Parents in anti-Wii Blaster uproar

The 'games make kids violent' furore has now turned its fiery attention on Nintendo as the company gears up to launch the gun-shaped Wii Blaster Remote attachment. Angry parents are in fits over Nintendo's decision to release the peripheral for the family-orientated console. "Great, this is what we need," said one furious parent blogger. "Children with guns learning how to aim and shoot. Then we can sit back and wonder what is happening to our country with kids killing kids."

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Shadow Flare3934d ago

Wii-blaster ya know. Nintendo is a wierd company

MyNutsYourChin3933d ago (Edited 3933d ago )

I understand the argument and it is true that toys which simulate real weapons will eventually lead a small percentage of kids to use real weapons. Unfortunately for the argument, it's likely that the percentage of kids who grow up and use weapons without previously using a Wii Blaster (or whatever) is much higher. This implies that the majority of kids who will use weapons is independent of whether or not the kids use these plastic replicas. Thus, the argument fails.

GuardianEarth3933d ago

What absolute morons. You know, I have a crazy idea for them. If they don't want their kids playing with them then DON'T BUY IT.

I swear, nobody did this with the third party gun peripherals. Nobody did this with the NES Zapper. These "parents" are so slow in the head.

THE_JUDGE3933d ago

long it was going to take for people to figure out that the Wii would cause problems if you made more mature games for it. Yea give the kid a fake gun and teach him how to shoot accurately at the tv so when he gets pissed off later on in life and shoots someone he can blame it on the videogames he played when he was younger. genius. That will make sure no one has games with guns in the future.

unsunghero283933d ago

Are you actually blaming VIOLENCE on the Wii now?

Jesus, some people are never satisfied...

i Shank u3933d ago (Edited 3933d ago )

i grew up on duck hunt and dont want or feel a need to shoot anything. do you, THE JUDGE, after all the games you've played? i doubt it, and hope not :p
anyone remember the story about the 10 month old baby who get a shooting license? here's the link if you've never heard of it

now. if i can take my 5 year old to the shooting range, have him own guns, take him out in the wild hunting and blow a deers brains out (or impale the deer with an arrow, either way it gets pretty messy), then my little junior should be able to play some damn duckhut!

WafflesID3933d ago

IF they made? ok...IF They made more mature games?


While the wii does have a library of games geared for younger more casual audiences (Which does NOT make the games any less fun) it isn't competely absent of mature games.

DwightOwen3933d ago

... and I'll kill anyone who disagrees with me. :)

DeadlyFire3932d ago

BS Judge pure BS. Just because you can aim accurately with a plastic gun doesn't mean you can hit crap with a real one. Weight for one real guns have a bit of weight to them. Recoil for another when you fire a platic gun for the game console there is NO recoil. When you fire a real gun you get some recoil. Aiming a real gun is different from a plastic one. Even if you could learn how you would have to want to teach yourself how to use a real gun in the first place.

I agree 100% with Owen here. Games don't make people violent. Just look at Iraq they have no videogames and they watch each other drive car bombs into each religious faction over there. We have TV and Videogames where we can blow up about everything we want to and not have to leave our room. As games get better looking and more realistic less people will want to have violence in the real world. Just think of something like the Matrix 50 years down the road where you can jump into the Matrix online or Star Wars Galaxies and touch and feel the world like you are living inside of it and duel some people. Now that is Playing Beyond. :P At least that is my fantasy of it.

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Rooftrellen3933d ago

"I think it's irresponsible for Wii to come out with a controller that looks like a gun so kids can play games simulating shooting. What kind of message are we sending as parents when we buy these things for our kids?"

This person crashed into a wall of idiocy right away but managed to take one last breath to almost make someone out there respect her.

It is irresponsable for Nintendo to release these things because of the message you send your kids when you buy them? What?

Maybe you should attack people who make real guns, because what kind of message are you sending to your children when you buy them a real gun? Don't say you wouldn't buy them a real gun, because you just placed the responsability on Nintendo for you buying the zapper which you think is terrible!

In fact, I'm suprised anyone has a child that's alive if they blame the companies for being irresponsable for them buying what they do for their kids. Don't blame the company when you buy rat poison for your kids and they die. You didn't have to buy it just because it exists!

That simple little quote right there says it all. She says Nintendo is an irresponsable company, because of the message she sends when she buys the Wii zapper for her child.

I can't believe someone is going to buy the Wii zapper and claim to be a victim of some crime! I also can't believe that someone is so rich they feel forced to buy every product on the market for their child...I can think of a lot better ways to use the money than buying something for you kid they probably don't want and you don't want them to have.

GuardianEarth3933d ago

You've made an extremely excelent point.

WafflesID3933d ago

"It is irresponsable for Nintendo to release these things because of the message you send your kids when you buy them? What?"

You could have stopped right there and still had one of the more intelligent posts I've read in a long time.

Obviously this discussion (violence and video games) has seen countless variations and viewpoints, but that right there is an INCREDIBLY strong point.

bubbles to you man.

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