[NetBehaviour] Hey, hey, ho, ho – Video-game censorship has got to go.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Sep 16 02:05:38 CEST 2008
Hey, hey, ho, ho – Video-game censorship has got to go.
Aaron Delwiche / Trinity University
Five weeks ago, approximately two dozen anti-war protestors marched on
Ubisoft’s offices in San Francisco. Organized by the group Direct Action
to Stop the War (DASW), the demonstration targeted the French game
developer for “porting” the game America’s Army from the PC to the Xbox
360 home gaming console. Activists objected to the game’s sanitized
representations of warfare, and criticized its developers for
deliberately “toning down the gore” in order to secure a “teen” ESRB
rating, making it possible to market the game to thirteen-year olds.
Disturbed by the game’s seamless integration with virtual army
recruiting centers, demonstrators urged Ubisoft to package the game with
consumer safety labels stating:
"Warning: The video game America’s Army has been developed by the United
States Army to recruit children under the age of 17 in violation of the
U.N. Optional Protocol and international law. Combat service has been
known to cause death, irreparable injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder and lifelong feelings of overwhelming guilt."
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