The Boston Globe reports the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has removed violent video games from state-owned travel centers following last month's mass shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

As the story goes, Andrew and Tracey Hyams were traveling with their 12-year-old son on Christmas Eve from Boston to New York when they took a break from their road trip at a rest area. When they did, they were jarred by the sounds of virtual gunfire as someone played a video game inside. The Hyams, relatives of one of the victims of the Newtown shooting, complained to the Department of Transportation. The agency's decision makers agreed the games were inappropriate, and promptly pulled them from the rest areas in Charlton, Ludlow, Lee and Beverly. Nine such arcade games were removed in all.

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey was quoted as saying a video game in a public space could be used by children of any age, noting that everyone can agree that there's too much violence in our society. While Davey says he didn't make the decision to pull the games, he supported the move.

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      notplaying.games
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did they simultaneously pull the newspapers with their stories of murder, war, and death? Did they remove any dime novels with violent content? If they are serious about limiting peoples access to violent content then they should show their craziness in every medium.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel so embarrassed. What is wrong with my state?
        kingrat001
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
        I felt the same way about my state, Ohio, when they showed those birther nutjobs talking about Obama.
          Tiberius1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kingrat001
          Funny I felt the same way about my state, Ohio, when the nutjobs in the "stoopid belt" (That splotch of blue that runs from The Mahoning Valley west to Toledo) helped re-elect Little Barry Soetoro. So there.
      MTTS
      • 1 Year Ago
      And it begins, an uneccessary and childish attempt at curbing an issue that has little to do with video games. I got a message for people of the mindset these two concerned citizens subscribe to, however in the interest of civil discussion I'll keep it to myself.
      Cheetah
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would be a bigger news story if they said they were banning the games. A place of business (even a publicly funded place, such as a rest stop) can choose to install certain arcade machines or not.
      Neez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Video games don't make violent people. However violent people may use video games as an outlet to express their violence. But in the grand scheme, millions of violent games are played every day and only a fraction of a percent are bad people. So what we have here are dumb parents who think video games will cause you to become violent and kill people. I've been playing violent games since contra on nintendo 8 bit. I've never hurt or wanted to really hurt someone, but i love me some call of duty.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        TelegramSam
        • 1 Year Ago
        We live in a free society so that we can choose, for ourselves and children, what we want exposure to, to some extent. There are not porno booths at the rests stops, is that violating anyone's rights? If you want to play violent video games, surely there is somewhere other than public property where you can do it.
        Gavin Courntey
        • 1 Year Ago
        As you point out, we have considerable problems with knife crime in the UK to the point where school children in cities wear stab resistent vests. You imply in your post that guns are the problem, but then point out that when guns aren't available people simply use knives. If all knives were banned people would use axes or crow bars or something else. The fact is some people will commit violience regardless of any game bans or gun bans. Banning games and guns only serves to reduce the freedom of law abading citizens and does nothing to reduce violence.
          antacid
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gavin Courntey
          Theres a big difference between knife attacks and gun attacks. If there wasnt then why stop at guns? Why not make rockets, grenades, and bomb fitting planes legal? It makes no sense to ban military grade weapons and then say banning guns wont help, if banning weapons doesnt help then why are some banned?
      denniskfc
      • 1 Year Ago
      bandages for internal bleeding
      antacid
      • 1 Year Ago
      who cares what they do, leaving them in or taking them out doesnt make a difference, its their decision and they can do what they want
      Lucky Vanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes thats really going top stop the mass shootings,instead of banning all Guns which are killing innocents. Only reason why conservafilth/teabillies don't want a gun ban is because they have nothing else in their lives to make themselves feel powerful,watch the show Doomsday Preppers & see how delusional,psychotic these losers are &these losers are stockpiling weapons/ammo like candy instead of spending their welfare checks on the dentists or maybe going to college.
        Robert Fitch
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Last time I checked, I may be crazy on this but who knows, criminals don't obey the law. I know, I know. I am just some stupid conservative. What do I know about criminals aside from nearly getting stabbed in a parking lot last month for my lap top. Aside from that I know nothing about criminals and their tendency to break the law. You just enjoy your koolaid while the rest of us live in what's called, reality.
          CB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Robert Fitch
          +1 They should ban stabbing and robbery. Maybe than Mr. Criminal wouldn't have stabbed you. Oh wait.
          Tiberius1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Robert Fitch
          Agreed. Until the law abiding citizen is allowed to continue being a law-abiding citizen, none of us are safe. The anti-gun left must be countered with well reasoned arguments, but then again, when has reason ever been effective with the left, who are governed by feelings, not logic. And with the bunch in charge led by Little Barry and the criminal Holder, we are at a distinct disadvantage.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        What illegal substance are you on? For your own sake, please put down the koolaid and sit down before you hurt yourself. I swear. You gulls believe everything they tell you. Try thinking for yourself for once.
      Louis MacKenzie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where they traumatized and peed in the pants because of the noise from the arcade games? Was the sound of Mortal Kombat and House of the Dead too much to handle? The U.S. has become a nation of wussies.
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better question: Why are there games at rest stops? Will they shut down TVs if they show violent shows? Or how about the news if they report violence? If you can't handle the sights and sounds of the real world, don't travel--stay at home in your little bubble.
      Dreez28
      • 1 Year Ago
      Video games kill people now? Seriously people, this blame game is psychotic. Are we gonna ban popping bubble wrap in public because it sounds like gunfire? We have much worse issues to sort out...like an over-inflated, broke, oppressive government to try and fix.
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