A competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance on the part of two or more entities who play according to a set of rules, usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators.
Games are a form of entertainment
Games most often have winners and losers, but seldom victims. Unless the games contain illegal activity, involuntary participants, or cheating.
Games in themselves are neutral, just an activity, usually someone pointless and removed from reality. People know this, and probably wouldn't enter into many of them if they were real. Most people would hate to be on the losing end of monopoly, or risk.
Whereas telling children about a man who was forced to wear a thorn bush on his head, nailed to a piece of wood which he as then forced to drag through a street, while being verbally abused, who had his feet nailed to a second piece of wood and then after several hours of agonising suffocation was eventually stabbed to death is totally has no affect on kids, but playing video games does?
Paint-ball sites minimum age restrictions of 12
Laser tag tends to be 8.
So you can go out and actually shoot your friend at 12, but are supposed to wait 'til 18 to do it virtually.
The Sims 2/3 has a 12 rating because it features cartoon violence and the people can 'woo hoo' to make babies.
Sex education starts before 12 in the UK and the violence is exceeded on many children's cartoons.
The age rating system is ridiculous. How can a war game be rated 18 yet you can actually join the army and go to war at the age of 16?
Why is pretend shooting o.k when we were kids, but pretend video game shooting is going to corrupt the mind?
There is difference between fantasy & reality. Violence in video games is ok, because it's not real; no-one suffered as a result from shooting that guy in the head, there were no tears shed over his death, no kids left without a father, he was a virtual character in a virtual world. Not real!
Who's responsibility is censoring 'bad' things?
If the Pac-Man video game had affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music and we would be now terrified of ghosts and spend our nights wondering the streets eating anything that's put in front of us!
Just because some violent kids also play games, does the violent kid play violent games or do violent games make violent kids?
Conversely not all killers, rapists, gangsters and thugs play games.
Knife and gun crimes existed way before video games.The point is?
It's a triumph of "common sense" over logic and observation that people can still ARGUE a product which millions of people consume MUST be the cause of isolated instances of violence
Why is it, in that case, that violent crime has been down across Western countries for the past 20 years at an appreciable level if games affect children adversely?
These days its fashionable to blame video games as they are an easy target. We should blame:
Does anyone believe if it wasn't for games then all teenagers would be perfect students with perfect grades and bright futures?
Before games it was :
Rock n Roll..
The government should have no say on what media people choose to view or engage with. What a waste of legislation.
Parents should be responsible for what their kids buy. Not the law!!!! This is infantilising parents.
If you're too stupid to not be adversely affected by something you watch or play then there's no helping you.
How is it fair to have a video game banned because certain people don't like it, what about my choice?
If the console is in the lounge parents can monitor games. Parents can then point out rights & wrong & how things are in real life.
They have played most military games can increase their knowledge and interest in history if used as a learning aid. Also it can increase a healthy respect for our troops overseas.
Games are just one of many distractions in life that their parents should be guiding children through. Ultimately it's an excuse for lazy parents to shirk responsibility for vetting and/or monitoring the conduct of their children and then blame anyone else but themselves for bad influences their kids are exposed to.
Maybe, if they are responsible parents, they have raised their child to recognise the difference between fantasy & reality? Kids aren't as stupid as most people like to believe.
Why stop at video games, why not ban all games where violence or sex is a part.