[Update: Those looking for the play’s script can grab a copy via Wikipedia.]

I was at the local Blockbuster this past weekend picking out a movie and, completely by chance, came across a movie called “Bang Bang You’re Dead“. It was a made-for-TV movie on Showtime that was inspired by a play called “Bang Bang You’re Dead”, which was inspired by the various school shootings from a few years back (eg, Columbine, Paducah, etc).

The movie was great and really gave viewers a sense of the hopelessness many teenagers face growing up. Also, it serves as a good lesson in trying to get at the heart of problem rather than just jumping to false conclusions… Anyway, I won’t go into it too much - you’ll have to watch the movie :)

But, in part, it demonstrates that the hysteria/scapegoating of violence in games is time wasted. It is nice to see that some parents are starting to agree

Finally, in related news, GameSpot has a huge feature on controversy in games titled “When Two Tribes Go to War: A History of Video Game Controversy“.