The "obscene cruelty" of a psychological horror computer game has sparked calls for an EU-wide crackdown to safeguard children.
Sony Playstation's The Rule of Rose has so shocked Europe's justice commissioner Franco Frattini that he has written to all EU governments urging action to tighten controls on "dreadful" games which show and glorify violence.
He is demanding talks on the issue when Home Affairs ministers meet in Brussels next month.
He said: "An increasing number of such games display and even glorify violence, sometimes extreme violence."
"In particular one of the latest games (The Rule of Rose) relates to a young girl who becomes submitted to psychological and physical violence.
"This has shocked me profoundly for its obscene cruelty and brutality."
The Rule of Rose is a horror game involving a girl kidnapped by a secret society of orphans. The game has already caused controversy in Mr Frattini's native Italy, where the Mayor of Rome has vowed to have it banned...