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Violent video games put parental judgment to test

Newtown killings intensify misgivings

Harrison Steier, a pleasant but persistent 14-year-old, has spent the past few months trying, without luck, to persuade his parents to let him buy ­Assassin’s Creed III, a violent video game about a weapon-wielding half-Mohawk, half-European figure who roams the colonial American frontier. Recently Harrison tried a new tack.

“It’s set during the Revolutionary War,” the Marlborough High School freshman pointed out, “so it’s a history lesson.”

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