Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bully Ban

The Canadien Teacher's Federation is calling for a ban on Bully...the newly released game that is...

Bully is a sandbox game set in a school environment. The game focuses on Bullworth's newest student, Jimmy Hopkins. As he advances through his academic career at Bullworth Academy, he may interact with the school's students and teachers, as well as people from the neighboring towns, many of whom will give him errands to complete. (Click on article title for full description from Wikipedia)

He is greeted by Gary Smith, a scheming, unstable sociopath and Pete Kowalski, a shy student who has yet to make any friends. Jimmy has to navigate his way through the five cliques at the school — the Bullies, Nerds, Preppies, Greasers and Jocks — as well as the Townie kids, the school faculty and all the other adult townsfolk. Unlike other games from Rockstar no two characters in Bully are the same, and every character has a name.

Jimmy Hopkins has a multitude of weapons available, although they tend to run along the lines of things a school boy might actually attain, such as slingshots, bags of marbles, stink bombs, and later in the game, a bottle rocket launcher and a spud gun.

Without a doubt, bullying(the act of intimidating and harassing)is a horrible cancer on our public school system. However, kids today have far worse examples to emulate than a cartoonish video game including friends, family, coaches, and most damning of all ~ Their Teachers.

For an ongoing discussion facilitated by the gaming community,click here

For information on the position taken by the CTF,click here

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