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V o r c e  | 1 Patrick Vorce Katie Marks Academic Writing: Videogame Violence March 20, 2008 The weekend routine of a normal sixth-grader: wake up, have your mother  make you some waffles, shower, and then decide what to do with your day.  Steal cars?  Done it.  Shoot some hookers?  Boring.  Blow up some buildings?  Did it yesterday.  Nowadays, kids have become so attached to their violent  videogames, that it’s becoming integrated into part of their daily lives.  Many  people have speculated as to whether or not there is a connection between  violence in children and the videogames that they are playing.  The general  consensus is that there is.  But there are many people, including myself, that take  the opposite stance, claiming that not only do videogames not promote violence,  but actually quell many violent urges. Advocates for stronger ratings on violence are quick to point to Gary  Ridgway, a former serial killer and gamer.  Ridgway was involved in the killing of  forty-eight women and openly admitted that he did not remember any of the 
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V o r c e  | 2 victim’s faces or names simply because they didn’t matter to him (CBS News,  2005).  This strongly relates to the argument that most make about how violent  videogames desensitize the player for, often, senseless killing.  As Rockstar  Games, maker of the  Grand Theft Auto  series, advertises on their webpage: To encounter harsh resistance, however, weapons are openly available  and encouraged. The game leaves about a dozen weapons at your  disposal. All these weapons aren't guns either, baseball bats and melee  combat is openly encouraged in this game. You can punch and kick the  law enforcement and anyone else who happens to stand in your way.  Money is also needed for purchases, and money is up for grabs easily in  this game.. Just kill someone and grab their wallet! (GTA3.com, 2002) Another example is Devin Moore, a 20-year-old who committed triple  murderer in 2005.  He explained to CBS News, “Life is a videogame. Everybody 
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