Report: “Games Worse Than Smoking” Group Funded By Atkinson

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Report: “Games Worse Than Smoking” Group Funded By Atkinson

South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, the man who fears gamers more than outlaw bikers, has given “tens of thousands of dollars in funding” to the group who this week said that videogames were more dangerous than smoking.

In a Channel Ten news report that attempted to link youth violence and videogames, Dr Wayne Warburton from the Australian Council on Children and the Media described the alleged link as “much greater than the effect of smoking on lung cancer.”

Now, as reported by News.com.au, it comes to light that the ACCM has received considerable funding from the office of Michael Atkinson, the censorship minister who opposes the introduction of an R18+ rating for videogames.

The ACCM’s website is the same website Mr Atkinson last year directed readers of his open letter towards to find out more about Professor Craig Anderson, the sole academic who research supports the minister’s position.

And it is Professor Anderson’s research who the Australian Christian Lobby referred to in their claims this week that the games industry “mirrors” the tobacco industry in its denial of the effects of violent videogames.

Remarkably, some of the money donated by Atkinson was spent on a brochure entitled Know Before You Go, in which the authors offered classification advice to parents on a range of films and TV shows aimed at children. Quite why the Attorney-General responsible for classification is funding the production of alternative classification advice is an issue for you to speculate upon in the comments below.

Video game ‘cancer’ group funded by Atkinson [News.com.au]

Comments

  • Nothing more than a tyrant with a god complex.

    Australia has spoken and we don’t subscribe to his fear-mongering anti-logic.

    Step down you lunatic, you’re done.

    • I hate to break it to you, but South Australia doesn’t speak until the 20th.

      I’m pretty sure the speach is going to be: “You’re better than the other guy; welcome back.”

      Atkinson isn’t going anywhere… his seat is too damn safe, and his party isn’t unpopular enough to get voted out.
      Within his own party, he’s seen to be doing a good job. Attourneys General aren’t responsible for just classification; and Atkinson does a good job enforcing the parties draconian line on drugs, crime, prostitution and bikies.

      • I was talking more or less directly about the 55,000 or so submissions to the discussion paper.

        I’m well aware he’s not going to lose his seat in an election, which is more or less why im telling him to step down.

        What you have is a polly who’s broken the cardinal rule of actually making a stand on something, if public support on an issue comes down on the other side to what he chose then he becomes a liability.

        But yeah, I can get why my cranky little post could have been misunderstood.

        • i know he is silly and all..

          But at least he stands for something, and doesnt dawdle. at least he says what he thinks you know..

          • Hitler stood for something, and he didn’t dawdle. He said what he thought.

            I’m not saying that Michael Atkinson is comparable to Hitler, but you get my point. Conviction is not intrinsically admirable.

  • Disgusting.
    Atkinson’s temerity and blatant bias never ceases to amaze me.
    Using public funds to support what is purely a personal crusade.
    Funnelling money into this ACCM organisation is in no way “in the public interest” and once again makes clear the fact that this man is abusing his power.
    It just burns me that I am a resident of NSW and can’t vote against him in the upcoming elections (viva Gamers4Croyden!).

  • There’s just not much you can say any more about him. He’s just getting more and more desperate and dirty. Just a big collective sigh.

    • I know!
      It’s a horrible, dirty plot…
      Hypocritical, too.
      Coming from the man who said “I assume the Gamers4Croydon campaign will involve criminal activities and dirty tricks, which is what I’ve come to expect from gamers”.

  • Awesome guys, you’ve done even better research than I did on this exact story. I still can’t believe the journalistic nightmare that was the Ten news report…

    • You should of checked out sunrise, they had the same school principal who said games were the spawn of satan, and their tech guru.

      Its always one sided on the news, the sunrise website didnt put up a comment box for their latest segment due to all the Pro18+ people pointing out flaws in their news reporting and the bias of their interviewees.

  • Another of the council’s projects, “Choosing Fright-Free Fight-Free Viewing: An intervention for parents of under sevens”, warns parents to approach the show Bananas in Pyjamas with caution because it contains slapstick comedy.

    An accompanying booklet states: “Slapstick comedy can make them think that things don’t actually hurt when in real life they do.”

    They have got to be kidding!!!

    And AAARGH!!! Theres that photo again!

  • Apologies for the second post in a row but I had to quote something from the news.com.au article referenced above:

    “Another of the council’s (ACCM) projects, “Choosing Fright-Free Fight-Free Viewing: An intervention for parents of under sevens”, warns parents to approach the show Bananas in Pyjamas with caution because it contains slapstick comedy.

    An accompanying booklet states: “Slapstick comedy can make them think that things don’t actually hurt when in real life they do.”

    If it wasn’t so sad I’d be wetting myself with hilarity as I sit here in my office.

  • Numerous authorities, including the U.S. Surgeon General, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and numerous courts have thoroughly and critically examined the social science research and found that it does not establish any causal link between violent content and violent behavior.
    Most recently in 2008, Drs. Cheryl K. Olson and Lawrence Kutner, co-founders and directors of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media, conducted a study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice on the effects of video games on young teenagers. In contrast to previous research, they studied real children and families in real situations. In their authoritative analysis, Grand Theft Childhood, they found that ‘the strong link between video game violence and real world violence, and the conclusion that video games lead to social isolation and poor interpersonal skills, are drawn from bad or irrelevant research, muddleheaded thinking and unfounded, simplistic news reports.’

  • As expected.

    Apparently, Atkinson is suing an internet commenter who called him a ‘crook’. For something like $20,000. So…

    Hello Michael Atkinson,

    You are a reprehensible, juvenile human being who has completely lost all sight of what it means to be a politician in this country. You are consistently abusing your position as Attorney General/MP for your own baffling personal vendetta against games which is always accompanied by zero evidence and insane statements with no basis in reality to try to support your claims. I am slightly ashamed of Australia because you are in it.

    Thank you.

    P.S. You’ve got 15 days left.

  • It frustrates me that conservative groups can make some generic statement espousing outdated misinformation about gaming and get mainstream media coverage.

    Yet a group like Gamers4Croyden provide genuinely logical and intellectual discussion, and struggle for attention.

    • That’s because the media only care about buzzwords that get them ratings, they don’t care if you use statistics that were practically pulled out your arse. The fact is that a well argued point is never as great as someone saying that games are worse than cancer.

    • The media exists on soundbytes and hyperbole. Simplifying a complex issue into a single sentence, preferrably one that implies that your children are about to die a horrible death, is how they work

      TV news practically invented the concept of TL:DR

    • if the journalist had taken 5 seconds to do a search in google they would of found g4c to approach them for comment, but aparently that might have been too much work for them, so now we are stuck with the rubbish being sprouted from two fronts.

    • That because the mainstream media dont want logical and intellectual discussion.

      Those dont provide sales or ratings, however extreme broad over-reaching statements that have no basis and cause some controversy are ratings/sales gold.

      • Perhaps Chris Prior should just say something ridiculously controversial like “Playing Left 4 Dead 2 for 4 hours straight cures homosexuality.”

        Maybe then G4C will gain some favour with the Australian Christian Lobby…

  • As we get closer to the fateful day, people round the world will say;
    “Who was that man that opposed the R18 rating, with his nonsensical debating?”
    But we shall not repeat his name, he, opposed to R-rated games
    His time is up, the war is won. His seat non-existent in Croydon.

  • After reading the article:

    “We don’t have much of a promotional budget (but) when people discover us they say they wish they’d discovered us sooner because they wouldn’t have taken their child to see Finding Nemo, for example.”

    What kind of parents don’t want their kids to see “Finding Nemo”? It reminds of the Flanders family on The Simpsons where they have sattelite TV but every channel is locked out.

    Ned: Is this all he watches?
    Maude: Well, he used to watch Davey and Goliath, but he thought the idea of a talking dog was blasphemous.

  • “The comparison between video games and smoking seems to have first been made by the Australian Christian Lobby.”

    I don’t understand why, in this day and age, Religious groups have any say or influence whatsoever in the governing of this nation.

    This whole games debate is getting more and more ridiculous. I can’t believe it has even come to this point.

      • And yet our public schools still provide ‘religious education’, where a volunteer comes in to teach the kids how to worship God correctly. You can opt out of it, of course… If you know about it before hand. They are not compelled to tell parents when it’s happening, we only found out because the teacher is a good one, and because we’re friends with the Muslim family in class. They are, understandably, even more pissed than us atheists are.

  • Video games don’t cause violence. A lack of moral base does. A child is never going to commit a violent act influenced by a video game unless he or she is already so amoral that they accept sociopathic behavior as the norm.

    I have never seen a case of a child’s moral understanding being changed by video games, only children who already show amoral behaviors and use video games as an excuse to justify their crimes.

    The sooner people like Atkinson and Warburton get off the bandwagon, the sooner we can stop blaming games as the cause of violence and start blaming the real causes.

    • Agreed, the only time a child would ever actually lash out because of a violent or dark video game, imo, would be if that child was already violent, had some sort of mental problem, or if they were on drugs.
      More than likely a child would just have a nightmare after playing a violent game.

  • The worst thing about this is Craig Anderson’s research doesn’t even conclude the claims they’re spouting!

    Nowhere in any of the studies he has done has he claimed that the correllation between videogames and violence is the same as scientists have found between passive smoking and lung cancer.

    What he has said is this:
    (from http://www.youngmedia.org.au/mediachildren/05_07_violence_anderson.htm)
    The medical research community knew that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer long before the general public came to hold such beliefs… The tobacco industry was quite effective keeping the public confused regarding the true causal effect of tobacco on lung cancer. Among other tactics, they promoted “experts” who claimed that the research was badly done, or was inconsistent, or was largely irrelevant… The media industries have been doing much the same thing, seeking out, promoting, and supporting “experts” willing to bash media violence research…

    One big difference between the tobacco industry case and the violent media case is that the main sources of information to the public (e.g., TV news shows, newspapers, magazines) are now largely owned by conglomerates that have a vested interest in denying the validity of any research suggesting that there might be harmful effects of repeated exposure to media violence. The tobacco industry certainly had some influence on the media, because of their advertising revenues, but the violent media industries are essentially a part of the same companies that own and control the news media. Thus, it is likely to be much more difficult for the general public to get an accurate portrayal of the scientific state of knowledge about media violence effects than it was to get an accurate portrayal of the tobacco/lung cancer state of scientific knowledge. Given that it took 30-some years for the public to learn and accept the tobacco/lung cancer findings, it seems unlikely that we’ll soon see a major shift in the public’s understanding of media violence effects.

    Which is hardly scientific investigation.

    • Wait… so he claims that the media bury all of his “truthful” research, and bring out “experts” that claim otherwise, and yet all I see being reported in the media is “games make kids more violent” and I have to look to non-mainstream media to debunk that. Clearly everyone should watch the same news Anderson does, because then they might actually get the truth

      • Agreed its hardly scientific, but this research is the sort paid for by people who don’t believe in science or good dentistry!

  • Hopefully this sort of publicity will add weight to the part in my submission suggestgin that he NOT be allowed to participate further in the consultation process due to his obvious bias and numerous times he has stated he will not support an R18+ classification for games. If the consultation process falls over because he says no with a smug expression on his face, then it’s just a waste of time!

  • That channel 10 video is almost laughable in its bias against gamers. They talk about youth becoming violent because of video games then cut to a shot of some blood from a fight in kings cross, then to a shot of that rugby player that kicked another player in the head and was banned for life from playing.

    Both of these events had nothing to do with violet video games, It’s just generic stock “crazy youth” footage from the vault. It’s typical stigmatising by the news, I remember just a few years ago when the news assumed just because I’m a 18 year old p plate driver I must be constantly speeding and going down to race my car and generally endangering lives, It’s the exact same deal right here.

    • Not even close.. smoking has over 100-200 years head start on video gaming which only appeared within the last 30-40 years or so..

      Smoking would have affected 3-4 generations as opposed to the 1-2 Gaming has now.

  • Wow. I think a lot of my extra curricular activities would be on AG Atkinson’s shit list. I play games, I smoke tobacco and maybe a little weed on special occasions. I dont mind a couple of beers with mates AND sometimes it happens when we’re playing video games too. Dont mind a bit of pre-marital sex either just to top it off.

    Religious zealots and Cult of Personalities like Atkinson (Senator Conroyis another one) should not have any degree of authority or political power. Not saying people like me should either, but there has to be a happy medium.

  • This is just disgusting, how can he still be in power, Using tax payers money to lauch a personal war against video games. It can’t be legal can it?

    However saying that violent video games cause violent people is just ridiculous. I have play games most my life, listen to rap music and watched action movies and have i ever hurt a single person? no i havn’t there is no solid connection between games and violence.
    What does make me angry enough to kill people is idiots like this. People who think they know what is best for me and have no idea who i am and how i interact with the world. However i can’t voice my thoughts and concerns because if i do, and get heated argument, they will just blame gaming as the cause of my anger, because they simple minded “crooks” that call themselves politicians and have no idea what is best for their people.

    I to wish i could vote this moron out, he is abusing his power and is no better then criminals that he trys to protect us from. He has no idea what his doing to this country and how he is causing more illegal problems then he is stopping. Due to him and his views i have to pirate a good 60% of my games because i wish to recive the full game not some watered down POS.

    Still with all the games i play im still not a violent person and never will be, all that games do is give weak people a excuse, it wasn’t the cause it was a excuse, and normal from parents who dont want to believe their kids are messed idiots normally due to bad parenting or some other sort of influence, or crooks like mister Atkinson using gaming to blame crimes because it looks good for their career.

    This makes me sick and i hope the loser is kicked out and we get the R rating on video games. However because its something that will actually help this country it wont happen, this country is going down and idiots like mister Atkinson are the cause.

    • At least they showed how to use parent locks for the non-tech parents that would be watching. At least that’s something they got right.

      • and the whole time they were doing it they had the tagline: Video Games make kids violent under it.

        And they never once named the study.

        • Don’t forget it’s in the best interests of the television networks to have people playing less games, because they’ll use that time to watch more TV instead.

  • “Experts argue that the gaming industry has much to account for – in ‘Modern Warfare: Call of Duty 2’, the highest selling media product of all time, gamers plot terror attacks against civillians”.
    – Ten News Report

    I wish the media would actually do some freaking research before they publish news like this – firstly, it’s CoD4: MW2, not MW: CoD2; secondly, assuming that MW2 is the game they are referring to, the only true part of the whole statement is its popularity has yet to be matched. Apart from anything else, plotting large-scale attacks is impossible in a first-person shooter (such as MW2), by it’s very nature.

  • But all in all, lets take a big step back here. . .

    Just what is Atkinsons problem with video games?
    I mean, I know he carries on about violence and inappropriate content, blah blah blah. . . but seriously, what is his problem?
    Its like he was put on this earth to destroy all video games and gamers. Like he has some serious personal issue with them.

    Was he traumatised by games as a child? Did his father use to beat him with an Atari 2600 paddle? (Yes, I know hes much older than that, but you get what I mean).

    I just dont understand him.

  • WHAT’S THAT SMELL? I THINK MICHEAL ATKINSON JUST SHIT HIS PANTS!!!!

    i can’t believe he’s actually scared of gamers, who are generally stereotyped as a bunch of weak little nerds. LOL

  • Once the world is rid of video games, Atkinson becomes free to target board games, olympic games, love games and general ‘fun and games’. One by one the gamers’ gates fall untill, finally, entertainment is an entirely passive medium.

    The remaining public are unentertained and, with stagnation, will become unentertainable. Through electronic media they are restricted to content suitable for a still-born.

    The world is rid of all restricted material but an alone, challenging image: the looping an Attorney-General masturbating his forehead.

  • So I finally have tracked down some of these studies they are referring to, the new articles from 2010. In the same journal issue we have Anderson’s new ‘meta analysis’ where he summarizes the results of many studies on the subject. The second article is a refutation against his work and methodologies. Yet, we only ever hear about that first kind, the sort of study that says violent games make kids violent, not the studies that say Anderson’s research is fundamentally flawed AND its results are vastly overstated.

    • There’s this worrying trend for when the news reports on some new science, that people just take whatever the wizend old man (invariably) in the lab coat says as scripture, never mind who funds a particular study…
      or if it was peer reviewed in a good journal…
      or if they used the wrong epidemiological analysis…
      or if their methodology was up to scratch…
      …as some examples

      Equally scary is how quickly a politically infused sound bite can become dogma for some people.
      If I found a number of concurrent, independent studies in well respected peer review journals suggesting that an R18+ rating would some how ‘corrupt the children’ I would have a serious think about the needs of my entertainment over the safety of other.
      It’d be nice if Atkinson would give others the same courtesy though…

      I hope media watch picks up on all this pseudo science and funding at anyrate. No body burns like jonathan holmes.

      • I wrote a 2500 word letter to TEN about the videogame segment breaking down the problems with their report, I sent it to TEN, MediaWatch and Kotaku. Next day, we have this topic on the site, so maybe next week Media Watch will have something on it 🙂

  • Atkinson is so over the top, he is pretty much a caricature of a reprehensible politician. Hungry for power, spiteful, pushes a personal agenda, tries to drum up support using some of the most emotional arguments around, quotes farcical reports and belittles his opponents. I hope this guy crawls under a rock and never returns.

  • This has got to be a joke… seriously.

    Michael Atkinson, can we please focus on the ORIGINAL topic “R18+ Classification for Computer Games”??????

    He is basically discriminating against all gamers…
    he is delusional

  • Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    Unless I am mistaken, did he not play down research from Bond University stating that it had been funded by the game industry thus was not credible?

  • You know the weirdest thing
    I think this is a slander campaign all across the media at the moment
    Ive seen numerous stories on research into violent video games on Sunrise, Channel Ten
    Channel Nine
    Every time i see it, i can only imagine someone like that Christian group or Atkinson is funding it since they know the R18 issue is gonna get through
    And by doing that theyre gonna scare the general public with misinformation
    It simply cant be coincidence that these stories are popping up now

  • Oh yeah because Gaming puts Huge amounts of stress on the health system from all the lung cancer it causes

    And the govt cant charge nearly as much tax on it

    and theres no Gaming-addiction patches

    Gaming Totally fills your body with all sorts of harmful chemicals called Coca-cola, mountain dew pizza

    gaming totally causes people in the proximitty of them to struggle to breath

    Piss off can i make a group called “Stupid comparisons R’ us”

  • Slap some health warnings on our game boxes then and bring on the R18+ rating! FFS… I just want my games in the form they were originally intended. Just like smokers just want their damn smokes.

  • Ok seriously, these crappy studies need to stop. If you want a REAL scientific study into any trends that may or may not exist between video games and violence – get some psychologists who have published well respected peer reviewed journal articles to do one.

    I’ve tried doing a search for a proper study in psychology and psychiatry databases and I can’t find one. It seems the only studies that have been done can only be found via a google search and have been carried out by groups who quite frankly, I wouldn’t respect from a scientific viewpoint because of their bias.

    The media have a habit of latching onto studies that are very often incomplete, results unconfirmed or scientifically shady. The day an article pops up in Nature linking games and violence is the day I believe all this bullcrap. It really annoys me how the media approaches scientific studies. Just wish atkinson would go the heck away.

    • There are numerous studies on the area. Try the Psychological Bulletin 2010 issue, Psychology Law & Crime August 2007, Journal of Adolescence 2004. Particularly that first one.

      • Ooo, thanks (didn’t notice your previous post haha). Reading these confirm my previous thought. The media are once again reporting on evidence where they don’t have the complete story. The article by Unsworth et al in the 2007 Psychology Law and Crime is an interesting take (those who are predisposed to aggression are more likely to be violent). Wonder if that’s true.

        • I particularly like the new issue of the Psychological Bulletin, where the first article is Anderson saying his thing, and the second is a criticism of Anderson et al and their methods… no one hears about that on the news though.

  • “much greater than the effect of smoking on lung cancer.”

    I think I just died a little inside.

    The health effects of smoking are relatively well known, and have been for a while now. Additionally, these negative effects apply to nearly all people who smoke regularly.
    I won’t deny that the potential for antisocial and violent behaviour caused by video games exists, but any link has not been satisfactorally demonstrated, and to even compare this psychological effect with smoking is phenomenonally stupid. It would imply that the vast majority of people who play violent video games would break down into violent animals, whilst in reality it is an extremely small percentage of ‘gamers’ who display these tendencies and hence receive a disproportionate share of media attention. Indeed, it is often the case that there were many other factors contributing to the dysfunctional behaviour of these individuals.

    To use public monies to fund groups that espouse biased attitudes and who use misinformation and fearmongering (which Atkinson has clearly demonstrated he is capable of performing himself…) is an outrage, akin to the propaganda used in many dictatorships throughout the world which attempt to convince us that we agree with a Draconian policy that will be implemented with or without public approval.

    Even Atkinson’s motives reek of Orwellian contempt for the abilities of parents to adequately monitor the behaviours of their children, and a dismissal of the right for consenting adults to choose.

  • Aaaaand next week, learn how Crack Cocaine its 10x better for your child then seeing a video game played. An Exclusive story funded by wild Attorney Generals and sensationalist news programs!

  • it makes me angry, games dont kill people inhaling bullshit toxins kills people .. is my ps3 emitting nicotine im not aware about? guys? help me!

  • Video games are flashing lights and buttons. Smoking is fire and smoke in your lungs (where they shouldn’t be) and is a major cause of lung cancer.

    Flashing lights are worse than lung cancer?

  • “Oh, woe is us. Many many violent games in the world. Why aren’t they rated R18 Mr Atkinson? Will you save our children from their unspeakable horror and tell us WHY? Think of the children!”

    On a more serious note, I had relatives who have died from lung cancer caused by smoking. My girlfriend works in a hospital and knows that smokers are a huge drain.

    Games, on the other hand… I’ll admit they can cause violent behaviour, but only if the person is psychologically damaged anyway. For that, better parenting is key. A R18 rating would only help that.

    Has Atkinson provided us with some fodder in the R18 battle here?

  • The logic in the argument is like saying:
    There are more seeds in 1 Watermelon than a single Grape therefore, don’t eat Watermelons because your chances to choke on a seed and die are much higher than that of death by choking on seeds from Grapes.

    Eff Eff Ess.

  • What I can’t understand is why he waited until after the closing date for submission papers passed. Surely if he wanted to sway the public’s opinion, he’d try it whilst they could still make (negative) submissions.

    In any case, this could actually work against him. No rational person would actually believe these claims – especially not all those people who have lost love ones to lung cancer, or even have it themselves.

  • when they can’t even get the title of cod:mw2 right, it really shows how much effort channel ten put in to researching their stories. and here i was thinking they had more of a youthful perspective than seven and nine.

  • Too many people these days, are willing to believe things on insufficient evidence (in this case little to none). Someone should email MA an explanation of what “confirmation bias” means.

    This does reak of the moral-superiority often associated with people who believe that their all-powerful imaginary friend is on their side.

    But of course, we have no evidence of that…

  • I honestly makes me feel almost ill that this kind of thing can happen in Australia. Seriously the people who are supposed to give a balanced and unbiased judgement on classification are running what basically amounts to hate campaigns at the same time?

    Seriously does this not make you ashamed to be Australian?

  • Another survey which slants its findings towards the views of those who fund it. Why is anyone really surprised? Those who blame “religion” as the culprit here should also consider that science is the prostitute who whores itself out to the highest bidder. While the merits of the so-called science can be questioned it is yet another “study” which is picked up by the media and displayed to the general public as fact.

  • O brave and intrepid Andrew Ramadge!

    Going where no man has dared to tread, he’s “discovered” that a group that opposes the legalisation of R18+ level games has received funding from the SA AG! Shock! Horror!

    To expose this link, he bravely explored the Home page of the Australian Council on Children and the Media, and their Annual Reports.

    This discovery is only new to Andrew. What he “found out” has been exposed to view every week in major newspapers in Adelaide for some years.
    The Sunday Mail has been running ACCM’s “Know before you Go” movie reviews on its entertainment pages every week for the past 3 months, complete with an acknowledgement of the SA AG’s funding contribution. The Adelaide “ Advertiser” carried the reviews and attribution weekly for at least 2 years before that.

    The ACCM’s projects have been funded from a range of Govt (both Labor and Liberal) and non-government agencies, and are separate from its advocacy.

    ACCM has a reputation for independent advocacy that is respected by many, based as it is, on the latest reviews of research by professionals in the field.

    Could Ramadge’s attempt at ridicule have any link to his own position in the R18+ games debate?

  • The credibility and impartiality of ACCM’s views must come into question when its funding is sourced (partly or wholly) from the SA Attorney Generals Dept. To cast a view that would be contrary to Atkinsons own position on videogames would jeopardize that funding, so ACCM is essentially a mouthpiece of Atkinson and a way for Atkinson to legitimise his personal view that there is a connection between violence and videogames. This is the same man who had a major role in gagging the SA publics right to freedom of speech during the SA elections, so it wouldn’t surprise me that he directed ACCM to make a public statement on the “harms” created by playing videogames. Is it a coincidence that this “report” was released around the same time of the closing date for people to provide their views on the discussion paper on R rated games. Really though, can anyone take ACCM’s analysis seriously. Trying to make a connection between the harms of smoking and playing videogames is certainly creative but hardly scientific.

  • Lets see if that is true. I’ll quit gaming and start smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and see how much longer I’ll live.

  • No matter how bad the douche is, mainstream media and organised religion is so much worse, and both are what gives crook’s like Atkinson true power.
    An for the record, programs like Sunrise, and the mainstream news programs, current affair, etc, all are generally going to be watched regardless of what they put on – it’s not so much about ratings, it’s more about pushing their own views and the views they get paid to push.

  • Best idea ever…

    Due to Atkinsons love of frivilous lawsuites because of peoples opinions of him. Class action suite against Atkinson due to his defamation of gamers… and we as gamers being defamed have had our reputations damaged in the eyes of society.

    If only i had the money to take someone to court for no good reason like he does.

  • This just in: Being spoonfed soundbites by daytime TV makes you stupid, gullible and leads to uninformed knee-jerk decision making.

    Disprove that, Sunrise.

  • Hi Folks
    I live in S.A., and have just finished up 12 years in the S.A. Public Service as a tech for the Courts computer systems. While not directly involved with the AG’s department, I had enough contact to glean an experiential viewpoint.

    Like almost every heirachical structure on the planet, what I view as corruption was rife, driven mainly by the need to maintain constant funding.

    I’m also an ex-drug addict, armchair philosopher and by many “normal” standards, a head-case.

    I have been in the past, and continue to be, revolted by the nature and degree of societal manipulation that occurs within government – it was my principal reason for leaving.

    While it may be argued that Mr Atkinson got and maintains his position as a result of the electoral process, “insiders” will (probably very quietly) tell you similar stories to mine.

    It’s pretty obvious that all contentious issues must be “thrashed out” to establish a realistic base-line or norm for any given society, however when the structure of that society procludes genuine assessment due to vested interests, the whole concept falls down.

    How can we have truth and honesty in a community where even my all-powerful vote does not necessarily go to the person I vote for?

    It’s just plain wicked, and mankind needs to get get a rapid and sure grip on reality, rather than scare-mongering and profiteering.

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