Attila the Pun
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Gun bad, sword good

The National Institute on Media and the Family has released its annual report on which computer games kiddies should avoid.

It appears basically that anything involving a gun is on the list, so we get a top 4 of:

Doom 3
Grand Theft Auto 3: San Andreas
Half life 2
Halo 2

I agree that people should avoid Doom 3, but only because it was crap. I can't really argue with the GTA entry - you get to shoot, bash, rob and run over people, speed, steal cars, break into homes etc etc. It is not a family friendly game. Half life 2 is mostly killing aliens, but you do knock over a few human quislings as well, so maybe. But Halo 2? You are saving earth by blowing away alien scum! Its basically a community service.

But what is suprising is the list of 'recommended' games - Myst IV, Jak 3 and Prince of Persia.

Prince of Persia?:

Amidst the scorched sands of ancient Persia, there is a legend spun in an ancient tongue. It speaks of a time borne by blood and ruled by deceit. It is within this war torn land that a young Prince discovers a magic dagger. Drawn to its dark powers, he is led to unleash a deadly evil upon the reaches of his father’s vast kingdom. Aided by the wiles of a seductive princess and the absolute powers of the Sands of Time, the Prince stages a harrowing quest to reclaim the Palace’s cursed chambers, and restore peace to the very fabric of Time itself. He must tread these dangers carefully, however. Because in this world, there is only one rule: master the Sands, or be buried.

Even ignoring the publicity blurb, the game involves, inter alia, running around with a dirty great big sword, as well as a magical dagger, running up walls and stabbing/chopping people. I fail to see why that is okay for the kiddies, but helping Master Chief take down the Covenant is taboo. Why can the Prince carry a magical shiv, but Chief can't pack heat?

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