Thursday, February 12, 2009

Loose Morals And Go Fish

I pity the fool who tries to pass Go.In case you're not yet sold on the videogames-and-violence controversy being largely a case of selective reporting, boardgaming blog Purple Pawn has taken the effort to round up no less than nine stories in the last week linking violence to traditional family boardgaming. Go check it out.

These probably came about because people bought playing cards whose contents were not adequately classified. The inherent difficulty in keeping unclassified boardgames out of the hands of children is a real and ongoing issue in our modern society.


State College, PA: Man plays board games with a few guys, and then one of them later breaks into his apartment and wakes him up by molesting him.

Winona, MI: Sex offender charged with molesting a 6 year old girl during a game of Go Fish.

Chicago, IL: Four women beat and stab a man to death after he breaks one of their cigarettes at a card game.

Alameda, CA: Man stabs to death his friend over a game of chess.


juffles said...

Alameda, CA: Man stabs to death his friend over a game of chess.

See, this is just begging to be made into a bad movie. Guy gets stabbed with a sword over a game of chess. camera zooms in close on the stabber for one of several memorable lines, depending on who's playing the part:

* Wesley Snipes: 'Always bet on black.'
* David Caruso: 'This looks like...*dons sunnies*...checkmate.' (WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! *aerial shot of Florida*)
* Heath Ledger: ' ' (....what, too soon?)

GregT said...

Definitely a bad episode of Law & Order. In a story ripped from today's headlines, the cast investigate a chilling murder that leads them into the disturbing world of a "war game" called "Chess".