Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Youth Views

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Youth Views

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Byline: By Will Sutton Evening Gazette

Explosions, gunfire and chaos were on TV last night, showing more trouble in the Gulf.

But it wasn't on the news, it was an advert for a new computer game that's set in the Gulf War.

It struck me as a bit weird.

While people in the Middle East are dying for all kinds of political and religious reasons, kids are replaying it on their computer screens.

And parents worry about the effects of TV sex and violence on their kid but they will happily send little Tommy to his bedroom to drop Black Hawk missions into downtown Baghdad.

I was all set to continue with this criticism until I remembered Desert Strike on the Sega Megadrive, circa 1992.

Yes, back then it was me swooping over the desert with my Apache gunship and all guns blazing.

Of course in reality I was sat in my school uniform with a bowl haircut and a pair of glasses the size of Deirdre Barlow's in Coronation Street.

So if I was playing those kinds of games then I can't really talk, can I? …

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