So, I hear on the radio the latest hysteria about violent videogames – a game called Little Hooliganz, a football hooligan game marketed to children as young as 7.
And I thought to myself: here we go again. As a video game developer myself, I despair at the negative press that games get: I think most video games are harmless, and the few that conceivably aren’t usually carry an 18 certificate (that parents ignore).
However, this time I was appalled by the concept behind the game (and they also make hooligan toys).
I think it’s a terrible message, but what can you really do about internet-based games? Get them to put an “I am 18” button on the website that kids will click anyway, and pretty please don’t present your game in a child-friendly way? Or censorship?