After a tragic school shooting in Germany, an advocacy group known as Aktionsbündnis Amoklauf Winnenden staged a “Killer Game Burning,” in which gamers were encouraged to bring their violent video games for incineration inside a dumpster.
The group is made up of friends and parents of the victims of the shooting, who must have spent a sizable amount on the dumpster given its size.
The result? One copy of Grand Theft Auto, Def Jam: Fight for NY, and Small Soldiers for the Game Boy. The latter was a rather awful platform title based on a semi-childrens film (PG-13) about toys that come to life to do battle in a small neighborhood. One can assume that donation was a joke, as a commenter on GamePolitics noted the other two were brought along by a camera team, although there is no confirmation on that.
It is sort of incredible this type of fear-mongering still exists so long into the video game violence debate. This is a debate (and not much of one) that has raged on for 16 years, beginning around 1993 with Mortal Kombat and Night Trap, ignoring some early flare ups with titles like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Death Race.
At the very least, the lack of success (an understatement) shows few seem to be falling for this anymore, or a distinct lack of promotion could be the cause as well. If anything positive came from this, a copy of Small Soldiers for the Game Boy will no longer fall into the hands of any gamer, a worthy cause by itself.