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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

Tags: grand theft auto v, gtav, gaming industry, video game violence

9/20/2013 11:14:45 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

Temjin001
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 11:31:15 AM
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This social isolation issue is actually used as lucrative advertising for some game publishers. The ad window, for instance, here at PSXe often displays for me Wartune ads. The ad features half naked fantasy women with "for mature male gamers only. once you're in your friends will never see you again."

My friends will never see me again? That's supposed to be compelling that this game is THAT amazing that I'd rather live a virtual life and feel good about that?

Anyway, I do think this is the greater issue involving adverse effects of video games. It's not so much the violence. It's not so much the first person interactive killing. But it's the time sink some games can create for people. They give up acres of their life to entertain their mind with this stuff. It just can't be healthy. I view mmorpg's as the primary culprit here.


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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 11:46:49 AM

Haha that ad' always makes me laugh. I presume it is a cheap MMO (?) which sells itself by displaying erotic female pics then it states 'For mature male gamers only...' I could be wrong on the whole game, but the idea on the consequence is amusing.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 11:45:15 AM
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"I have no evidence, science can not come up with any proof, I have never played a video game, but I am an expert on everything and I have a feeling that they cause people to behave a certain way so I must be right."

If there's any correlation maybe people who shut themselves away need something to do in the mean time, in which case I think a virtual life is probably better than none at all.

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touchyourtoes
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 1:27:56 PM
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" As a 16-year-old exchange student in Munich, he and a friend drunkenly set fire to what he called "the leading collection of cacti in Germany"."

Saw this posted elsewhere, his word meant nothing to me when I didn't know who he was, it means even less to me now.

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Knightzane
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 2:26:21 PM
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Children. Should. Not. Be. Playing. GTAV. Parents responsibilities should be to not let little Timmy or little Johnny play it at all. With all the crap that's been happening with parents not being happy about all the violence in video games, you would think they wouldn't buy their kids GTAV. M = Mature, 17+. This guy is a quack like Michael's therapist. I hope that wasn't a spoiler, sorry if it was.

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shaydey77
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 2:39:04 PM
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Social Isolation? What about the poor person that was stabbed in England after the midnight launch? The amount of sterling pumped around the economy through the sale of this one game alone?

I was in the UK last week. There are adverts everywhere down on the tube, bus and train stations and newspapers. Why wait until now to say this? Also, clearly if people ar off the streets playing a videogame it means that some small portion are not out in gangs or commiting real crimes.

Anything can have detrimental effects. It just depends what you do with the subject in question.

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greg238
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 4:31:37 PM
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Man wtf I play video games nd still have time 4 friends nd family this guy

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ulsterscot
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 8:11:25 PM
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Clegg and his Lib Dems are idiots - and the Guardian is a left wing rag. So considering the source = zero cred.

Didn't GTA originate in Scotland?

Imagine GTA VI set in Glasgow - straight razers, hatchets, wind, rain - and subtitles for North America - epic

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PlatformGamerNZ
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 10:09:08 PM
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you make a good point with the reading example and yes politions and the general public just don't get aye.

happy gaming =)

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Beamboom
Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 10:01:07 AM
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One really can't compare this with reading a book.
If you could enter the world of that book and stroll around and have a chat with the characters and essentially do whatever you like, then sure.
But sitting there, passively being told a story either via words or pictures can't really compare with being served a virtual world to interact with.

I don't think we should be so quick with just dismissing this whole idea. We are now on a steady course towards being able to enter "virtual worlds" in real, first person 3D (as opposed to watching a screen), and that will further cause a major increase on the level of impact of these worlds.


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Lunar_Miyuki
Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 2:17:56 PM
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you know they said the same cr*p about TVS when they first came out then they said the same cr*p about VHS players when they first came out and because games are evolving they never are going to stop attacking games because they cant comprehend videogames are actually interesting and a work of art and story telling

if you want the closest comparison to a videogame it would be 1 of those books that gives you multiple choices and sends you to different pages for a sumwhat different story and a different ending

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