Video Nasties; MINISTER TO BAN VIOLENT X-RATED COMPUTER GAMES

The Mirror (London, England), November 29, 2004 | Go to article overview

Video Nasties; MINISTER TO BAN VIOLENT X-RATED COMPUTER GAMES


Byline: NIALL MOONAN

VIOLENT computer games are to be banned because of their impact on children.

Gory and sexually explicit software will be outlawed in a new initiative by Justice Minister Michael McDowell.

He is to launch a review of censorship laws within weeks after concerns were raised by parents and campaigners, who said X-rated games are not monitored.

They also claimed that no action is taken against shops which sell 18 certificate software to under-18s.

Doom 3, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, Gunslinger Girls 2 and Manhunt are among those facing the axe. National Parents' Council spokeswoman Eleanor Petrie said: "The biggest market for these games is 25 to 30-year-old men. They are not produced for children.

"We have to accept that young males like shooting and action, but a lot of parents don't understand that these are not games for all the family.

"It is not enough for a parent to say they are not technical. You must get your child to show you the content of games."

In Grand Theft Auto players pay to have sex with a prostitute and then murder her to get their money back.

In Manhunt a man on death row has to earn his release by killing people for snuff movies. The more gruesome the death, the more points are awarded.

Ms Petrie added: "Parents tend to think it is just a little bit of cartoon violence but it is unrelenting. …

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