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Game Off – Financial Investing With Ethics

financial investingAre you one of the harried parents who have given up on controlling the video games your children play? We hope not but in case you’re feeling rather out of the loop when it comes to the younger generations gaming habits, here’s a guide to the worst offenders in the industry regarding sexual content, alternative lifestyles, and violence. We’re hoping you decide not only to limit your child’s exposure to this sort of “entertainment” but exclude it from your financial investing as well. By that we mean don’t invest in these companies or mutual funds that do. They don’t deserve your financial support. Wonder if God plays Grand Theft Auto?

Grand Theft Auto
Since we brought it up, let’s go ahead and haul out one of the most massively successful video games in history, from a sales perspective. That’s about all it has going for it. The list of activities in this game that are inappropriate for children is a long one but let’s give it a shot. Bondage, prostitution, misogyny, gay and lesbian lifestyles, intense violence, swearing, and free-wheeling drug and alcohol abuse. Now this might sound like just another Saturday night in some towns but we’re of the the opinion it’s not worth your money or your child’s time.

Saint’s Row
Pretty much ditto everything we said for Grand Theft Auto, except the developmental geniuses of Saint’s Row put their heads together and came up with the idea of hiring real-life porn star Tera Patrick to not only help design the story lines but become a playable character in the game. Like GTA, Saint’s Row missions revolve around the drug trade because it’s such an awesomely cool thing, you know. Idiots. Not a good target for ethical financial investing either.

Bioshock is another good, by that we mean bad, use of your investment dollar. We’re actually getting sort of bored describing these games already. This one is another predictably, mind-numbingly violent, gross, profane, abusive assault on the senses. Skip this one too if you’re looking to put your money where it does the least damage to society. Yes, these games are allegedly intended for mature audiences only and we all know that means that nowhere on this planet are they being played by persons under the age of 18.

And there’s your thumbnail sketch of the worst offenders when it comes to financial investing with ethics. Whew, if you’ll excuse us, we feel like we need to take a shower to clean up. It almost feels like a waste of time to even discuss mass media diversions such as these however, as they say, it’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it.

The Solomon Success Team

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