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Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence
Is your child receiving poor grades in school in every subject except Computer Education? Is your child spending a lot of time in their bedroom and at home? Then he or she may be suffering from videogame addiction. Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence (MAVAV) is a group that's trying to educate parents about this growing threat. Check out some of the articles on their site, such as "E3: The Evil Entertainment Expo" or "EverQuest: A Threat to Society?" I could imagine a group like this being real, but it's just a hoax created by David Yoo way back in 2002. On this page Yoo describes why he created it and notes that even after it had been exposed as a hoax on Slashdot, he still continued to receive letters from people who thought it was real.
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Posted by Alex on Mon Nov 29, 2004
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well...what else is there that i have to point out that make my point "ok-ish"???? Its simple man.....Parents who dont look out for what there child is playing is the one at fault! It doesent mean you have too be so into there life and know everysingle thing they do raspberry ....but the thing is it comes down to the parent...is the parent smart enough to make a sensible choice to let there child play or buy this game???? all the rating does on a game is tell the purchaser where or not it is a hardcore game or not.
Posted by Mad-Billy  on  Tue Jul 12, 2005  at  02:34 AM
we like playing violant video games so what I understand the explicit sexuality not being right but blood is cool on video games cause its not real.
Posted by Richard Fisher  in  2427covington way  on  Tue Nov 08, 2005  at  03:00 PM
I am sorry but i must disagree with you all. mmorpg's dont do anything to anyone and violent video games don'y cause people to kill. You say you have facts. i see nothing about these that can be factual. and this whole grades thing. i'm sorry to tell you this but i spend almost my entire day on World of Warcraft and i have straight A's honor student and all that =). i say all this respectfully and agree that you should have your own "opinion" ok? i would also like to say this. if you look at a lot of the charts of the child violance rates you will see that the violence rate has dropped drastically since 1980. people see children push eachother and automatically label it violence. But what you have to notice is children are smart and they're just playing. Once someone gets hurt they know somethings wrong and stop. and if they continue it is the irresponsible parents fault and the environment. And please leave your opinions out of your "facts" thank you. O and if you believe games make you a social outcast guess what? your living in the stereotypical white era. It is the new age ok? and plus you guys are being mean to a person who you call a "social outcast" that is called bullying ok? but it is all ok because in a few years the people who played these games will be the politicians and all and they will have grown up around games and understand whats happening unlike more than 3/4's of the people who shun gaming. please play a game before you say it is "extremely violent"
Posted by werd up  on  Tue Nov 15, 2005  at  07:15 PM
Their is nothing wrong with video games.
I have played M-rated games since the seaga genises came out, they DO NOT!!!!!!!! destroy people they are not addictive any one who doesnt like them, fair enough but dont go around pressing your views opun other people

smile
Posted by Sean  in  Ireland  on  Fri Dec 09, 2005  at  05:35 PM
ey yall, heres a fun fact, their fucken video games, grow the fuck up you tight asses!!!
Posted by Your all dumbasses  in  Denver, Co  on  Fri Jul 07, 2006  at  08:12 PM
personally i think that all video games do is relive the stress that people have i their personal live any person that objects to this should go shoot themselves in the head people that play video game are not social outcast and bums in fact they might be smarter then you gamers in todays world see video games as a way of life because face it the real world sucks
Posted by shrek  in  miami,fl  on  Thu Dec 14, 2006  at  11:10 AM
Oh my god, I'm the kid who wrote all those weird message saying I was 10 and that I'm smart, it just amazes me how immature I was back then. So sorry for all those weird messages by me, but my views haven't changed. I still think video games don't make you viokent, and I am now 12 by the way.
Posted by bobby  in  gertr  on  Thu Dec 14, 2006  at  06:11 PM
until i see the day a little man with overalls is shitting fireballs and yelling, "its me, mario" i wont beleive video games phase the mind
case closed
Posted by Eric Fuller  on  Thu Mar 15, 2007  at  01:19 PM
Not really a hoax actually! I have quite a few friends that are computer and game addicts. It serves me for a not-to-do model. As for mothers and parents in general, they should pay attention, for it's really catchy and I've recently read that parents happen to be video game addicts too!
Posted by Rehab for drugs  on  Wed May 30, 2007  at  09:44 PM
history is repeating its self.

first mothers against KISS then TV and now its videogames. whats next? my point is simple and straght foward um... you kind of people will always find something to wine and Bi#th about cause you don't like it or aprove of it. hey heres a little info that will shake up your little bi#ching prolbem people are naturaly violante but it has slowly been supressed my socity. videogames do not make people violante.
in reguards to the sex issue that is caused by hormoanes not videogames. the only thing they do is entertain people. you do not understand because you don't want to or your an idoit either way its your fault. and heres something to prove it in a way u might understand......

Evloution is a mystery full of change that none see's and makes a fool of history. see your refelcetion change knowing nothing stays the same and learing life is a GAME we all know wat it means that NOTHING IS EVER WHAT IT SEEMS unforgivewn unforseen
Posted by Dave  on  Sat Jun 16, 2007  at  12:06 PM
VIDEO GAMES RULE PARENTS ARE JUST JELOUS!!!
Posted by AdAM  in  kentucky  on  Fri Jul 13, 2007  at  07:46 PM
Ok, First of all I don't want to offend anybody here but I am going to anyway. Another thing is that I have excellent grades and no I suck at computer education. Another thing is that I do NOT spend all my time in my room. When I do its with like 4-7 friends. The reason I posted this here is that I want EVERY SINGLE GOD DAMN PARENT THAT AGREES WITH THIS SITE TO HEAR THIS: There is a rating system on the cover of the game its called ESRB! It rates the games based on violence and language ect. If you think that the games you children play are too violent for them.... STOP FUCKING BUYING THEM! The only way they can get a extremely violent game (Rated M for MATURE!!!) is if a PARENT thats you, buys it for them. You have to be over 17 to purchase them. And don't tell me that one of there "older" friends bought him it. Because judging on the kind of parent i !THINK! you are, you will not let them have friends. And if you're one of the few people who's child killed them selfs over a video game Im sorry but it was not the game that killed him, IT WAS YOU'RE OPPRESSIVE PARENTING! And finally my ending note... JESUS TAP DANCING CHRIST IF YOU"RE CHILD PLAYS TOO MANY VIDEO GAMES SMASH HIS FUCKING XBOX!

P.S.: PLEASE SEND ME HATEMAIL AT MY EMAIL ADDRESS
I WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO SHOOT YOU'RE WORTHLESS OPINIONS DOWN!!!!
Posted by Jack R  on  Thu Jul 19, 2007  at  06:16 AM
see we need to discuss pie so we can eat more pie and pie will be eaten especially pumpkin pie cuz its good but we need more pie i made luv with yo mommas pie
Posted by pie  in  pie  on  Mon Jul 23, 2007  at  12:51 AM
I'm an adult and I like violent video games. I would never do it in real life but iof I could playna game where I could go into a Mall or Columbine and just unleash I would definitely play it.
Posted by Mark Davis  in  New Zealand  on  Thu Nov 08, 2007  at  09:24 AM
Video games do NOT affect us as kids...

If they did we would all be running around dark rooms eating pills and listening to repetitive muusic!

Oh wait... Fuck you pac man!!! You got me into pills which led to a long IV meth addiction where i never even wiped my crusty spoon or filtered my street gak which sometimes has hairs in it.. good rush though if you did up all the half gram at once.
Posted by Grange Bulleh Mekakuspheer  on  Thu Nov 08, 2007  at  09:27 AM
If you want to censor what your kids see until an older age maybe you as the adult should censor them instead of taking the first amendment right from the video game makers.
Posted by Josh  in  Lolzville, England  on  Thu Nov 08, 2007  at  03:50 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothers_Against_Videogame_Addiction_and_Violence

-...cough cough-
Posted by Lady Zoe  on  Tue Dec 11, 2007  at  11:30 PM
Rather then making people use self control and making parents do PARENTING you decided that video games are evil, what a bunch of bullshit. If you have an addictive personality and want a smoke you SHOULD have the freedom to smoke, WE DO NOT LIVE IN A COMMUNIST STATE! I've been playing video games since I was around 6 years old and am now earning a 6 figure income and I donate to a number of charities. People progress in life the way they see fit and that is their choice NONE OF YOU have the right to take those choices away no matter how holier then thou you act, no matter how much morally upright you think you all are you have NO RIGHT to take the any choice away from grown people. YOU ALL MAKE ME SICK.

On a side note
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We've had enough of bush.


You're Video game advocite
Posted by Video game advocite  on  Sun Dec 16, 2007  at  06:32 PM
There is nothing wrong with playing video games. Its when it happens too much that it is bad. Thats why parents need to control how long a kid plays. The corporations can't do that. It seems like these moms r just contradicting themselves. Its kinda their fault if their kids r losers whether its because of video games or not. Just remember, too much of anything is bad.
Posted by Paul Bluebonnet  in  Whales, England  on  Sun Jan 13, 2008  at  04:27 PM
I personally know that there really isnt much evidence at all to support jack thompson but i think this is an issue of society how can we say we are so against violence and immoral behaviour right after the virginia tech shootings jack thompson claimed that cho sueng hoi had played violent videogames when police had only found sonic the hedgehog in chos room lying is not a good moral/family value something else we need to think about on the day of the columbine shootings the u.s dropped a few thousand pounds of munitions upon serbia killing thousands of civilians and yet we blame bits of media for our childrens misbehavior and many times mothers constantly blame videogames for there misbehavior and yet these parents never even sit down and talk with there kids it makes me wonder where society is going
Posted by politics rule  in  midwest  on  Thu Jan 17, 2008  at  09:48 PM
At the original site it says that a teens room should be deviod of everything electronic. including clock radios. that when i figured out it was a hoax
Posted by Leo  in  VT  on  Sun Sep 07, 2008  at  03:05 AM
You can`t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth. free mp3 songs
Posted by Violette  in  US  on  Fri Nov 13, 2009  at  02:27 PM
games do not encourage violence. they are entertainment simple. there not real. teach kids about reality and fantasy. its parents fault why kids do these violent things. the kids havent been taught about reality and fantasy yet
Posted by kent  in  london  on  Thu Jan 14, 2010  at  04:06 AM
you stupid mothers videogames arent causing your children bad grades you are cause your a bad example to your children so stop moaning and get a life and look after your children properly and leave videogames alone
Posted by anthony  in  planet earth  on  Tue May 04, 2010  at  03:39 PM
On one side gaming is always an exercise in preparing for the real world. There are a whole lot of competitors who are fighting for the same causes that you are fighting for.
Posted by Chris L  on  Tue Jul 06, 2010  at  12:57 AM
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