Gerry Harvey Would Ban 'Leisure Computers', Thinks Kids' Minds Are 'Screwed Up On Games'

Despite the fact he set-up an offshore retail service, providing import games for Australian consumers, and despite the fact he stocks consoles and video games in his stores nationwide, Gerry Harvey went on a televised rant last night on computer games, claiming that kids today are "screwed up on games". Harvey also said that, if he could, he would ban all "leisure computers".

We can only assume that, by leisure computers, he is talking about consoles.

In an interview with Ten Late News regarding the state of Australian retail, Harvey went on a largely unprovoked rant, sharing the kind of language and ideas I assumed went out with the ice age.

I think one of the great tragedies with youth is that they spend so much time playing games and crap on computers and they’re not outside. You’re not healthy and it’s a big problem in our society. If I could get rid of computers, all leisure computers for all of Australia I probably would. They can have them at school, but leisure time — no.
We’re talking about kids playing games mostly online and wasting their life away basically playing games online because they’re not getting any physical activity and their minds are screwed up on these games.

Is this real life? Is this the same man who sells import games via his online store? Is this the same man selling the consoles he wants to ban in his stores?

Wow. Gerry's said some pretty crazy things in the past, including a claim that online retail doesn't work, but this takes the cake. Actually, I think my favourite part is where he calls consoles 'leisure computers'. Gold Jerry, gold.

You can watch the full interview here. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Thanks Matt H


Comments

    Another wise statement from Gerry Hypocrite.. we should all pay attention to everything this great man says and does.

    Ok, I won't argue that kids need to get out and exercise, but that comes down to parents monitoring things. As for minds are screwed up on these games., there have been studies that show quite the opposite. Cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier did a TED talk a little while ago about the study of video games and the effect they have on your brain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=FktsFcooIG8
    Its long, but worth watching, and goes a long way to dispel the notion that games are having a negative mental effect.
    As a side note, by Gerry's logic, should not TV's be banned? And iPads/Tables, even smart phones for that matter.

    Why is it that everyone's automatic solution to a problem is to just Ban It???

    It's not the technology's fault that kids are addicted or sitting on it all day, most of the time its the parents fault. You want your kids to get out more then stop depending on technology to Baby Sit them and actually monitor what their doing and take action to make sure your kid isn't just dependent on Technology

    I really hate this whole idea of "let's use everything else as a scape goat to shy away from what the real problems are"...it ain't the technology's that kids are addicted...I point my finger directly at the parents...be a parent and stop relying on the Xbox or PS3 to Babysit them all the time

    He always comes across like a grumpy grandpa, especially when things don't look good for his business (and pretends to care about other business)

    And that's fine...if he feels that strongly about Leisure Computing then I simply suggest to stop selling games in your stores Gerry. Hey its not like I ever buy stuff from his rip off merchant stores as it is.

    So if you feel that strongly Gerry then live by your words and stop being a hypocrite and just stop selling anything to do with the gaming industry

    Personally, I think social media is 'screwing up kids' more than 'leisure' gaming.

    Can someone please photoshop Gerry Harvey sitting at a 70s mainframe with the title 'The latest in Leisure computers - available now at Harvey Norman'. That would be gold.

    Last edited 06/02/13 11:22 am

      I can't stop laughing at the thought. Someone PLEASE do this!

    Fuck he's a PR nightmare, his wife must be face palming every time he does this.

    I've banned myself from buying anything from Harvey Norman.

    while he is wrong a fair amount, he does have one good point and that is that alot of kids now would rather stay inside and watch tv/use a console or pc than go and play outside

      "alot of kids now would rather stay inside and watch tv/use a console or pc than go and play outside"

      Firstly, that is a generalization that I have found to be fueled by mainstream media with the target audience of the aging population in an attempt to diagnose the misguided youth. Such a mindset is encouraged to this aging population in programs such as 'Today Tonight' and 'A Current Affair'. This same aging population is the target demographic for these type of programs.

      Secondly, it is this target audience that merely sees technology as a 'play-thing'. The Internet has connected us on a global scale and allowed such discussion as this to occur. It has raised awareness of global events and encouraged global collaboration. These are just a couple of examples that are not seen within the narrow mindset of the aging population.

      Thirdly, there is an assumption that just because people use computers it means they don't socialize outdoors. There has always, always been those that preferred indoor activities to outdoor activities. That doesn't change, the tools they use do.

      "alot of kids now would rather stay inside and watch tv/use a console or pc than go and play outside"

      Firstly, that is a generalization that I have found to be fueled by mainstream media with the target audience of the aging population in an attempt to diagnose the misguided youth. Such a mindset is encouraged to this aging population in programs such as 'Today Tonight' and 'A Current Affair'. This same aging population is the target demographic for these type of programs.

      Secondly, it is this target audience that merely sees technology as a 'play-thing'. The Internet has connected us on a global scale and allowed such discussion as this to occur. It has raised awareness of global events and encouraged global collaboration. These are just a couple of examples that are not seen within the narrow mindset of the aging population.

      Thirdly, there is an assumption that just because people use computers it means they don't socialize outdoors. There has always, always been those that preferred indoor activities to outdoor activities. That doesn't change, the tools they use do.

      Violence and crime also play a role in why kids can't go outside.
      When I was young we could go to the park now you go to the park and get molested, robbed or bashed.

    I'm more concerned about the fact he'd have "leisure computers" at school. Shouldn't kids be... I dunno... learning stuff at school instead of playing video games?

    So I guess.he would ban films, books, music and any other kind of non-physical entertainment and hobby? Nah just another old fart who has some sort of pathological issue with."leisure computers" LOL.

    Oh Gerry, not only are you fat and theiunhealthy yourself, but did you know your stores sell leisure computers and all accessories?

    He's always been a total twit, but it really makes me wonder if he has an undiagnosed mental issue. Surely a healthly minded person couldnt say these things with a straight face.

    if by "leasure computers" he means gaming computers then most stores dont sell them (they do however sell computers capable of lplaying some games)

    if he means consoles then....yeah no

    well, guess where I'm not doing any of my shopping.

    Ban everything, because no one has self control...

    In these comments, people talking as if they actually shopped at Harvey Norman. Why?

      I used to buy the packs of AA alkaline batteries they'd usually have in their bargain bins but that was about it.

      Because baby wants to be a grown up and make grown up decisions too.

    Funny would he say the same thing about his interest free TV's or surround sound systems or couches and chairs he's sold for decades? One would argue TV's and couches are far less involving than leisure computers in relation to exercise or being outside as he put it.

    If we are banning "leisure computers" we should also ban "leisure tv" since they also "prevent" people from going outside.

    I love it how when people make statements such as this, they seem to forget that its more beneficial for ones health to play games than watch tv. You mind is a lot more active while playing computer games (in particular puzzle/word games).

    Also by playing games, you are actually burning "energy" and can also help fight off diseases such as alzheimer's

    I agree, nothing wrong with admitting that it was created social problems despite it's benefits. Just sad that many will deny it and brush it off.

    Paraphrase Gerry, "I am scared of the future, I don't understand it, and suck at making money from it, it must be broken... lazy kids make fun of me... have you seen my pill bottle... can we... what was I saying?"

    No wonder kids are so obsessed with games - if someone told you about something called a leisure computer, how could you resist?

    Is that a discrete Seinfeld reference at the end there? When Banya says "That's gold Jerry, Gold!"

    Guys/girls,

    Yes, Gerry Harvey is a jackass who in his comments sounds like the kind of person who, when asked about the hip new thing in popular entertainment, would probably refer to those 'pesky Nintendo Video Games Tapes'. Yes, this guy will try to extract as much cash from his customers as possible and is a terrible hypocrite. Neither of these things surprise me.

    However, as much as he sounds like a self-interested, out of touch fogey (and as much as I personally dislike him for his socially reactionary views on everything from immigrants to the homeless), he's actually got a point, here. There are only so many hours in the day and if kids are playing games or on the web, they aren't doing something else. Games are awesome but, like everything else, should be enjoyed in moderation.

    I'm sorry, but if your kids are spending more time playing video games (which should be instead of, not on top of TV) than imaginative or outdoor play, then there's something going wrong. It's not a simple case of "childhood is different these days, get with the times" as one poster suggested, we're mammals who need exercise and non-authored entertainment (yes, video games may exercise the imagination, but they are still an authored medium - even Minecraft is) for healthy physical and mental development.

    Yes, this is ranty. But the fact is that shut-ins who spend more time looking at a screen than the world (excepting those that don't have a choice in the matter) are not in the long-term best interests of video games as a cultural medium or gaming as a respectable sub culture in the same way that people who get drunk and glass people before dying early of cirrosis (sp.?) are not in the best interest of those who want to enjoy a beer without being slugged with sin taxes or harassed by bouncers and law enforcement every time they go out.

    That comparison might be going a bit far, but you get the point.

    And no, I'm not trying to troll, I just feel very passionate about this.

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now