Second Sandy Hook Shooter Ceasefire Planned For Dec 21st

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Second Sandy Hook Shooter Ceasefire Planned For Dec 21st

GamerFitNation's asking for your support, for another day of virtual non-violence.

GamerFitNation's organizing another shooter cease fire, in memory of Sandy Hook. Last time it did this, more than 3,000 people participated, and stopped playing shooters for a day. Now Antwand Pearman's hoping to make it an annual event.

"We decided to do it again this year because there have been lots of issues with gun violence," says Pearman, "so we wanted to make it an annual event in remembrance of those who lost their lives to violence." The Facebook campaign asks participants to get involved from 12am Friday/Saturday night to 12am the following day, and to spread the word via social networks with the hashtag #OSCeaseFire.

It's been argued that organizing an event like this inadvertently links violence in games with violence in the real world but, as the real world has demonstrated again and again and again and again, people incorrectly make that link whether we like it or not.

"It's about us as gamers coming together to do something positive," says Pearman. "I'm not worried or concerned. I feel like we should just do something because it's right, not because it's politically-correct."

Source: Polygon

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Please post your best ideas about what to play instead of 'violent' shooters for that day.

I'm thinking Carmageddon.

Sgt. Sykes:
Please post your best ideas about what to play instead of 'violent' shooters for that day.

I'm thinking Carmageddon.

We could play God of War. Or Ryse if you have the stomach for that kind of thing. :D

I think I'll dig out that Sandy Hook game that guy made a while back out of spite.

"It's about us as gamers coming together to do something positive," says Pearman. "I'm not worried or concerned. I feel like we should just do something because it's right, not because it's politically-correct."

To be the devil's advocate though, what positive effect will this ceasefire have? This reminds me of the infamous "change your FB profile pic to a cartoon character for a day to show you're against child abuse" from a few years back, any reasonable person is against gun violence or child abuse so there isn't much point making a symbolic stand against it. Better even a fraction of those people take actions that could actually benefit people in the real world, such as donating money to charity or writing to their local representatives in favour of tougher legalisation.

Manhunt 2 can be played without any guns, right?

This is simply ridiculous. Are we going to avoid games with explosions because of the Boston bombing too? Boycott flight sims once a year for 9/11? I mean I'd be all for this if it raised money for charity or something but it does not appear to.

Perhaps I'm being too cynical. Just let them have their little pointless event if it makes them feel better I suppose.

This..... is...... repulsive. Yes, stupid people like to link real life violence to video game violence where no actual connection exists, but you DON'T HAVE TO VALIDATE THEM! There is nothing positive about saying "To honor their memory, we are going to not play a certain type of game that actually had nothing to do with the incident but people like to scapegoat it."

You want a real memorium to commemorate the Sandy hook tragedy? Get out there and ask people to remember that while the 2nd Amendment gives you the right to bear arms, you should still respect them and act with the responsibility placed on those that exercise that right.

There are so many things about this country that bother me, but the worst are people that claim freedoms and rights without recognizing that freedom is a responsibility, and instead treat them as a licence to act like children.

Fuck this. This entire thing is the result of a few idiots who still believe that video games make people violent. You want to show support, then do something that actually changes things for the better. Americans always do this. It's always about some symbolic gesture that doesn't actually change anything. It doesn't affect a single snowflake in real life. Because it's easier than doing something real. People should get out there and fuckin' do something about it if they care so much. Like, I don't know, pressuring their senators and governors to push for some fuckin' gun control laws and better mental health support. The US is the only first world country with this issue. No one else in the world is that stupid. Moving away from that place was the best decision of my life.

Sgt. Sykes:
Please post your best ideas about what to play instead of 'violent' shooters for that day.

I'm thinking Carmageddon.

I'll get on STO, fly around with the USS Mightybeard, blow up ships...

All this does is further the myth that "violent" games had anything to do with this tragedy.

I'll try playing Civilization V as Ghandi. The real Ghandi, not the pre-BNW nuke-rush Ghandi.

"It's been argued that organizing an event like this inadvertently links violence in games with violence in the real world but, as the real world has demonstrated again and again and again and again, people incorrectly make that link whether we like it or not."

So you feel idiot stunts like this where you actually give these morons nearsighted views CREDIBILITY will somehow help this issue? I've seen some truly stupid things in my time but this takes the cake.

Sgt. Sykes:
Please post your best ideas about what to play instead of 'violent' shooters for that day.

I'll probably go with Manhunt, or maybe a melee-only run of Hotline Miami.

I'll fire up New Vegas and use melee weapons instead of guns. I doubt the bad guys will also take a virtual, symbolic, totally meaningful stand against gun violence. Those child-hating, gun-toting bastards.

Spaceman Spiff:
I'll fire up New Vegas and use melee weapons instead of guns. I doubt the bad guys will also take a virtual, symbolic, totally meaningful stand against gun violence. Those child-hating, gun-toting bastards.

Oooh, good idea. Dont forget to take the "bloody mess" perk (you know, to show that mellee weapons are as gory as firearms).

No shooters? ok i will go play DEFCON. Nukeing citys and killing millions is ok is it has no guns in it.

Spaceman Spiff:
I'll fire up New Vegas and use melee weapons instead of guns. I doubt the bad guys will also take a virtual, symbolic, totally meaningful stand against gun violence. Those child-hating, gun-toting bastards.

Shadow Warrior Ice Axe run here...

OT: I would not be even a little bit surprised to hear this shit was started by the media assholes at CNN or FOX to try and trick gamers into indirectly agreeing there is a (nonexistant) link between games and gun violence, by "standing down" for a day......

It's things like these that just make Americans seem far too sentimental.

Try stopping gun violence instead of doing stuff like this.

I appreciate their sentiment to some extent, but the Starbound beta's out, and hell if anybody's gonna stop for that on the barest thread of connection.

Yes, lets stop shooting virtual guns in response to a real life massacre.

Why not stop shooting real guns you ask? Oh no that wouldn't make any sense.

I think I'll go ahead and play whatever I like because I think symbolic virtual gestures like this are a stupid idea. But some options for those inclined to play along:

RPG: Witcher 2.
Most MMOs: thinking maybe TERA or FFXIVARR.
TBS/RTS: Shogun 2.
FPS: Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, Dishonored.

Drummodino:
Yes, lets stop shooting virtual guns in response to a real life massacre.

Why not stop shooting real guns you ask? Oh no that wouldn't make any sense.

Because not everybody actually has access to a real gun of course. And those that do have access to a real gun probably understand that this is silly anyways. This was the doings of a real life disturbed person who used a tool irresponsibly to murder people.

I'm not advocating guns for all, I'm just saying, he could have done so much more damage in a high pedestrian area with a vehicle, and there are WAY more people licensed to use those. Put blame where it belongs, on the MURDERER.

No, don't even do that. It only encourages more nut-jobs to do the same kind of thing. As awful as what happened is, more attention and media coverage over it is NOT what is needed. Saying, "it was a crazed psycho" and never even mentioning the murderers name would be the even better thing, but too bad the news loves plastering their names all over.

I'd be a bit upset if my child was killed by a crazed kid with a gun then everyone just wants to say video games did everything.

No, I'd rather blame the fucking murderer who pulled the trigger thanks.

You know what I'll do? Toss in GTA V, drive while observing rules of the road, impose a speed limit on myself (if I can judge relative speed) and not use any weapons. Go sight seeing, take selfies of my day of non-violence in a violent sandbox and prove that I can still have fun without wanton destruction and violence... Of course if I off-road on my ATV and happen to get hurt, well thats my fault. Maybe go base jumping too... Golf a few rounds, play some tennis. Actually that sounds like fun... I would do that anyway whether or not its a cease fire day.
Proving that one can choose note to be a psychopath in GTA is a hard thing to do, I welcome the challenge.
Oh and I'm serious, totally serious. No sarcasm, no facetiousness here. I want to do this.

Karloff:
GamerFitNation's organizing another shooter cease fire, in memory of Sandy Hook.

So, what about every other school shooting?

Why just Sandy Hook?

And why is it only video games? Why not the many books, TV series and films which use guns? Or music which references them in the lyrics?

"It's about us as gamers coming together to do something positive," says Pearman. "I'm not worried or concerned. I feel like we should just do something because it's right, not because it's politically-correct."

But... it's neither. Would it be wrong of me to play a game with guns on December 21st? Would I be morally reprehensible for doing so? Would it offend anyone?

I doubt it. Any of that could only be true solely because this ceasefire has been established.

All this does is perpetuate incorrect correlations and milk the latest tragedy. I will not be participating.

*raising my glas*

This is to the noble heroes who choose to valiantly sacrifice an unrelated source of entertainment for a single day.

I mean, jesus christ, if you can gather the attention of 3000 people, get together and protest or something. Gather a collection to the victims families. Show off the gaming community as a source of good, don't make the implication that not playing shooters is actually doing good.

chikusho:
*raising my glas*

This is to the noble heroes who choose to valiantly sacrifice an unrelated source of entertainment for a single day.

I mean, jesus christ, if you can gather the attention of 3000 people, get together and protest or something. Gather a collection to the victims families. Show off the gaming community as a source of good, don't make the implication that not playing shooters is actually doing good.

Precisely, sacrificing an unrelated source of entertainment for a day does NOT make anybody a hero, or noble. What it makes them is lazy. NOT doing something to "show support" is at the height of facebook lazy "click thumbs up if don't hate bunnies!" type stupidity. THIS is why people ignore online petitions. It takes so little effort, it doesn't demonstrate or mean anything.

What? I... what? What does this accomplish? Is Sandy Hook something people need to raise awareness about? Is there any symbolic link between shooters and Sandy Hook? Why not fast or something equally unrelated? Unless, of course, you think violent videogames had something to do with the shooting. Which is what this is implying in every way possible.

If you want a day to not play shooters on, do September 21st, which is the UN's ceasefire day. The idea is to give humanitarian aid workers safer access to war zones. It would make sense then not to play online shooters for that day. Or, if you're brave, try to convince people playing to peacefully resolve matches. It wouldn't really do or change anything, but I think it would be a cool symbolic gesture.

So if we want to make change we should stop playing games for a day that has shooting? This sounds as stupid people who did the "We will not buy left4dead2" online group and still bought it.

Even by the impressively low standards set by white people protests this is a stupidly ineffectual idea.

This is just more Progressive Leftist bleating. Completely idiotic. Adam Lanza took a day off from playing shooters and that is what started this crap.

"It's about us as gamers coming together to do something positive," says Pearman.

By not playing shooters, directly implying that playing shooters is doing something negative.

Drummodino:
Yes, lets stop shooting virtual guns in response to a real life massacre.

Why not stop shooting real guns you ask? Oh no that wouldn't make any sense.

You're right. It wouldn't.

Sgt. Sykes:
Please post your best ideas about what to play instead of 'violent' shooters for that day.

I'm thinking Carmageddon.

Well, I have Saints Row 4 now. Maybe I'll see how much carnage I can cause with nothing but fists and fireballs.

snekadid:
This..... is...... repulsive. Yes, stupid people like to link real life violence to video game violence where no actual connection exists, but you DON'T HAVE TO VALIDATE THEM!

Playing into the hands of fundamentalists and extremists is what we do in this country. I'm surprised the games industry didn't make another completely voluntary compromise to no good end.

Personally, I'm thinking a mandatory waiting period for M rated video games. And it has to be longer than that for firearms, because, well, let's be reasonable eh?

amaranth_dru:
You know what I'll do? Toss in GTA V, drive while observing rules of the road, impose a speed limit on myself (if I can judge relative speed) and not use any weapons. Go sight seeing, take selfies of my day of non-violence in a violent sandbox and prove that I can still have fun without wanton destruction and violence... Of course if I off-road on my ATV and happen to get hurt, well thats my fault. Maybe go base jumping too... Golf a few rounds, play some tennis. Actually that sounds like fun... I would do that anyway whether or not its a cease fire day.
Proving that one can choose note to be a psychopath in GTA is a hard thing to do, I welcome the challenge.
Oh and I'm serious, totally serious. No sarcasm, no facetiousness here. I want to do this.

I do this fairly routinely. Los Santos has a lot of fun that doesn't require killing. Parachuting and off-roading. I know it's a violent murder training program or whatever, but I always appreciate just how much I can do in it without ever pulling out a gun.

Not that I do it all the time, mind. It's also fun to shoot up things.

But, of course, it's still a game.

The_Echo:
Would it be wrong of me to play a game with guns on December 21st? Would I be morally reprehensible for doing so? Would it offend anyone?

I know people from the area whose first response was to go out and buy guns when it happened. but clearly, playing a shooter on that day would be over the line.

chikusho:

This is to the noble heroes who choose to valiantly sacrifice an unrelated source of entertainment for a single day.

Please be taking the piss....

I mean, jesus christ, if you can gather the attention of 3000 people, get together and protest or something. Gather a collection to the victims families. Show off the gaming community as a source of good, don't make the implication that not playing shooters is actually doing good.

But that's the thing. Protesting is doing something. Gathering people is doing something. Not playing a game is quite literally doing nothing. People aren't heroic for doing nothing. There's no demonstration of positivity here. It's an ultimately lazy and thoughtless symbol. Will this become the gaming equivalent of putting a yellow ribbon on your car? Do we really need empty gestures?

So anyone got reccomendations for a decent shooter to rent? I don't normally like most shooters,but this makes me want to play one...

If this is all about pandering to the conservatives, then I guess I'll be getting out my copy of The Binding of Isaac. What? No guns!

Seriously, this entire thing is just plain... stupid. Not only are video games a completely unrelated topic... Who the hell actually thinks that they're doing something noble by not playing a particular genre for one day? Oh right, it's because not playing a certain game is easier than getting off your ass and actually doing something. Pointless and stupid.

At best this 'event' achieves nothing, at worst it validates the idiots who actually think that the blame lies with the games, that this is some sort of global act of going a day without our 'fix'.

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