Tag Archives: violence

Ministers debate game violence

Video games violence and the economic worth of the UK games industry took centre stage at a heated debate in the House of Commons this afternoon, as Labour MP Tom Watson took it on himself to defend the sector from the types of accusations regularly thrown around by the press. …

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INTERVIEW: Charlie Brooker

Having taken video games TV to a previously unexplored level with his post-watershed BBC Four one-off Gameswipe, Ben Parfitt sat down for a frank and exclusive interview with the man himself – Charlie Brooker. In this final part of our three part interview, we learn about some of Brooker’s favourite …

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Buddhist leader plays PlayStation

Of all the supporters of violent video games, global Buddhist leader Karmapa Lama Trinley Dorje is perhaps one of the least likely. Nonetheless, the religious figurehead has told The Times of India, as spotted by VG247, that laying the smackdown on virtual foes lessens the likelihood of him being tempted …

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AUSTRALIA: Left 4 Dead 2 banned

Left 4 Dead 2 has been refused classification in Australia, banning it from release. The Australian Classification Board stated the upcoming EA title had failed to comply with the current guidelines for a maximum rating of MA 15+, according to Gamespot. The game contains realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence which …

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Easy on the violence, publishers warned

Publishers need to consider the ‘wider context’ of ads for violent games if they don’t want to see them banned from TV. That’s according to the Advertising Standards Agency, which will next week release new guidance for games publishers and their ad agencies. MCV understands that this will encourage publishers …

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NZ: Jail term for parents who allow kids to play violent games

A leading New Zealand official has said that parents who allow their kids access to mature games should face prosecution – and possibly a spell in jail. Current New Zealand law allows for the prosecution of parents who do not prevent their children accessing media rated above their age, with …

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Vaz cites game violence at PMQs

MP Keith Vaz, an outspoken critic of mature video games, has once again raised the issue in parliament, pressing deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman in yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions. In a survey published last week, 74 per cent of parents said that they were very concerned about the increasing level …

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Parents group offers balanced view on GTAIV

In a pleasingly balanced appraisal of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV expansion The Lost and the Damned, US parenting group Common Sense Media has highlighted the DLC as certainly not safe kids – but spared the time to point out what a great download it is. The DLC is clearly …

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Daily Mail back on the game-bashing train

The Daily Mail is targeting the games industry yet again this morning as the UK newspaper reports on a new study that claims video games, the internet and TV are to blame for ‘the lurch to more and more violence which we know can breed violence and increase mental illness”. …

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Cage: Games violence no worse than TV

Quantic Dreams founder and CEO David Cage has spoken out again criticisms of mature content in video games, claiming their effect is no different to that of TV, films or books. In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine UK, Cage said: I don’t think we do anything worse than what …

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