Critics attack video-game violence

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Critics attack video-game violence

As the pre-Christmas shopping frenzy kicks into full swing, critics of video-game violence again are voicing concerns.

U.S. senators Joseph Lieberman and Herb Kohl, along with an antiviolence lobbying group called the National Institute on Media and the Family, have released a report condemning the gaming industry for creating violent products with no socially redeeming value.

The critics singled out Interplay Entertainment Corp. for its “Kingpin: Life of Crime,” in which gamers take on the roles of heavily armed street thugs.

The publishers of the report say the wave of shootings in U.S. schools this year underscores the need to curtail the marketing of violent video games to the nation’s youth.

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