After the tragic Newtown, CT school shooting, another CT town had planned to destroy violent media (including video games) in exchange for giving families gift certificates to a local restaurant, the Lake Compounce amusement park, or a bowling alley.
But now the town of Southington has canceled the proposed event, saying they've "achieved what they set out to do," which thereby makes the actual destruction process unnecessary. As reported by Polygon , spokesperson Dick Fortunato said:
"We succeeded in our program. Our mission was to create strong awareness in Southington for parents and families and citizens and children. And we accomplished that. Our other objective was to promote discussion of violent video games and media with children and with the families at the home. And we've accomplished that in spades. So we deemed it became unnecessary to have the physical return on Saturday of violent games. Also because it would create an unnecessary amount of logistical details for us."
So maybe they only wanted to get the idea for the event in the news, so people could start talking about it, and they never intended to destroy anything. If so, I have to admit, that's pretty clever. If not, it's undoubtedly in response to quite a few people going, "Uh…how close is that to a Nazi book burning?" …maybe it's the latter explanation.