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The value of gaming > the value of human lives

Critical Gamer: What would it take to make you think about the fact that your gaming hobby might be contributing to real world suffering? An anonymous claim that the factory workers who make your discs are criminally underpaid? Reports of iphone factory – style suicides? Or how about this one, which there is reason to believe may be true: That your gaming consoles contain minerals mined to fund the devastating Congo war?

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Merivigian2931d ago

I don't own an iPhone, so shame on you, selfish Apple gamers! Pssh, if you can call that gaming.

FishCake9T42931d ago

I would be up for buying Fair Trade games. If they do it for food why not for games?

PoSTedUP2931d ago

its not just minerals and consoles, its many things, including the gas that you put into your car, the food that you buy and the slave labor and wars that are fought over it. the truth is, it is your money, our money, that is funding these wars and brutal crimes against humanity in many shapes and forms all over the globe over many things. sigh the petition and lets see how many of you who signed buy the ps4 or xbox 360 after. the whole world now is just a fight for scarce resources. it is not that complicated to take action against the smaller (but also significant problems) like the minerals in the congo. but they fight wars for money, just like we do, they murder and kill for us and our money just like our nations fight for us and our money. i obviously have mixed feelings about this because i am only one man wth a mind. we can sign the petition HOPING sony nintendo and MS listen because i really like my gaming. but for everything else that goes on in the world, you can not stop it, sad as it is, i mean if everyone agrees to get a long and share lol. but if you have every american surrender, we would become vulnerable and be blow away by our enemy, thats getting 300 million people of the same nation to agree, and just the thought of the outcome is unrealistic for that to happen. there is no end to evil, only when the earth gets destroyed. we should take action and follow through, but will we? it is hard to avoid all of it, but the few we are aware of is all up to ones heart to decide what they will do. you can encourage people, but thats like preaching to people to stop smoking, they have to do it on their own. we should be ashamed even if the console petition works because it is much deeper then that, that is barely scratching the surface. "every coin is a bullet"

PoSTedUP2931d ago (Edited 2931d ago )

its not just minerals and consoles, its many things, the truth is, it is your money, our money, that is funding these wars and brutal crimes against humanity in many shapes and forms all over the globe over many things. sigh the petition and lets see how many of you who signed buy the ps4 or xbox 360 after. the whole world now is just a fight for scarce resources. it is not that complicated to take action against the smaller (but also significant problems) like the minerals in the congo. but they fight wars for money, just like we do, they murder and kill for us and our money just like our nations fight for us and our money. i obviously have mixed feelings about this because i am only one man wth a mind. we can sign the petition HOPING sony nintendo and MS listen because i really like my gaming. but for everything else that goes on in the world, you can not stop it, sad as it is, i mean if everyone agrees to get a long and share lol. but if you have every american surrender, we would become vulnerable and be blow away by our enemy, thats getting 300 million people of the same nation to agree, and just the thought of the outcome is unrealistic for that to happen. there is no end to evil, only when the earth gets destroyed. we should take action and follow through, but will we? it is hard to avoid all of it, but the few we are aware of is all up to ones heart to decide what they will do. you can encourage people, but thats like preaching to people to stop smoking, they have to do it on their own. we should be ashamed even if the console petition works because it is much deeper then that, that is barely scratching the surface.

PoSTedUP2931d ago

to all- they fight wars for our money just like our nations fight wars for our money. our nations use slave labor, child labor over seas, violating their rights instead of helping them so they can sell products to us for cheap and make more money for themselves. this is just the obvious though... "every coin is a bullet"- the next time you drink coka cola or buy your store bought goods, or your next console, think about what it took for you to get it. how many lives, how many rights violated, how many GORUND ZEROS our nations have caused in other country's to get the wealth they have today. the fact is: IT COULd HAVE BEEN YOU. take shame in your government, but i understand its hard no to be thankful for some of the lifestyles we live. if you were them what would you do? right now, what WILL you do. dont think you can solve it all. do the minimum and sign A petition, doesnt have to be the one about gaming, not everyone is perfect.

D4RkNIKON2931d ago (Edited 2931d ago )

lol yeah iphone games are usually crap no doubt. I have an ipod touch and the games are better than android phones but not by much. Although I have been playing Sonic 2 on my itouch a lot lately. Can't wait for Sonic 4 to hit PSN and itunes!!

knight6262931d ago

why not blame the government? isnt it the governments fault for having a low economic? open market or what not? yea companies are going to other countries to let them make their product but at least they getting paid...might not be enough money but if it puts food in the table then they should be happy. yea i guess the working conditions might be dangerous for kids but its not the companies idea its the manager incharge of the company who is hiring them and true its the companies fault for not checking on that. isnt that the parents fault? its easy for someone like u a gamer to blame the parents for letting kids play violent video games but why not blame the parents for letting their kids work in dangerous condition places

DontShoot-Me-Bro2931d ago (Edited 2931d ago )

If these kids were not making these games or discs or consoles or whatever, then they will be starving and dying.

Whether thier getting under paid or not, they are getting money so they can feed thier familys and wake up everyday.

IT DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT, but there is no way to stop it, thats the truth. If people are going to complain and protest then still go out and buy the product, then your just contradicting yourself << i think thats the right word.

You say 1 thing but do the oppisite.

The People that can make a difference, dont care, i mean G8?, the worlds richest nations, they can poor billions and billions and billions into thier banks during this recession but cant help out these starving people in third world countrys.

All governments are corrupted and America is 1 of the worst.

In the words of Micheal Jackson... 'All I Wanna Say Is That They Dont Really Care About Us'

Jockie2931d ago

It's not about sweat shop labour it's about purchasing minerals from a country (for use in the manufacture of electronic goods), where the money spent goes directly into funding a war. So in effect, buying a console = funding violence. Obviously it's more complicated than that and it's not akin to directly giving them money, but we as consumers should demand more responsibility from the people selling us the goods in where they source their materials.

PoSTedUP2931d ago

its not just minerals and consoles, its many things, including the gas that you put into your car, the food that you buy and the slave labor and wars that are fought over it. the truth is, it is your money, our money, that is funding these wars and brutal crimes against humanity in many shapes and forms all over the globe over many things. sigh the petition and lets see how many of you who signed buy the ps4 or xbox 360 after. the whole world now is just a fight for scarce resources. it is not that complicated to take action against the smaller (but also significant problems) like the minerals in the congo. but they fight wars for money, just like we do, they murder and kill for us and our money just like our nations fight for us and our money. i obviously have mixed feelings about this because i am only one man wth a mind. we can sign the petition HOPING sony nintendo and MS listen because i really like my gaming. but for everything else that goes on in the world, you can not stop it, sad as it is, i mean if everyone agrees to get a long and share lol. but if you have every american surrender, we would become vulnerable and be blow away by our enemy, thats getting 300 million people of the same nation to agree, and just the thought of the outcome is unrealistic for that to happen. there is no end to evil, only when the earth gets destroyed. we should take action and follow through, but will we? it is hard to avoid all of it, but the few we are aware of is all up to ones heart to decide what they will do. you can encourage people, but thats like preaching to people to stop smoking, they have to do it on their own. we should be ashamed even if the console petition works because it is much deeper then that, that is barely scratching the surface.

scruffy_bear2931d ago

Total agree with you, G8 needs to see Africa as an investment, not a charity case

SuperStrokey11232931d ago

Well said! Its sad that we are worrying about our huge houses and cars the drink gas like there is no tomorrow and as a result prop up a banking system or what have you for 10x the amount it would cost to move into this war torn, impoverished countries and feed and educate ALL OF THEIR AND OUR CHILDREN!

Its a travesty, im just as guilty as the next guy though.

Cubes2931d ago

Great article that brings to light what many gamers would be unaware of. The large companies who invest in these countries have a moral responsibility to stop this happening, and politicians like Keith Vaz need to see the big picture, rather than their narrow minded views on the evils of gaming.

DemonStration2931d ago

It really makes you think. But it seems we'd do more for the situation in the Congo by standing on our political power rather than the power of our wallets. We need to speak up and let politicians and peacekeepers know that this conflict needs our attention.

Hudahudahuda2931d ago

Wow...

Feels terrible, man.

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