British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has spoken out about videogame violence in an interview with The Sun, of all places. Brown, who obviously doesn't mind a little bit of Page 3, voiced his worries about in-game violence and the effect it may have on gamers, especially when games feature knives as weapons.
In the article
Brown talks extensively about knife crime and attempts to tackle it.
“It is neither cool, nor does it make you safer, to carry a knife. We must ease people’s fears...I am very worried about video and computer games. No one wants censorship or an interfering State, but the industry has some responsibility to society and needs to exercise that.
The article singles out Manhunt
as an example of extreme videogame violence involving knives.
The issue is certainly a complicated one and raises the question of whether videogames glorify violence and knife carrying to the younger audiences who undoubtedly play games which are not rated for their age group. If that is the case then does the blame fall on the developer, the government, the parent or the child? Let us know your thoughts in the forums