Hear! Hear! I'm with you. I see no value in these games and am horrified by the violence in many of them. Although, I might mention that my 19-year-old son has played computer games, rather violent ones as far as I'm concerned, for most of his teen years and he is one of the gentlest people I know (takes after his mother). So maybe they don't necessarily turn kids into blood-thirsty monsters. Still, I don't see any reason to encourage their use.
>>> On 4/2/2007 at 12:28 PM, Jean Campbell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Paul,
> My quick answer is....don't do it.
> The long answer.....
> We had a Winter Carnival here this year and one of the options that kids
> could do was come to the computer lab and play computer games (which is
> normally not allowed). We opened up our content filter for games for the
> afternoon. The day came and went and I thought life was good......a few days
> later I noticed after school that the lab was completely full of 35 young
> men....they were all playing Halo(and it was not homework related...nor were
> they doing research on violent computer games). During the carnival, kids
> had downloaded it and installed it on all the lab computers. They were under
> the incorrect perception that it was fine to play this anytime....and since
> they downloaded it, it ran locally. After reimaging all the machines,
> shutting down a few student accounts and repeated discussions with classes,
> they have come to understand that they can not do this anytime/anyhow at MMU
> as long as I am here. That game is awful, and I know you gamers out there
> are going to!
> come up with all kinds of reasons why it could be deemed ok.....sorry, I
> just don't agree and never will. How can playing these games be in any way
> good for your mind? Our world is violent enough, thank you.......
> Jean Campbell
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>>>> Paul Irish <[log in to unmask]> 4/2/2007 11:36 AM >>>
> Just wondering if any of you have had requests for a school-sponsored Halo
> tournament and what you did. Let me know please.
> L. Paul Irish
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