Massachusetts Removes Arcade Machines
When a family visited a rest stop that was less than an hour away from Newtown, Connecticut, there last year's Sandy Hook rampage took place, they were shocked when they witnessed an adolescent guest spending time at an arcade gaming machine. He played a shooter and the family found that to be unsuitable. They didn't want to accept that someone played such a game so shortly after a rampage that took place in such a short distance (although it was a different state). They therefore filed a complaint at the government of Massachusetts which also runs the rest stop.
The government reacted promptly and removed all unsuitable games from their rest stops.
This decision prompted the NCAC (National Coalition Against Censorship) to comment on that action, calling it an overexaggeration to react so fast and drastically just because a family complained. Where should that end? Will a future complaint be sufficient to ban DVDs, magazines or books?
Except of this complaint and the media coverage, the NCAC doesn't have plans to further pursue this issue even though it is clearly categorizable as censorship and even doubtful in a legal sense.
This behavior isn't new and reminds us of similar incidents in other countries such as Germany. In 2009, shortly after the rampage at a school in Winnenden, two retail chains decided to ban games for adults from their shelves, just to put them back there later on.
It's surely just a question of time until Massachusetts will have action games in their rest stops. Until then, guests have to accept that Time Crisis and Beachhead 2000 are not available.