Ben is a lifelong Nintendo fan who likes to build websites, and make video games. He buys way too much Lego.
I’ve held off posting about the recent poroblems with Grand Theft Auto and video game cencorship but a couple of articles caught my eye today so I thought I’d mention them.
The Escapist – Alarmism 2020 – [via]
“Modern” cases of entire generations unnecessarily fixating on harmless fun go back to the Prohibition Era. By claiming its negative effects were detrimental to society, members of a group called the Temperance Movement were able to bully politicians into nationally banning the production and sale of alcohol. This movement declared that the only way to save America was to rid it of the scourge of alcohol completely. The inevitable rise of organized crime eventually led to the ban being lifted. It turned out that the negative effects of Prohibition were worse than the negative effects of alcohol..
An interesting article about the alarmist attitudes of people towards video games.
Another analogy can be made between games and musicâ€”specifically, with the emergence of rock and roll in the 1950s. Like games today, it was a new art form that was condemned for encouraging bad behaviour among young people. Some records were banned from the radio, and others had their lyrics changed. Politicians called for laws banning the sending of offending records by post. But now the post-war generation has grown up, rock and roll is considered to be harmless.
A very balanced article on the shifting attitudes towards video games.