Whenever Matt Hewson feels like going on a killing spree, he comes here instead. In other words, we have the H-Bombs column to thank for our very lives.
When I was a much younger chap I used to have quite a bit to do with Junior Rugby League. I worked at coaching clinics and was a junior referee for quite some time. While I was helping these keen kids and steering them around the park I made a discovery about junior sport. This discovery was that junior sport would be perfect if it wasn’t for the parents holding it back. Why am I bringing this up I hear you ask? Well it seems that the above piece of advice translates to gaming quite well. Gaming would be almost perfect if it wasn’t for the parents holding it back.
Throughout the whole R18+ debate we all kept hearing from groups such as the ACL that if violent, risqué, criminal content appears in videogames then regardless of classification, children will get access to it. In my naivety I thought surely no parent will let their child play an R18+ game. Surely that big black sticker would be enough to warn even the most inattentive child carer that this piece of software was not for their child. Well I must sadly say that I was wrong on all counts. It was during my Thursday ritual of heading to the shopping centre to have a coffee/hot choccie with my son that I witnessed something that made me question objectionable game content in a way I never have before. It got me asking myself if we should really be “thinking of the children” and not ourselves in regards to what happens in video games. Read the rest of this entry »