Honduras believes that Quake can make you violent - bans it!

By Derek Sooman on December 10, 2002, 1:24 PM
You wonder when all of this sort of carry on will stop. String of violent crimes.... what do we blame? Poverty? No. Easy access to guns? No. Cheap drugs on the streets? No. Corruption in the police force? No. No. No.

No, as always, its better to blame media and popular culture in some fashion. Where first we had a whole spate of attacks on so called "video nasties" in the 80's, resulting in a number of perfectly good and often well made and artistic movies being banned, so now its the turn of.... wait for it.... wait for it....

Computer games! Yes, computer games are the new enemy. Violent ones make you want to go and kill people you know. Don't laugh, its true. The next time I shoot that cybernetic troll with my trusty rocket launcher, I had better stop and remind myself that its "not real", before I go out and open fire in a shopping mall or something.... "Die Lady!" "Die Shopkeeper!" "Die innocent by-stander!" You have taken the lead! Yeah, right...

At least, this is what Honduras' government seem to believe. They've got a whole crime wave explained by the likes of Quake, Resident Evil, Shadowman, Street Fighter, Turok, Perfect Dark, Doom....

Of course, that means that its got absolutely nothing to do with poverty and other social problems, then. Yes, Quake III is to blame for gang related violence. Yes.

More here at theregister.co.uk

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