The Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has left the entire nation shaken — including the country's gamers.
To pay respect to the victims and their families, some gamers are pledging to observe a " Day of Cease Fire," forgoing online shooter games for 24 hours on Dec. 21. The ceasefire was called by Antwand Pearman, CEO GamerFitNation, a website that encourages gamers to get healthy with exercise and a sound diet.
This Friday, players, supporting the "cease fire" through Twitter and Facebook, will hold off playing violent online shooters such as "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," "Battlefield 3" and the "Gears of War" series, among others. This respite will run from 12 a.m. on Dec. 21 to 12 a.m. Dec. 22. (Full disclosure: I am taking part in the "Day of Cease Fire" and promoting it in social media.)
People are signing on through the official Facebook page to take part. Twitter users are supporting the day of alternative game playing with the hashtag #OSCEASEFIRE. Pearman is not asking for donations, though he suggests that people may seek out charities.
"So what if people stop playing shooters for a day. It will be forgotten the next day," Pearman wrote to TechNewsDaily via Facebook. "The point is that in this silence you have time to listen to something you haven't heard in a long time. Something you have been too busy to hear. Too social to hear. and that's....your heart."
The voluntary ban is on shooting games only. That leaves plenty of other recent and older titles, from "Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed" and "LittleBigPlanet Karting" to "Tetris."