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« on: May 03, 2012, 06:10:24 AM »



UK MP Keith Vaz has again hit out at games, calling on government to "provide for closer scrutiny of aggressive firstperson shooter videogames."

Vaz, MP for Leicester East and a frequent critic of videogames, tabled an early-day motion on April 24 titled, simply, "violent videogames." The source of his inspiration is Anders Behring Breivik, the man currently on trial for the murders of 76 people in Norway last year.

Breivik's testimony has referenced both World Of Warcraft and Call Of Duty, and it is the latter which has prompted Vaz to renew calls for tighter control of violent games, saying the PEGI ratings system is ineffective as it does not restrict content - merely the age of those who can access it.

The motion calls on fellow members of the House to be "reminded of the consequences of the innefectual PEGI classification system for videogames following the testimony of Anders Breivik about the tragic events in Norway in July 2011," adding that PEGI "can only ever provide an age-rating, and not restrict ultraviolent content."

It continues, going on to say that "in an era of ever-more sophisticated and realistic gameplay, more robust precautions must be taken before videogames are published, and [the House] calls on government to provide for closer scrutiny of aggressive firstperson shooter videogames."

Vaz has, of course, done this before. He campaigned against Rockstar's Manhunt after it was (incorrectly) connected to the 2004 murder of 14-year-old Stefan Pakeerah, and criticised another Rockstar game, Bully, in the House Of Commons. In 2010 he attempted to link a series of racially motivated shootings in Malmo, Sweden, to Valve's Counter-Strike.

His most recent attack on games came last November, when he completely misrepresented the London-set level in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, saying in another early day motion that players "engage in gratuitous acts of violence against the public" and comparing a chemical attack to the London bombings of July 7, 2005.

His pro-videogame Labour colleague Tom Watson proposed an amendment to the motion, changing it from the third word onwards to praise the way the game "challenges gamers' dexterity as well as collaborative skills", adding that "adults should be free to choose their own entertainment in the absence of legal issues or material which raises a risk of harm."
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2012, 06:52:33 AM »

...and this will totally bomb the game industry today... Welp was nice knowing you Black Ops...

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR HAVING SUCH NOSEY PPL IN CHARGE!!!! (yes i just screamed this as i read the post)
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 11:16:56 AM »

It's not the game developers fault we have bad parents =/
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2012, 03:39:56 PM »

WoW.. violent?

...Seriously? It looks more like they're saying "Ban popular games" or "Ban good games", not "Ban violent games"
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012, 03:53:41 PM »

WoW.. violent?

...Seriously? It looks more like they're saying "Ban popular games" or "Ban good games", not "Ban violent games"
Quickly, from the top of your head, name me a popular game that isn't violent.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2012, 04:43:06 PM »

Quickly, from the top of your head, name me a popular game that isn't violent.
Brain Age, Tetris.
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2012, 06:55:29 PM »

Off the top of my head..?

idk. Wii Sports? xD

Even Mario would be considered "Violent" in the eyes of some.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2012, 07:55:30 PM »

FarmVille
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2012, 08:01:33 PM »

Sudoku.
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2012, 12:39:12 AM »

Off the top of my head..?

idk. Wii Sports? xD

Even Mario would be considered "Violent" in the eyes of some.
Wii Sports involves Boxing, which means repeatedly striking someone at high speeds with your arms.
Which is considered violent
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2012, 07:51:02 AM »

Brain Age, Tetris.
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Sudoku.
Wow this actually is a problem only 4?
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2012, 01:08:50 PM »

Wow this actually is a problem only 4?
Of course there aren't that many. Games need that kind of action to be fun. What's the point if nothing happens?

Also fuck you all. Pushmo.
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2012, 05:02:48 PM »

Of course there aren't that many. Games need that kind of action to be fun. What's the point if nothing happens?
Harvest Moon says hi.
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2012, 05:09:51 PM »

Of course there aren't that many. Games need that kind of action to be fun. What's the point if nothing happens?

Also fuck you all. Pushmo.
Animal Crossing?
Sims?
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2012, 05:23:57 PM »

Harvest Moon says hi.
How could I forget?

Animal Crossing?
Sims?
I enjoy killing roaches, swinging axes at townsfolks heads and burning people alive in these games.
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« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2012, 05:34:00 PM »

I enjoy killing roaches, swinging axes at townsfolks heads and burning people alive in these games.
Can't do that sh*t in Harvest Moon
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« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2012, 05:39:47 PM »

Can't do that sh*t in Harvest Moon
No, but you can neglect feeding your cows then watch them slowly die of hunger and illness then suffer through a heart wrenching scene as a guy bangs on your door to tell you your cow is dead.

Also you can bang a chick and have her child and, in A Wonderful Life, you can even CHEAT on your girlfriends and have them running up to your door the next day sobbing their eyes out to tell you what a careless dick you are.

Harvest Moon is serious shit, son.
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« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2012, 05:47:39 PM »

No, but you can neglect feeding your cows then watch them slowly die of hunger and illness then suffer through a heart wrenching scene as a guy bangs on your door to tell you your cow is dead.

Also you can bang a chick and have her child and, in A Wonderful Life, you can even CHEAT on your girlfriends and have them running up to your door the next day sobbing their eyes out to tell you what a careless dick you are.

Harvest Moon is serious shit, son.
You remind me soo much of Makoto right now.
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2012, 05:49:56 PM »

You remind me soo much of Makoto right now.
Makoto as in...?
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« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2012, 06:12:10 PM »

Makoto as in...?

Makoto Itou, the biggest douchebag that's ever existed in the history of animation


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