Adult gamers should be able to play what they want, writes Ashley Robinson
Adult gamers should be able to play what they want, writes Ashley Robinson

Grand Theft Auto gamers land some blows on violence

THE headline read "Target, What a Grand Move", or something similar, and referred to that retailer taking the Grand Theft Auto game off its shelves after a groundswell of negative comments about the 18-plus game, sex and violence and everything in between.

Normally I would be on the side of banning the bloody game and ones like it altogether, but I forced myself to read some of the blogs this week supporting the game and I am glad I did.

I have always hated violent games and thought kids in particular could be doing something far healthier, like getting outside, but after reading some of the defenders of game empires I have changed my opinion.

Firstly, there are people who for any number of reasons can't get outside and kick a ball or smell the roses.

If game playing is their thing, their release even, so be it.

I have no right to deprive them of that.

If young adults want to play a game that I think is crap they should be able to. It's their decision.

And if the parents of under-18s decide it is okay - though why they would is beyond me - again it is their call.

There was some interesting defence of the game, reminding me of a few things regarding violence versus fantasy and how most people can tell the difference.

It wasn't long before I had a few memories of my own - The Three Stooges for instance.

I loved it, but did I run around twisting kids' noses with pliers? Not really - maybe once until someone pointed out with the toe of their boot what was right and what was wrong.

Just kidding, but you know what I mean. Parents in my day were pretty quick to pinpoint poor behaviour.

Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner were pretty graphic cartoons as far as violence was concerned - bombs, assaults by the minute and every known way to either injure someone or kill them.

Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird weren't exactly angels either, but strangely we managed to figure it out - it was only fantasy.

I still don't like the games and I would rather sit my grandson in front of the Coyote than a video game, but that's just me.

Whatever floats your boat (or steals your car).



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