Enjoy videogame violence while you canThe government are pressing on with their investigations into videogames that portray violence, contain sexually explicit material or incite racial hatred. Following on from the Byron review, which examined the risk to children from exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the Internet and in video games, the culture, media and sport committee has announced a new inquiry and are encouraging submissions from organisations and the general public to present at 'oral evidence sessions' in February and March 2008.
According to the press release:
The potential risks to consumers, including children and young people, from exposure to harmful content on the Internet or in video games. The Committee is particularly interested in the potential risks posed by:
* “Cyber bullying”;
* user generated content, including content that glorifies guns and gang violence;
* the availability of personal information on social networking sites;
* content that incites racial hatred, extremism or terrorism; and
*content that exhibits extreme pornography or violence.
You know it's only a matter of time before we see an end to the violent games we love to play, so get it while you can folks.Pole dancers, sexism, guns, knives, rap music, blood, glorified violence, car jackings and so on - this new trailer of GTA IV sums up everything that the committee wants banned.
You can submit your thoughts to the committee at the official website.