Call to ban ‘obscenely cruel’ computer games

Evening Standard UK 16 Nov 06
The “obscene cruelty” of a psychological horror computer game has sparked calls for an EU-wide crackdown to safeguard children. Sony Playstation’s The Rule of Rose has so shocked Europe’s justice commissioner Franco Frattini that he has written to all EU governments urging action to tighten controls on “dreadful” games which show and glorify violence.He said: “An increasing number of such games display and even glorify violence, sometimes extreme violence. In particular one of the latest games (The Rule of Rose) relates to a young girl who becomes submitted to psychological and physical violence. This has shocked me profoundly for its obscene cruelty and brutality.” The Rule of Rose is a horror game involving a girl kidnapped by a secret society of orphans. The game has already caused controversy in Mr Frattini’s native Italy, where the Mayor of Rome has vowed to have it banned.Mr Frattini said: “Games where you are supposed to shoot down ordinary people walking on the streets or where you have to bully children at schools are other examples of obscene and perverse games. “These types of games are dreadful examples for our children and may provoke or encourage violence or bully behaviour by children, or suggest this is a normal behaviour.”