Apple in hot water over 'baby shaker' computer game. - page 4
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Apr 26, '09Quote from Spidey's momYes, exactly!I'm certainly not saying the game causes Shaken Baby Syndrome. Just that it is disrespectful and wrong to those of us who have seen babies who have been abused and it just isn't funny.
Apr 26, '09I can certainly empathize with the pain those of you who have experienced the damage done to babies through shaking that the thought of this game might cause. I am sorry that you have to relive that experience due to a major corporations sloppiness.
That said, I don't think portrayals of evil induce evil behavior. Anyone here read a Greek trajedy? Seen a Shakespeare play? IMHO it is our fear and knee jerk reaction that propagates poorly understood harmful human behaviors. Doesn't this game in some way contribute to the education of people about the harm of shaking a baby? The red x's over the eyes are indicators of harm.
How do we address and understand the problems faced in dealing with the frustrations of caring for an infant? BTW I think leaving an infant unattended in a house while not in the house constitutes neglect, should we be shaking our fingers and calling for prosecution? What if the baby aspirated or choked or found a way to fall or get caught? I am sure many would be enraged by the neglect.
It is not uncommon for frustrated parents to immerse a child's feet in boiling water this is largely unknown outside the medical professions, would a game depicting that raise awareness?
We can be so quick to condemn without considering context and true impact.
On the topic of video games - there is a new video game that is getting many dedicated couch potatoes to exercise and creating interaction across the generational gap (WII). Would that have been developed if video games were considered a threat to public health and resticted some time ago? Also the military uses video games to train (high tech simulations) so video games can develop complex skill sets that may be beyond the reach of those who did not grow up using them.
Apr 27, '09I think only a small % of respondents have said they see any direct correlation between violent video games and true violence.
However, that doesn't mean we cannot be appalled at the game.
And no, I don't believe that playing a game where you immerse a crying baby's feet into scalding water would be a good way to educate the public.
As to leaving a baby in a crib . . . .is that not what parents do when they put the baby to bed? And then go into the living room and turn on the tv? Walking a few more steps into the front yard does not constitute neglect. Walking outside to take a deep breath and say a little prayer and maybe get on the cell phone to ask for help is not neglect. It is being a responsible human being.