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UK government launches videogame violence study

With videogame violence seemingly the root cause of almost every gun-related crime around the world these days – conveniently discounting the possible effects of Hollywood atrocities such as Hostel and Saw – the UK government has this week called for a new study into the effects of interactive violence on vulnerable knee-high consumers.

Focusing in on a school in London, the review study, which will cover computer/videogame violence and how to better protect children from online content, will be led by Dr. Tanya Byron alongside Schools Secretary Ed Balls and Culture Secretary James Purnell.

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers’ Association (ELSPA) has also offered its support to the government regarding the study:

“We feel quite positively about this review,” commented the ELSPA’s Paul Jackson in a BBC News report. “It’s clear the review is about making sure parents are properly informed about what their youngsters are playing and what they are accessing on the internet.”

However, while the ELSPA is to willingly throw its weight behind the official study, Jackson has also outlined that the games industry and its interactive content is all-too often blamed “for everything from obesity to youth violence,” which he states is “not true” and “not appropriate.”

“Video gaming and the internet themselves are a very positive and important part of children’s and young children’s growing up and learning and development. But it is also about saying where are the risks?” outlined Dr. Byron at the six-month study’s official launch. “The study will be about what industry is doing already to protect children and what more could be done to ensure they have a positive experience on the internet and with games.”

The CEO of Blitz Games, Philip Oliver, offers that the review will likely provide better education for those parents that ignore the age certificates issued by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) due to “a distorted image of games” insofar as they are either “harmless or totally evil.”

The governmental review has been launched hot on the heels of the BBFC once again refusing to grant retail certification to Rockstar Games’ hugely contentious Manhunt 2, which Oliver described as evidence “the system is working.” government launches videogame violence study newsvine:UK government launches videogame violence study furl:UK government launches videogame violence study reddit:UK government launches videogame violence study fark:UK government launches videogame violence study Y!:UK government launches videogame violence study gamegrep:UK government launches videogame violence study

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Comment by a white slave on 2007-10-09 20:39:43 | Reply

Blame Canada!

Comment by mass9 on 2007-10-09 20:41:11 | Reply

blame us for what exactly?

Comment by a white slave on 2007-10-09 20:42:42 | Reply

Anything and Everything

Comment by Lone Goat on 2007-10-09 21:43:43 | Reply

it’s not even a real contry anyway

Comment by mass9 on 2007-10-10 18:03:46 | Reply

pssstt….Lone Goat, if you’re going to try to be an ass you should learn to spell.

They teach that in my ‘fake’ country, you know?

Comment by StGermain on 2007-10-09 23:25:49 | Reply

lol :)

I love the way Canadians are relaxed though :)

Comment by mass9 on 2007-10-10 02:07:09 | Reply

a steady diet of poutine, beer and beaver steaks will do that to you.

Comment by mass9 on 2007-10-09 20:40:21 | Reply

man, I just want to stab people who commission these studies. I want to shoot them in their knees, slice them open from gullet to crotch, douse them in gasoline and set them on fire.

I’ve been playing games since as far back as I can remember, and I’m no more/less violent than I would be had I NOT played games.

anyone who feels differently should be skinned alive, covered in vinegar and punched in the groin periodically.

NOTE: The above comment is meant to be taken ‘tongue in cheek’. If you can’t see the sarcasm in it, well, what can I say? Its hard to show sarcasm in text form.

“I’ll kill you! I’ll kill all of you. Esspecially those of you in the jury!”

and you wonder why they say video games influence violance

Comment by mass9 on 2007-10-09 21:28:25 | Reply

please see the NOTE portion of my post.

Comment by Defiantly on 2007-10-09 21:11:21 | Reply

God, I can’t stand this crap. I’m a father of two and raise my children to know the difference between video games and real life. …To know there are circumstances for their actions and that there are no saved games in the real world.
This is just an easy out for lazy parents and politicians with no imagination or conviction to stand up to the movie/television industry (who are producing far worse atrocities than the gaming industry).

Comment by naysarama on 2007-10-09 22:30:58 | Reply

spot on mate

Comment by UKJAY on 2007-10-09 21:15:15 | Reply

Maybe if parents stuck to the guidance that some games carry 15, 16 & 18 for a reason !!

There should be no kids at all on Gears of War for instance.. :)

Comment by Lone Goat on 2007-10-09 21:44:52 | Reply

or halo3

Word lone goat. So annoying.

Comment by Scott on 2007-10-09 21:17:22 | Reply

simple answer for all parents.

let them play a violent game, beat them half to death to show them what reality really is.

(p.s. I’M JOKING!!!!)

Seriously come on. This is just getting pathetic. It has already been proven with films that there must be a psychological matter involved as well. If you see something on the tv doesnt necessarily mean that you will go and do it yourself does it? there must be something wrong up there to thinkt hat you can get away with it.

No offense, but the UK seems kind of backwards on this. I mean, you have boobies on TV, but have a problem with Violent Video games aimed at adults? Am I missing something? These games can’t get into the hands of youngsters without parental consent. What-ev UK. Whatev.

I mean did you see Saw 3? Jesus.

Comment by naysarama on 2007-10-09 22:36:17 | Reply

the uk?? uk is fuk all compared to america.
america has always had fast paced violent images to promote everything on tv, but they dont show fuck all of real life. your news is pitiful and filled with blatant paranoid propaganda and even wildlife shows cant even sell themselves without having promises of terrifying and violent clips. dont be a hypocrite.

I’d love to live in a country where I saw boobies on TV instead of shows where people stand over an open cadaver. But that might just be me.

Of course all these complaints against violent video games should soon be a thing of the past what with Churches in the US using HALO3 to get 12-15 year olds to attend.

Comment by StGermain on 2007-10-09 23:29:30 | Reply

I live in Belgium, nothing but boobies on tv here… boobies boobies boobies… all of the time!

Comment by Number13 on 2007-10-09 23:47:08 | Reply

Maybe they should do a study into the fact that there’s fuck-all police power to deal with delinquent, violent kids on the streets of the UK, leading to them becoming more and more out of control as the boundaries drop. They get away with murder and never get anything more than ‘an ASBO’ - which is becoming a badge of honour for some.

It’s fuck-all to do with video games and entirely to do with a combination of bad parenting, easy accessibility of alcohol and lack of any punishment for wrongdoing.

Comment by naysarama on 2007-10-10 00:49:56 | Reply

it is a fucked up state of affairs, i cant argue with that. i know 2 graffiti artists who were just jailed for over a year each, with the judge himself admitting they werent atall bad people and that they were very talented artists. the same week, same court, some guy gets 2 months for attempted rape and assault.
you can bet that dirty fucker doesnt play xbox.
video games reflect reality not the otherway around, and anybody with half a braincell feels genuinely sad when a child with a situation of abusive, drunk parents and poor living conditions gets overlooked cause some fucking moron in power thinks maybe video games cause his bad behavior. the soceity we live in allows kids to destroy themselves and those around them, and it has fuckall to do with films and games. you think iraqi kids get violent because of fucking videogames??? muslims in western countries play too much sanandreas and decide to blow themselves up??? how about the young gangsters on my streets?? they steal your xbox then sell it to buy crack muthafucker they dont play the bastard

Comment by TK Chillin on 2007-10-09 23:59:43 | Reply

I’m Moving to Belgium!!!

Comment by naysarama on 2007-10-10 00:51:23 | Reply

i also want to move to belgium, it seems a sensible, intelligent country to me.

Comment by UnGreat on 2007-10-10 11:15:03 | Reply

The thing that gets me is this strange view in the media that only kids play video games. Games have come a long way since pong.

You hear these crusty old talking heads on the news spouting crap about games with little or no knowledge about the subject.

The big story a while back about the original Manhunt in the UK was that some kid killed his friend after playing the game. The thing was it turned out the victim was the one who had played manhunt not the killer, so it had nothing to do with the murder.

Comment by naysarama on 2007-10-10 18:20:47 | Reply

them crusty old guys are the pathetic scrotes runnin this country, they couldnt care less if videogames caused the murders of 100 kids. these men care about votes- so if public concern is about gta or sumthin pitiful, and even if its some retarded 5% of the population- theyll create legistation to outlaw games. cause those few extra votes will get them in power, or more seats in parliment. they are the supreme arse-lickers and they wont know anything about games, but if it makes the population forget that their old policies fucked people over and puts a big fat ugly smile on the face of ‘middle-england’ then its all hunky dory right?
we used to guillotine em for shit like this

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-10-10 11:41:59 | Reply

Gave my opinion on this matter many times so don’t really need to go over it again.

Got no problem with this project running provided they use it to realise the truth rather than just using it to name Video Games as the offical scapegoat for the real social problems in the UK.

Don’t hold out a lot of hope though. This country tries to be more and more American everyday, and it ain’t a pretty sight.

Comment by mu on 2007-10-13 05:00:45 | Reply

the problem is, it is so mind bogglingly easy to skew the results of studies like these depending on the result you WANT to get. it’s the same strategy politicians have used for years to justify whatever actions they have intended all along. i sincerely wish you guys in the uk all the best receiving a balanced and just report, but i wouldn’t hold my breath.

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