“You get rewarded for killing people, raping women, stealing money from prostitutes, driving cars crashing and killing people,” says NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.
In an article in the Telegraph (or at least the Australian version), Scipione said that the prevalence of people that are “not just prepared to carry a knife, but prepared to use it” has “increased significantly” and that there is “nothing more potentially damaging than the sort of violence they’re being exposed to, be it in movies, be it in console games they’re playing.”
“How can it not affect you if you’re a young adolescent growing up in an era where to be violent is almost praiseworthy, where you engage in virtual crime on a daily basis and many of these young people (do) for hours and hours on end,” he said.
“You get rewarded for killing people, raping women, stealing money from prostitutes, driving cars crashing and killing people,” he added, presumably referring to the usual scapegoat of the Grand Theft Auto series, although the second point he raised is absent from the games.
Killing people is mentioned twice in the quote.
“That’s not going to affect the vast majority but it’s only got to affect one or two and what have you got? You’ve got some potentially really disturbed young person out there who’s got access to weapons like knives or is good with the fist, can go out there and almost live that life now in the streets of modern Australia,” he said.
As VG247 correctly state, here in the UK PEGI is now law, so at least clear ratings are shown for our videogames. Perhaps that should be a clear focus for those responsible?