Violent video games unfit for holiday season What others say

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

We wish we could say that this computer game was created by some reptilian rogue with one foot out of the primoridal swamp, but the gamemakers, out of Scotland, defend their invention by saying it's just taking history into the interactive.

Puh-lease. We rate this in the same category as the PC-mayhem games of Roadkill, Grand Theft Auto and Ethnic Cleansing.

Yes, folks, it's all out there for our consumption. In the free marketplace of ideas, there will be beauty and there will be sewage. The new generation of video games, hotly defended by their manufacturers, are in the latter category.

The tough part is, there isn't much we can do about it. Banning violent games is out of the question, since we'd have to start with dodgeball. Protecting children from them is the only reasonable recourse, and a tough one to execute.

Western society has so much to offer, what a shame that people would waste their talents or their money on something with such little redeeming social value.

This JFK game is one incident where we'll have to agree with Sen. Ted Kennedy, who said through his spokesman: "It's despicable."

The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Nov. 29

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