Computer games to get cigarette-style health warnings in UK

Video games will be forced to carry cigarette-style health warnings under proposals to protect children from unsuitable digital material.

The report, commissioned by the Prime Minister in response to a growing moral panic about video games, will conclude that they can harm the development of children's beliefs and value systems and desensitise them to violence. It will also recommend that retailers who sell video games to anyone under the age rating on the box should face a hefty fine or up to five years in prison, The Times has learnt.

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mighty_douche3765d ago

Good! Then you can stop blaming the games when some kid flips out.

fenderputty3765d ago

Implement whatever procedures and policies you want as long as it helps take some heat of the games themselves. Something like this puts more responsibility on the seller of the game and the parent of the child who's playing.

-EvoAnubis-3765d ago

Taken from the article:

"She also wants all games consoles to contain blocking mechanisms that would enable parents to prevent children playing unsuitable games on them."

They already do, you idiot.

fenderputty3765d ago

just goes to show how uninformed these "video games are the devil" bandwagon people are. Still ... making things like this known and, putting labels on the box shifts responsibility to where it belongs, on the parent and end user.

Klopek3765d ago

As far as I'm concerned, as long as the games aren't censored they can put whatever warnings they want on them.

Yi-Long3765d ago

... as there is no evidence that violent videogames have a bad influence on those who play them. The jury is still out on that one.

I know they are doing it just to be sure, but what's next? Warning labels on rap-music, or pop? Or before watching eastender or some other crappy show which will feature people behaving 'out of order'?

What about a big huge warning label across the front of the Bible? We know that book has instigated hate and diversity and disrespect among people!? Not to mention caused violence, murders and wars...

These politicians are just hypocrites, trying to score an easy popularity-point with ignorant parents who enjoy shifting the blame away from their own poor parenting!

Maybe we should get a warning-label on these politicians: "Could install a tendency for lying, could cause severe stress and annoyance, and could lead your kids into some unjust wars"

shadowghost7523764d ago

I absolutely agree with you, we pay too much already and they all-ways slur the gaming industry in the media (for example Resistance Fall of Man vs. The Church of England) the media sided with Resistance Fall of Man and yet again damaged the industry.

Maybe if Downing Street focused on sorting out real problems such as the one you mentioned the unjust war then we can all live in a society where we can not fear the possibility of being labeled gaming hoodies and being given a VASBO (Virtual Anti Social Behavior Order).

At present the constant bashing of the gaming industry which provides an ever increased amount to the economy, will soon be out-sourced much like the UK's car industry

danarc3765d ago

So I suppose these labels will be put onto film cases as well?

Hmm... I think not.

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