| Mail |
You might also like: WoW Insider, Joystiq, and more

Reader Comments (18)

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 4:07PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
As much as I hate to admit it...I'd be one hell of a better student if I stayed off WoW and Eve. and stopped browsing Massively :P

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 4:07PM Snow Leopard said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
Someday, just like all the people who said motion pictures and rock and roll would turn youth into criminals; these video game censoring politicians will die and we can all go back to the business of raiding the 32nd version of Naxx with our grandkids. To believe that playing a video game will turn a person into a gun-toting savage is an incredibly backwards idea; mostly driven by fear and ignorance and the need to find an easy scapegoat. When I see people blame the mental depravity of disturbed young people on video games, it upsets me as it reveals how little people learn in the wake of such tragedy.
I do know that such thinking is ultimately backwards and will not prevail as we as a society and a community most certainly work for progress and freedom over fear-mongering and artistic censorship. We can never guarantee that tragedy will never work it’s way into our lives, but let us be damned if we allow tragedy to destroy the way we live our lives and the freedoms we have fought so hard to protect and uphold over the years.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 4:13PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I'd go back to WOW if many of the kids were kicked off.

WOW ‘s army of Latchkey kids annoy.

Posted: Mar 20th 2009 12:27PM wjowski said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Too bad most of those 'latcheky kids' are functioning adults.
Reply

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 4:40PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Its obviously quite easy to just blame computer games, instead of blaming the parents. parents should again spend more time with their children, instead of focusing on earning money so they can ship of their childeren into someone elses care. not to mention actually teaching them some proper moral value's

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 4:41PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
As much as I can understand wanting to restrict the game minimally as a parent of a kid or whatever, the reason she wants to get rid of it, is pretty stupid.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 5:00PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
As a Hebrew I find their opinion that WoW is violent....sadly ironic.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 6:52PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Sadly almost all politicians have an IQ that is lower than mine. That means they are pretty dumb.
;)
Anyway if I had my way they would not allow people like that to become politicians in the first place. In fact I demand that those leading our countries are smarter than average and definitely smarter than me.
This politician has never ever played a game and definitely not WOW. So she is basing her decisions on hearsay.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 9:04PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
yep, because everyone knows video games created violence. :)

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 7:42PM cray said

  • 1 heart
  • Report
Let this be a warning to America or any other country that doesn't have this kind of censorship yet.

Behave yourselves and the politicians will leave us gamers alone. Stop being trolls to each other because it has a domino effect on society.

Learn the difference in competing with honor and pestering/bullying someone just for kicks.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 9:33PM ultimateq said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I don't care about their reasons, but rating all MMO's as adult only sounds like a good idea to me. Unless its a game like free realms, hello kitty online or fusionfall, etc.

Posted: Mar 19th 2009 12:30AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
The much loved/hated Angry German Kid video that made the rounds on YouTube back in ancient times was, in fact, a satire on German politicians' perceptions of young gamers. The country, as ever, struggles with these ideas.

Cray, however does give America too much credit. Most school shootings in this country inspire similar moral panics, and politicians here jockey with each other to take the toughest stance against video games. Conservatives do, of course, as being against anything fun or pleasurable comes with the territory. But even liberals, forgetting their commitment to individual rights and free speech, rush to the podium to condemn the big bad video games.

That said, while the reasoning from the state's social affairs minister is an asinine knee-jerk reaction, the *proposal* isn't a bad one.

Let's be honest with ourselves, folks. We don't like 12 year olds running around Stormwind, Bree, Feydwer, Altdorf or any of our virtual haunts. We get enough of the 25 year olds who act like they're twelve.

I've always said MMOs should be rated M by virtue of their online status. You know as well as I do that so much of the content is determined by a foul mouthed community. There's nothing wrong with this per se. It's entertaining, and if you're thick skinned it can be an endless supply of laughs. But it ain't for children.

MMOs don't cause violence. But as much as I love these games, I can frankly agree that as social environments they're mature. Precisely because they're so *immature.* You don't want the youngsters getting socialised on Barrens Chat.

Of course, rating them M wouldn't stop ignorant parents from buying the games for their kids, but it could stem the tide.

Posted: Mar 19th 2009 1:53AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Seriously, am I the only one who sees these knee jerk reactions of 'Video games (or computer games in this case) caused it!' to be extreme? I know some things about them aren't good (how addictive and time wasting they can be for example), but anyone who knows a bit about the last hundred years of popular culture knows that reactions like this keep happening, and they later on get proven to be false.

There was a reaction just like this in America back when Columbine happened, and it was shown the video games didn't cause that, nor did Marlyn Manson's music, which was also blamed.

There was a reaction like this back in the early 1990's when the original Mortal Kombat was just hitting the home systems, Night Trap was being banned, and the ESRB was being formed.

There was a reaction just like this back in the 1950's when Seduction of the Innocent was published, when comic books got blamed for everything that people thought was wrong with children, and thus we got stuck with the Comic Code Authority and every bad Superman/Batman/Superheo cliche that exists to this day (which in turn lead to the old campy Batman tv series).

If anything, people need to stop looking for scapegoats for when things go wrong, and need to start taking responsibility. After all, if people do what they're suppose to do, when they do it, then shootings like what happened in Germany not only wouldn't happen, but we would never have to worry about utterances or 'Holy (insert word of choice here) Batman!'

Posted: Mar 19th 2009 7:55AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Sorry to pick nits, but it's spelled Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen. =)

I think all that's been said on violent in video games has been said, so I won't add to it.

Posted: Mar 19th 2009 12:26PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Can't we all just go back to the good old days of burning books and *gasp* Rock'N'Roll records?

Wait a minute, I'm sensing a pattern here...

Posted: Mar 19th 2009 5:48PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
There is a conspiracy here. It must be because this guy just got kicked off of WoW.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JF03i7NfIU

Posted: Mar 19th 2009 6:50PM cray said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Just to clarify my initial post. I do not think video games cause violence. I believe this was every bit a knee-jerk reaction from a politician.

Posted: Mar 21st 2009 5:16PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Mechtchild had something ninja looted, again! And, he's sick of it. Another obvious case of tyranny and abuse of power. j/k

Featured Stories

Why I Play: ArcheAge

Posted on Oct 30th 2014 12:00PM

Engadget

Engadget

Joystiq

Joystiq

WoW Insider

WoW

TUAW

TUAW