Friday, September 14th 2007

Parent Group Upset Over Wii Gun Controller

Some games for the Wii may not be so family-friendly after all: they require a gun-shaped controller to be played. This is getting parent groups extremely upset. Parent groups claim that this is a "bone-headed idea". Some extremists claim that the Wii gun controller will train kids to aim and shoot, which, according to them, will make them become killers and psychopaths. One "very concerned grandparent" even went as far to proclaim that an application to the NRA should be included with every gun-shaped controller.

A quick glance at the controller, which you can buy here, hardly makes it seem all that bad.


Source: The Inquirer
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96 Comments on Parent Group Upset Over Wii Gun Controller

#1
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
OMFG! IT'S GOT A GUN!


people, lighten the fuck up. seriously, arcade games like area 51 and time crisis have had gun shaped controllers for years and yet you never hear about them.
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#2
Wile E
Power User
Great, just what we needed, more groups to blame video games for potential violence. Nothing like passing the buck for your own shoddy parenting I say. /sarcasm
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#3
jocksteeluk
i can see their point since some members of society lack self responsibility and blame their actions on everyone else to enable them to claim compensation. Forget the fact that real guns are available to purchase lets just blame games again.
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#4
xylomn
omg i am sick an tired now of people trying to shift blame for all the worlds ills to video games.

Gun shaped controllers are nothing new.

Its stupid that parents nowadays think that its up to companies and the government to bring up their kids and teach them right from wrong. Take some bloody responsibility for f**k sake, I bet over in the US anyways nearly all the parents who complain will own real guns themselves.
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#5
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: zekrahminator
Some extremists claim that the Wii gun controller will train kids to aim and shoot,
This is good. I would not want my child shooting and missing.
which, according to them, will make them become killers and psychopaths.
BWAHAHAHahahahahah ... this is where rational thought left the discussion.
One "very concerned grandparent" even went as far to proclaim that an application to the NRA should be included with every gun-shaped controller.
That's not a bad idea either. The NRA does a fine job of making sure our right to own guns is not trampled on and taken away.
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#7
HAL7000
This is ridiculous, for hundreds of years we have been giving our kids toy guns, if this was the case we should have an extensive world wide epidemic of sociopaths running around shooting everyone, and we do not.

What we clearly have here are psychopathic complainers that failed as parents themselves or are those hidden killers waiting in the dark to kill maim or torture. They are the ones that would also complain that the Kool-Aid jug character is a molester. Bottom line, they are clearly deprived individuals that need extensive testing and need to be locked away in an institution for behavioral observations themselves.

Toy guns, video games or any other innocent items are easier to blame rather than the parent or the individual for being just plain f**ded up. IMHO
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#8
Sasqui
by: zekrahminator
Parent groups claim that this is a "bone-headed idea". Some extremists claim that the Wii gun controller will train kids to aim and shoot, which, according to them, will make them become killers and psychopaths. One "very concerned grandparent" even went as far to proclaim that an application to the NRA should be included with every gun-shaped controller.
Fucking idiots. If they taught thier kids how to respect and use a firearm correctly, perhaps the world would be a safer place. I was on a shooting range firing a .22 rifle at the age of 8. Hunting squirrels with a shotgun at 10.
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#9
lemonadesoda
WAIT. It is resonable to RETHINK and possibly implement some sort of appropriate policy over "guns", whether deadly, "non-deadly", or mock, ie. toy guns.

Killing people is illegal.

So is raping children.

Should we allow a Wii remote plastic controller penis for the simulation of child rape?

And then using the gun controller to shoot them, in a kindergarten spree?


/// THIS IS JUST AN EXTREME EXAMPLE TO MAKE A POINT.

I personally love FPSers. But at the same time I think it is correct to implement some kind of policy over controllers in the same way as there is a policy (and legislation) of movie and game ratings.

I dont have the answer. But someone needs to be "responsible" for the issue.
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#10
Sasqui
by: HAL7000
Toy guns, video games or any other innocent items are easier to blame rather than the parent or the individual for being just plain f**ded up. IMHO
AMEN
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#11
newbielives
I plan to train to become a psychopath using this gun controller. This will teach me the reflexes, skills, and concentration needed to hone my aim and shoot technique to master assasin level.
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#12
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
For fuck sake. Theres nothing wrong with that controller. God knows what they think of a lightgun, omgzors! a lightgun has a trigger and is a proper shape for a gun! Big fucking deal, all those "parent groups" need to shut the fuck up.
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#13
jurrasstoil
I see a tremendous relation between the decreasing amount of "hobbies for the elder" and the increasing amount of "complaining about every f***ing nonsense"

We should maybe ban knifes from dinner, since you could learn how to stab... hail to the spoon!
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#14
Snipe343
its also for the wii no super viloance games even come out for the wii
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#15
Casheti
Sad sad people..

It's a controller. That's it.
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#16
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Wow ... they are not going to like the Wii controller I'm working on ...

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#17
Sasqui
LOL @ Kreij :roll:

http://www.ericmannadistributing.com/political.html

This is an extract of a National Public Radio (NPR) interview between a female reporter and U.S. Marine Corps General Reinwald regarding the General’s sponsorship of a Boy Scout Troop at his Marine base.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Reinwald, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

GENERAL REINWALD: We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?

GENERAL REINWALD: I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

GENERAL REINWALD: I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: But you're equipping them to become violent killers.

GENERAL REINWALD: Well, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?

The radio went silent and the interview ended.
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#18

you know, my kid is in cadets, and so were alot of people i know. they would put a .45 in your hand and tell you that if you couldn't lift it high enough to hit the target you should at least hit a bug on the ground. now, while i have had to defend myself on a few occaisions in the military, so i don't count, my friends have nothing to do with the military and are definetly not psychopaths. if you gave them half an hour to get re-aquainted with the weapon, they could probably hit bulleyes for an hour
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#19
Mediocre
Did these parents forget DUCK HUNT for SNES in the 80's? Its the same damn thing they played when they were kids!

I mean WTF, no kids went on shooting rampages in the 80's, that didn't start happening til the late 90's...

I agree with most of the posts here - Parents are just looking to pass the blame for their PISS POOR parenting skills.

At the most, violent games (and guns) de-sensitizes kids to the violence should it happen IRL. I think this is a good thing, my boy won't be afraid to keep fighting off the hordes trying to take over the world (aka Ben Clarke :D)

BTW - My 4 year old plays BF2. Is he going to be a physco? I doubt it. He already knows half of the hunter safety course
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#20
Thermopylae_480
Don't most kids have toy guns that look more realistic than this that they run around shooting at each other? Pretty sure they have, nearly as long as guns have been around. I know I did.
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#21
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
Same here Thermo, simple thought I always lived by ...

If you dont want your kids to have it then dont buy it! Simple and yet so effective.
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#22
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
More adult games is just what Wii needs.. I'm not a fan of blood and violence, which I find disturbing if it's too much, but "adult" can mean so much more. Remember the f***-word in The Longest Journey? ;)
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#23
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
UPDATE !!

TPU News (tm) correspondant Zekrahminator talked with Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata
about the concerns that Grandparents have with the new Wii controller.
Mr. Iwata was quoted as saying,

"Are you fleakin' kidding me ? Terr Glandma to get a rife."
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#24
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Kreij

BWAHAHAHahahahahah ... this is where rational thought left the discussion.
this is around the part where i start becoming a murderer since i had duck hunt on my SNES...
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#25
Polaris573
Senior Moderator
I agree with the Grandparent. I was a good wholesome kid until I played duck hunt on my friend's NES. Turned out it was a "Gateway Toy" and I quickly moved on to ever more violent objects. Next, was a rubber band gun, then a BB gun, and finally the big time a .22 caliber pistol. My world of fun and violence came crashing down around me when I suddenly realized all this had made me a psychopath, and I went on a murderous rampage because that was what my toys told me to do. So, as I speak to you from prison, I want to remind you "Friends don't let friends play with objects that, may or may not, have a loose connection to violence".
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