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Friday, 10 October 2003

The same spurts of fire

The Independent on violence in films inevitably covers violent videogames:

A hundred years later, our children, my children, watch another kind of screen, the TV screen, and play computer games on it. They are games of combat. You can stop them playing these games in your house, but then they play them at their friends' houses. They are everywhere. Some people claim that they improve and heighten children's instincts and their ability to solve puzzles. Many people fear that they may give children the notion that violence is a game, and one free from damage or hurt.
In recent years, in Britain and America, children, or people below an age of legal responsibility, have killed other children. In some cases they killed many children. With guns they found in their parents' rooms. With guns that were so like the guns in video games that they made the same noises and gave the same spurts of fire, and the victim tumbled down in just the same way. [David Thomson]

I'll just highlight one sentence: with guns that were so like the guns in video games that they made the same noises and gave the same spurts of fire, and the victim tumbled down in just the same way before throwing phrases such as "well researched" or "opinion masquerading as fact" into the mix.

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