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botobeno
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07:44:14 PM Mar 7th 2012
I added Charly to the comic books, but it just started having doubts about it belonging here. It is about a toy. His dad bought it for him. But it has capabilities that it's not supposed to have. It might fit better under a slightly different trope. Comic cover showing the toy's size and it's functionality. It's essentially a working miniature starship, except there is nothing inside. There is no tiny crew or engine compartments. The toy as a whole has a sort of personality and mind. One of the issues of the comic is about the boy having nightmares of all the people the toy killed, it's definatly dangerous.
RayneCyro
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11:32:39 PM Dec 27th 2011
edited by RayneCyro
Axed the last part of the Small Soldiers entry.

  • You forget—the reason the Soldiers turn all crapshooty is that the intelligence chips in them? They're guidance chips from missiles, Pentagon surplus (because obviously, missiles have psychopathic, vindictive AI's built in). The Gorgonites had regular action-figure chips.

There's nothing in the movie to suggest any of this. The chips are not inherently psychotic; it's outright stated that the chips are capable of enhancing any programming they're plugged into, bringing it up to (supposedly) human levels of complex thought and learning ability. The problem comes from the inherent "Kill All Gorgonites" programming in the Commandos' being supplemented by the chips; it's outright stated by the creator of the chips that the problem lies in the software of the toys, not the chips. The Gorgonites demonstrate every bit as much capability in the learning and intelligence departments as the Commandos; they're just programmed to be pacifistic.
DrStarky
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09:23:37 AM Nov 4th 2011
edited by DrStarky
I removed some iffy Real Life examples.

  • Of course, it's not unheard of for children to be given real guns in some parts of the world.

This is about deadly toys, not real weapons.

That's pretty funny and totally shouldn't be given to kids, but it isn't really dangerous.
Nautilus1
01:29:15 AM Sep 12th 2012
edited by Nautilus1
Both the guns (with Teddy Roosevelt) and the lawn darts examples for children are poorly chosen. In most modern industrial countries, pre-teens have the legal possibility to learn firearm shooting and longbow (which is far more dangerous than a lawn dart) shooting in licensed sporting clubs and ranges. The training of Olympic shooters starts at very young ages. The only legal restriction is the ownership of the bow or gun, not handling it on the club premises under proper supervision.
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