that loner student who is always chosen as last in sports class. If youre at work, go eat lunch with that college you sits next to you, but whose name you can barely remember. Do you ride the bus? -offer your seat to the old lady. Stuck in traffic jam? Dont even think about shouting other drivers, even if they dont know how to drive - change the radio channel to some chill channel and dont stress about something you cannot affect.

World is not going to be destroyed by some Mayan calender, Nostradamus prophecy, Niburu falling from sky or even the newest CoD 666 - its going to be destroyed because we fucking forgot how to smile to strangers and say thank you & youre welcome.

/rant off