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Edited by Recon Number 54: 9/9/2014 1:37:59 AM
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I'm not allowed to play Destiny anymore. :(

Well fellow Guardians, it looks like my adventure is coming to a premature close as I can no longer play Destiny with the lot of you because of unfortunate circumstances. It seems that Destiny is no longer allowed in the household. After finally downloading the beta, setting up my exo hunter and jumping into the game for a few hours, I was met with a powerful urge to use the bathroom after sitting for so long in my room, exploring Old Russia and beating the Devil's Layer (twice!). I knew that it would just be a quick trip across the hall to the bathroom, so I left the game running and didn't think to lock my door as I left my bedroom, the first mistake in a series of terrible tragedies. So, there I was just doing my business in the bathroom, eagerly thinking about what I was going to do next in game. Maybe I would go into the Crucible and try out some of my sharpshooting skills on my trusty sniper, or maybe I'd message one of my friends to see if he had finished the Beta download yet. The Beta had been great so far, and playing it with my friend would have made it 1000X better if my mother hadn't suddenly yelled from behind the bathroom door, "WHAT IS THIS!" Now, to give some context to my mother's attitude towards video games, let's just say that she thought Pokemon was a morally questionable game as it had you capture "little raving monsters" into "confining prisons" only to let them out for "bloodthirsty battles that make dogfights look tame". To sum it up, she was against video games for the most part and only allowed certain ones in the house, and that was on very rare occasions. The only reason we got a PS3 was for Little Big Planet as she thought it was cute enough to not be that harmful to my development. So as you can guess, when my mother walked into my room looking for me and was greeted by the sight of a large machine gun pointed at the remains of a Fallen Dreg, you can figure out how she reacted. "WHAT IS THIS!" Quickly washing my hands and exiting the bathroom, I saw my mom standing in my room looking at the TV screen and then turning to me with a pretty angry look on her face. I thought about running just to escape the lecture I knew was coming, but her angry eyes held me there like a butterfly pinned under glass. "Is [i]THIS[/i] what you've been doing in here? Playing this [b]AWFUL[/b] game for the past few hours!?" I told her that I was and that it was the first day of Beta. I tried to explain to her that it was a really fun game with not a lot of graphic violence, and that even though it had guns in it, it really wasn't that bad. Of course body on the screen didn't help, but I had to try something to stop her from freaking out even more. I even tried calming her down by saying that it was free to download, but that certainly didn't help as she suddenly thought that thousands of horribly violent games were readily available on "that gamestation" for free and she started questioning me if I had downloaded anything else of a suspicious nature. After her lecturing me about online pornography, how violent video games make you a violent person and how I was still young and impressionable from every form of media, she ended the talk by saying, "Just wait till your father hears about this." And wouldn't you know it before she left the room, she walked over to where my playstation was, unplugged it with a forceful jerk and walked right past me into the hallway, holding the playstation like it was an old, dirty rag in need of disposal. I don't know if I can even describe how sad and broken I felt in that moment. When my dad came home a few hours later I wasn't sure what to expect. Whenever he talks to me, it always seems to be in a more professional manner than a fatherly manner. Maybe it's just how he was raised, but I know that I will never see my father as a close, warm friend. When he came inside the house he smiled and hugged my mom, but as soon as he saw me, his face calmed and turned into a silent stare. I knew he was angry at me, and that silent stare brought more terror into me than any yelling could ever do. He set his work things down and calmly walked into the kitchen to sit in his chair at the small wooden table we had from years before. It was his silent signal for me to come sit down and talk with him about what had happened earlier. My father sat there with his back to me, just simply reading the newspaper as I approached the table. He didn't say anything to me when I sat down next to him and he just waited a couple of minuets before speaking. "So, how'd your day go?" I told him it was good. That was all. I knew he wouldn't ask the question right away. "Your mom called me earlier today, she asked how work was going, you know how she is, and if we would be able to take a trip up north later this year. I think that if scheduling goes right, and your grandparents are available, then we should be able to go sometime in mid-August. What do you think?" I said it was fine. The trip would be fun. "I think it will be quite enjoyable too." He paused for a moment. "Your mother also told me that you and your friend Ashton were planning on playing a game today. Something called Destiny?" I nodded, knowing what was coming. "And it's a video game?" More nodding. "I see." "Now you know how we feel about video games, correct? And you [i]especially[/i] know how we feel about violent ones, right?" I don't even move my head, I just look down at the floor. "I know you do. Now while I was at work, I took some time to research this game of yours and you know what interesting things I found out? It is indeed a violent, shooting video game. Now what made you think that it was okay for you to play that without first asking us? I know that you are growing up, but there are very concrete rules that everyone in this household must abide by, and while you are still living here, you must follow them." My eyes are closed tight, my face still towards the floor. "Another interesting thing I found out was that there are very specific looking monsters in this game, I believe that they were called the Fallen and the Hive, that resemble very dark beings, almost demons if you will. Is that really the type of game I want my son to play? I don't think so." "Along those same lines, I found in the game that there's something called a Devil Walker?" My young brain can only come up with one thought amidst the pain, "Shit." "Now I'm not sure if you already knew about this so called Devil Walker in the game, and if you did you would definitely know the consequences, but amongst everything else that's wrong with that game called Destiny, that is the one thing that we cannot tolerate whatsoever. I believe I made it perfectly clear when you were young that anything pertaining to the Devil is not allowed in this household. [b]Nothing[/b] at all." It was the final nail in the coffin. A warm stinging starts to fill my eyes. "So as you can see, that game of yours violates one of the most fundamental rules I have laid down, and action must be taken to remedy this violation. You will delete any trace of that game from this house and you will have restricted access to the playstation, do you understand?" A single grieving nod. "Furthermore, you will start attending biblical school more often as you have obviously strayed from your teachings by disobeying your father and you mother. These are the consequences for your actions. You're dismissed." I wiped the tears from my face and got up from the table. I could barely see through the layer of saline in my eyes as I walked down the hallway to my room. With the broken hopes and dreams of a wonderful gaming experience, I cried myself to sleep thinking about the lost game that I'll never play and the fact that I fu[i]c[/i]king hate bible school.
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  • eeeeeeeh, I remember those days, I remember not waiting to be able to GTFO of that household Problem solved :) sorry for ya kiddo. Conservative Republicans suck
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    • Well that's depressing. Hopefully you can join us again.
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      • Oh, Christ. You need out of that house, kid. Clearly you're a smart guy; I hope you're college-bound soon! I feel for you...
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        • Your mom sounds like a B1TCH... No offense
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        • Sorry, parents think by actions like above they actually have control...you can out smart them, and you are a good writer, hope you follow it up. Best of luck to you.
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        • Uh....
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        • God that was dreadful to read. I'm not trying to knock on your parents specifically, but I hate anyone go thinks video games make someone a "violent" person. I've been playing violent video games since my dreamcast days and I bet if you put a gun in my hand and told me to shoot a criminal, no matter how horrible his crimes were, I probably wouldn't have the heart to do it, taking a life is just something I can't see myself doing. Violent media can't affect a normal person, it's all based on their mental state and, especially children, how their parents raise them. I feel for you and hope you can escape that prison soon.
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          • Edited by TMU Ghost: 7/18/2014 6:36:50 PM
            For how well this is written I feel as if this story is fake, don't get me wrong. I enjoyed reading it, but its just too well done. But if by some chance this is your reality, well then.. Here's what you need to do. Go up to your dad and ask him if demons and devils are bad. More then likely he will say yes. Now you will reply with "Well dad I'm saving the entire solar system from a bunch of demons, trying to save the last of humanity by fighting for the light. And if you are going to get in the way of that, then I think you need to go back to bible school and get your shit straight." Good luck man.
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            • Uptight and over controlling parents make more aggressive individuals than violent games do IMHO. It's a game, it's fantasy, get over it people.
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            • Good. It's not the violence that's a proem it's kids wasting hours and hours during critical brain development. I played games as a kid but with moderation and spent most of my time with friends and healthy outdoor activities. I'm Guessing your not a teenager and shouldn't be playing this game anyway
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              • This is so fake. Dustin is a known troll.
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                • Maybe you should take up less crazy pursuits like organised religion... /sarcasm.
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                • Fake! A great read though. Home them writing skills cause I think there's a future in it for you :)
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                • >People taking this shit bait.
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                  • I myself am a christian, but not even I am THAT orthodox. Tell you parents that you character is a holy being revived from death by God (the traveler) and is given holy weapons to slaughter the multiple minions of hell and reclaim the world for man.
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                    • Edited by abelsinh: 7/18/2014 6:44:16 PM
                      10/10 Redaction | Sucks to be you OP.
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                    • omg:( wow. i really feel your pain. that treatment is INSANE. you have total common sense and are very articulate i can tell. im pretty sure blowing up a devil walker with a sniper rifle isnt gonna make u mimic it in real life. religious fanatics scare me honestly. damn...if i knew u in real life id buy you a copy of destiny and let u come over and hook it up on my other tv to play. i feel so bad for u. maybe try to sit down with them both calmly and explain better how u feel about the game and what it means to u to be able to play. tell them u mean no disrespect to their beliefs. they feel u have disrespected their beliefs i guess...i feel like they disrespected YOURS too. try to tell them both how u feel. im sorry and i hope u can play. keep us posted.
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                    • Man.. I started tearing up for this kid. Excellent writing though!
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                      • Lol only babies on playstation. Sucks your mommy won't let you play
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                      • Not sure if this is real, but if it is I feel sorry for you.
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                      • I'll take it that your parents are very religious? Man, that sucks. You forever will always be remembered as a guardian. Looking on the bright side, this franchise will go on for ten years. Hopefully you'll be old enough to buy it by then.
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                      • Lol when will parents learn that video games don't determine the outcome of a child it is how they perceive them that's why you have a talk with your children to tell them they know it is fake and nothing should be done in real life that you see in a video game and see how they act as they play if they are overly aggressive take it away they are not mature enough but if not you'll be fine and it's proven that video games do help children's development to an extent so don't be irrational
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                      • Your writing skills are legit. I feel for ya buddy. I've never lived through such a situation. My old man played video games with us. But, having gone through 13 years of Catholic school, I understand your distain for -blam!-ing bible school. Cheer up kiddo! It does get better.
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                      • Whelp... Sucks to be you
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                      • Edited by Doodz: 7/18/2014 6:52:34 PM
                        That sucks man. Well... just keep telling yourself this: "When I graduate and end up with a good career, I'll buy and play ALL THE VIDEO GAMES I can afford!!!" My parents weren't as strict as yours, but they were stingy and didn't buy me every console or game that I wanted. I was only allowed 1 game console per 5+ years. I could only get a new game or console on my bdays and xmas. If I got bad grades they wouldn't give me my weekly allowance and I could rent any new games for a week and was forced to replay whatever game I owned or could borrow from a friend. Well... now that I'm older and have a job, I'm taking my revenge on them! I've been buying EVERYTHING I wanted! From a gaming PC, to every single Xbox and Playstation console, to every single Nintendo console and handheld. To buying hundreds of dollars worth of games every month. Subscribing to PC MMORPGs and so much more. I'm living my childhood dream right now and I love it! So just endure it for now. Adulthood is the the best time to be a gamer!
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                      • If this is all true, your moms a total bitch.
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