Deputy UK PM: Games Like GTAV Can Have Detrimental Effects
Prepare yourselves, because you'll be seeing similar headlines for the next few months (at least).
Deputy United Kingdom prime minister Nick Clegg has warned against the "corrosive effect" on behavior that games like Grand Theft Auto V can have. In speaking on his LBC radio show (as cited by The Guardian), Clegg said that such games can have all sorts of negative effects, such as social isolation:
"Clearly these games can have an incredibly powerful, and I suspect in some cases corrosive effect, on someone's behavior, someone's outlook; they get shut off, they don't talk to other people, they just stay in their living room, their bedroom hunkered down in front of their computer. They occupy a hermetically sealed world of their own and that can have a very detrimental effect."
Clegg couldn't seem to cite any statistics to enforce his claims, but he did add that parents have a "heavy responsibility" to ensure that their children spend time with only games that are appropriate for their age. He said this task is especially challenging because gaming has evolved rapidly, and many parents don't quite understand that. Well, at least that part is true. As for the "hermetically sealed world," that happens when I'm reading, too, Nick. Should I worry about any "corrosive behavior" from that?
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto V
9/20/2013 11:14:45 AM Ben Dutka