Friday, October 14, 2005

On Gaming...

*sigh* Trust me to get so angry that I update this blog. Just did the daily rounds of fabled web cartoons and all round nice guys Penny Arcade and Ctrl-Alt-Del. Seems that another whacked out, power hungry, egotistical, legalistic, moronic excuse for a law enforcer, Jack Thompson, has decided that - wait for it - COMPUTER GAMES ARE BAD! His remedy? Offer $10k to the charity of choice of the game designers who make a game on his idea, A Modest Video Game Proposal. His idea? A bitter parent wages war on the video game industry with an assortment of weapons after his son is killed by a - wait for it - VIOLENT GAMER!

Yes. Let's solve "violence" with more violence. Way to go Jack. I live on the opposite side of the world to your little haven in Miami and this is making me mad, so god knows how the gamers in your neck of the woods are feeling. Its funny, isn't it? He worries about the violent computer game geeks of this world, and then waves a red flag in their faces. I think this about sums it up...and this.

For the final word, I turn to Penny Arcade:

You may have seen Jack’s proposal mentioned on various news sites. He’s offering 10 grand to charity if a game developer makes a game based on his insane proposal.

So I got his email address and I went ahead and sent Jack a note this morning: "10 grand is pretty weak man. Through our charity gamers have given over half a million dollars in toys and cash to children’s hospitals all over the country."

The fact is when we kick off Child’s Play 2005 on November 1st we’ll be going global. We’ll be delivering videogames and toys to children’s hospitals all over the world now. I don’t think there’s any better response to Jack’s insane ramblings than that. Maybe Jack would like to donate his 10 grand to Child’s Play, that could buy a lot of Game Boys.

Does anyone seriously believe that violent computer games warrant as much attention as all of this, given that we spend the gross domestic product of a small nation every year on the after effects of drink driving? Yeah. Didn't think so.

If you're desperate to keep abreast of the situation, check out Kotaku and also the Advanced Media Network.

Posted by Dave The Hat :: 2:27 PM :: 0 Comments:

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