All entries for Wednesday 30 April 2008
April 30, 2008
Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/apr/28/games.censorship
The Today Programme’s “Thought for the Day” (usually a misnomer because it usually contains nothing that approximates any thought) was on GTA IV. Actually it was pretty balanced. Yes GTA IV is violent, but it’s 18 certificate. Yes if you’re playing games all day, you need to get out more, but there’s good stuff about them too. Go Mona.
Apparently, though, not all of The Establishment has been quite so considered in their comments, if this backlash is anything to go by (see weblink). You know when someone says something so spot on you just want everyone to hear it? How about this quote
“Call them social inadequates if you like, but when they have more friends in World of Warcraft than you have in your entire sad little booze-oriented culture of a real life, the most you’ll get from them is pity.”
That’s Richard Bartle’s contribution. Here’s mine: Games don’t kill people. Politicians kill people.