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NSW Police Commissioner: Violent Games "Concerning"

Matt Gardner
Andrew Scipione, Violence, Violent games

NSW Police Commissioner: Violent Games "Concerning"

An Australian police commissioner has spoken out against violent video games and a culture that praises and revels in violence, acknowledging that the vast majority are unlikely to be affected, but saying that "it's only got to affect one or two" to be "concerning".

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione stated that there was "nothing more potentially damaging than the sort of violence they're being exposed to, be it in movies, be it in console games they're playing."

"How can it not affect you if you're a young adolescent growing up in an era where to be violent is almost praiseworthy, where you engage in virtual crime on a daily basis and many of these young people (do) for hours and hours on end," he said.

"You get rewarded for killing people, raping women, stealing money from prostitutes, driving cars crashing and killing people. That's not going to affect the vast majority but it's only got to affect one or two and what have you got? You've got some potentially really disturbed young person out there who's got access to weapons like knives or is good with the fist, can go out there and almost live that life now in the streets of modern Australia. That's concerning."

Scipione went on later in the article to acknowledge that the issue is compounded by alcohol and poor parenting. Violence in games, and its relation to crime and licensing has become a topic of debate once more here in the UK following the conclusion to a process that now sees PEGI's age brackets replace BBFC's as the legally enforceable standard for game classification. [Sydney Telegraph]

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imdurc  Aug. 6, 2012 at 19:59

This man is clearly an idiot. You might as well ban anything that is potentially dangerous in the wrong hands. Those glasses have pointy ends, that's a potential weapon! This cartoon has a hunter shooting at a rabbit - this should be banned or played at a later time! Idiocy...

And you have to question, where does it end? Do we remove all entertainment that has any whisp of violence from kids? I consider myself someone who grew up with quite a relaxed childhood, e.g. I watched some 15 and 18 rated films with violence when I was roughly 8-10 years old. How has it affected me? Well, it certainly never made me want to harm anyone.

Then going on to say, "it's only got to affect one or two" to be "concerning". So, in other words, kids should be shielded from it, just in case..? There are plenty of situations where this kind of shielding kids can't stop the inevitable from happening. And then there are situations where a child is being directly affected, not because of the entertainment, but of their misguided parents' ideas being put into their heads. Heck, we have a rating system on games for those that believe it to be worth following.

Overall, there is no real answer. Except, of course, calm and considered parenting. Further controlling of "violent entertainment" just seems so unnecessary. Punish the masses for the faults of the few. No. Just, no.

Last edited by imdurc, Aug. 6, 2012 at 20:01
Jaffo  Aug. 7, 2012 at 09:12

a culture that praises and revels in violence... "it's only got to affect one or two" to be "concerning".

So that's every form of media out the window, along with sport and religion, for starters.

You get rewarded for... raping women

Never heard of any game that does this.

The guy's obviously trying to divert attention from Australia's woeful showing so far in the Olympics.


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