Thursday, December 14, 2006

Jail Time for Acts Done in Video Games?

Gamers in Germany could face jail for violent acts done in games on human or human-like characters. Current drafts say the punishment could be up to 1 year in jail.

Why the sudden uproar? A fan of the game Counter Strike went back to his former school and shot and injured 37 people before killing himself.

Naturally, minister G√ľnther Beckstein placed the blame for the violence upon the horrible effect of the games.

Jack Thompson, meet your German counterpart.

I am so tired, as many gamers are, of authority figures placing the blame of violence on something they don't understand: video games. I'm just hoping that as gamers get older, they'll find themselves in positions of power where they'll be able to defend what they know to be harmless.

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