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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Massachusetts is pulling violent shooting video games from state highway rest stops after the tragedy in Newtown, CT.

It all started with a Massachusetts family who stopped at one of those rest areas and was disturbed by the violence they saw.

"You heard it first ... it was a rat-a-tat-tat," said Andy Hyams.

"A kid, teenager standing in front of a video game holding huge lifelike machine gun," said his wife, Tracey Hyams.

They had walked into a state rest stop - not a video arcade - and a video game with characters shooting against the clock was being played just outside a restroom.

"We were shocked stumbling across the scene and thought it was completely unnecessary," Tracey Hyams said.

Especially since the family was driving home from New York on Christmas Eve, passing the Newtown, CT, exit, where the tragic shootings were still so fresh.

So, describing what they saw, they sent a letter to the state requesting "this and similar video game machines" be removed. This week nine machines at four stops were replaced with more family-friendly games - a move the transportation secretary calls common sense.

"How you can raise awareness that this kind of violence is unacceptable, and one of those ways was this small token - but family brought it to our attention and it was right," said Transportation Secretary Richard Davey.

They're machines most people just pass by but for the Hyams it was a noteworthy stop.

"A little step of citizen activism it was gratifying that, that worked," Tracey Hyams said.

This issue is going national, Vice President Joe Biden has been speaking with video game creators about how they can make games less violent.

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