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Did violent video games cause London riots?


simonjary
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Is there any truth in a policeman's claim that violent games such as Grand Theft Auto cause riots like the ones we're seeing in London and other UK cities right now?

This is already being debated on games sites, and is sure to crop up in the speeches of politicians returning early from their summer holidays.

We'd like to know your thoughts on computer games and real-life violence.

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seekit

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FE I fail to see how you can differentiate between a computer game virtual world and a film depicting real-life people. In essence, they're both virtual worlds where everything is fake. Despite all the denials that computer games, films, television contribute to violence, it's difficult to see any other source of inspiration. A feeling of social injustice, deprivation, lack of breast feeding or any other cliche trotted out may be said to be the underlying cause, but the style and degree of violence looks too close to that seen in computer games, films, television to have come from anywhere else. There's always been violence in society, but never like this.

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Paddy

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It is very strange that polititions are all appearing on TV sucking through their teeth and Tut Tutting at the carrying on of rioters looting when just a year or so ago they were cought looting (yes looting) yours and my money from the national purse. Now we are watching the highest levels of the police being investigated for corruption (money being paid by news international to them) The Financial sector tucking billions away in their greed. You do not need to try lookiing into all of the dark corners of 'maybe its this or maybe its that' if you set a climate of greed and dodgy dealing from the top, then it is hardly surprising that the 'dross' will follow suit with'we will have some of that'. KETTLES CALLING THE STOVE SHINY ASS? PM

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spuds

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Snec

Your summary of the past seems to sum up a lot of things, that some of us well remember.

Regarding "mix of cultures", I think that you might find that we may have something to learn from that. Only yesterday, there was a television interview that was based on a Turkish community that had 'fended off' a possible riot situation. The various people, mainly shop owners, that were interviewed, all stressed that at the time of need and safeguarding the community, it was their culture that stepped in to action to defend their own!.

You may well find this same 'culture of defence' will already exist in some community areas. Unfortunately, when this is forced into action, deaths or severe beatings will occur!.

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Graphicool1

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"Did violent video games cause London riots?"

No of course they didn't!

In my opinion it's just a cop out, no pun intended, but if the cap fits. They have to say something and where better to point a finger than at something that's been pointed at for similar things many times in the past; and no doubt will be again in the future. They're just clutching at old straws!

Think about it, Londoners aren't the only ones who play video games. So if it were true and there were such games that could influence a populace in this manner; turn otherwise, decent, law abiding people into a rabid mob, with a blood lust; there would be outbreaks like this in every city and or town throughout the world! Wouldn't there?

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Quickbeam

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10 reasons to apportion the blame, Come on down & take your pick!

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sunnystaines

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NO

they are low life criminal class every town has them [did you see the sceme on tv] showed no interest at school either did not attend or caused disruption, life's aim is drink,drugs, benefits and crime no interest in a days work or helping others nearest human can get to being a parasite on other humans.

they all jumped on the bandwagon in copycat riots to get something for nothing, no fear of courts and prison as these are too soft these days.

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rdave13

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It's a problem brewing from a long time ago and it won't stop. It's festering and I think will get very much worse.

All I can add is we have too many 'cultures' in this small island. Nothing whatsoever to do with 'games'.

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Aitchbee

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QB - The ten subjects would fit nicely on a 'Bully Board'. http://www.retrojunk.com/details_tvshows/822-bullseye/

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