A small town in Connecticut announced last week that it would be hosting a program that allowed people to hand in violent video games — along with similar media — in exchange for gift certificates, but the community behind the scheme has now abruptly cancelled the plan. Dick Fortunato, a member of the Southington community, says that the program was designed simply to raise "strong awareness" and "promote discussion" of the issue, and that those goals had been reached. Fortunato may have let slip one of the real reasons for the cancellation, though: "It would create an unnecessary amount of logistical details for us."
"It would create an unnecessary amount of logistical details for us."
The original plan saw members of the Southington community handing in any form of violent media in exchange for a $25 gift certificate from the local Chamber of Commerce. The program drew criticism from a myriad of critics, with some likening the destruction of the media to censorship. The furore surrounding the program, plus the logistical programs, most likely contributed to its demise, yet families may still see a gift certificate yet. Southington SOS will hand out gift certificates to families who discussed violent video games with their children, but the details of that initiative have yet to be revealed.