Minister demands shops be stripped of Medal of Honor
That said, if you're in your thirties and reading this, you've already been exposed to gaming since you were born. A heavy diet of Asteroids, Jet Set Willy and Operation Wolf has no doubt taken it's toll by now, transforming you into a perverted serial killer. You're probably dissolving a body in the bath while you read this.
Of course, preventing social decay isn't always enough for those who want to rule on our lifestyle choices; what if a game simply isn't... very British? The Government's Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, wants shops to ban the next Medal of Honor game, released in October, because players can take on the role the Taliban and kill Allied troops.
According to Yahoo, Fox said:
"It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban. At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands.
"I am disgusted and angry. It's hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product."
A spokeswoman for the game's developer, Electronic Arts, told the Sunday Times:
"The format of the new Medal of Honor game merely reflects the fact that every conflict has two sides. We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays the cop, someone must be robber."
It's fair to say the game won't be to everyone's tastes, but then neither is Alan Carr. How many thousands of video games have recreated real-life battles or scenarios? The mafia isn't fictional, nor are the families that have had loved ones killed by them, but nobody's too concerned by social gaming on Facebook. Ah, but they're not British, are they? Fair point.
Interestingly, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has distanced itself from the comments of the Defence Secretary, stating the game will have an 18 certificate, meaning "there is a clear choice for consumers which they can exercise when making decisions about purchasing video games."