Written on Friday, December 08, 2006 by Gemini
A chainsaw-wielding killer and blood-splattered shooting rampages are featured in some of the 10 video games that a media watchdog group says should be avoided by kids and teens.
The US’ National Institute on Media and the Family released its 11th annual video game report card Wednesday. The group urged parents to take a stronger role in safeguarding their children from games that glamorise sex and violence.
“Video games will never die,” said Douglas Lowenstein, president of Entertainment Software Association. “Finger-pointing and demonising a form of entertainment that is embraced by the millennial generation is fruitless. Partnering with parents to help them help their kids pays off.”
The institute showed video clips of graphic scenes of sex and violence from several newly released video games. A scene from Scarface: The World is Yours showed a man attacking victims with a chainsaw as blood splatters across the screen. A man clubbed several victims in a bloody scene from Dead Rising. Characters spew obscenities in Saints Row.
Institute president David Walsh said that educating parents on how to use the controls and to spend time with their children to learn about the games they are playing is vital. He suggested limiting game time for kids and asked parents to keep them away from M-rated games.
“We have to put our kids on a media diet,” he said.
GAMES TO AVOID
- Gangs of London
- The Sopranos
- GTA: Vice City Stories
- Reservoir Dogs
- Mortal Kombat: Unchained
- Scarface: The World is Yours
- The Godfather: Mob Wars
- Saints Row
- Dead Rising
- Just Cause