Psychologists and experts in the Eastern Cape are warning that frequent exposure of children to violent computer games can lead to night terrors, violent behaviour and nightmares.
While parents are spending hundreds of rands to have their children's psychological state evaluated, they could be preventing damage by just checking what their children are getting up to on the home computer.
One of the latest and most popular games, Grand Theft Auto Four , is described in a review as going "legit" because, although the player can "still blow up cop cars, run down innocent civilians, have sex with hookers, assist drug dealers and low-lifes and do many, many other bad deeds", the conundrum of lawlessness and lack of moral behaviour comes at a cost to main character Niko Bellic's soul.
Most other games allow the player to transcend into a virtual world where killing people is a norm.
Resident Evil Four, a video game on which the movie was based, is described by one reviewer as taking violence to "another level of gruesome".
Anther shocker, The Suffering, allows the gamer to murder children. The review reads: "This game is disturbing and high on the violence meter." The Brazilian government earlier this year imposed a ban on popular role-playing computer games Counter-Strike and Everquest claiming they incited violence and were "harmful to consumers' health".