An unfortunate muddle of fear and disgust towards violent game content was expressed by the Anglican church last night – with its legislative body calling for strict regulation of games.
A Church of England general synod meeting saw the subject of game content re-treaded, with the council calling on the government to implement tighter controls on game advertisment campaigns.
There is a bubbling sewer of gratuitously violent and sexual pornography and games all around us,” said Church of England synod lay member Tom Benyon.
I have seen its pernicious effect. A family member saw a so-called ‘game’ and he had nightmares. The images remained with him for months," he added.
Benyon was willing to show the general synod members a DVD compilation of violent game scenes which, we imagine, narrow-mindedly condenses a complex and important issue into a ghastly snuff film montage, void of context.
However, Benyon’s revulsion for violent content spurred the former Tory MP to condemn games that don’t even exist:
"Why is it acceptable, indeed lawful, to portray the killing and burning of a woman in Fatality, [or] the sawing up of a woman in Mortal Kombat, or playing football with severed heads; the chainsaw killing of a man in Saw III, rape, torture and so on?”