GTA ban over-reaction

VIDEO games were never a thing in the McGovern household.

See, mum's rationale was that it would turn me into a murderous psychopath.

She obviously didn't realise they make video games on things other than murderous psychopaths.

She also obviously didn't realise that playing Snake on her pre-colour-screen phone was actually much more likely to induce a desire to kill someone.

Those walls just wouldn't go away!

But this week, many video gamers were rocked when Target announced its refusal to sell Grand Theft Auto 5.

Why?

Well, obviously because of its violent content and degradation of women.

And boy, has there been a backlash.

The wider gaming community has labelled the move a complete over-reaction, saying not only that virtual reality has prevented their personal lives from becoming as bloodthirsty as the game, but also that the game does not condone violence in any way.

First of all, this is a very low-stakes situation - you could just go to EB Games and buy it there.

Second, that second point is a load of rubbish - it's called Grand Theft Auto. It doesn't just condone violence, it celebrates it.

Third, however, their first point is pretty accurate.

Grand Theft Auto - as brutal as it may be - is only offensive to people who are actually watching it.

So if you don't want to be offended, don't watch it in action.

Why do we feel the need to completely over-react to all of these things that have only the slight potential to offend someone who has obviously gone to the trouble of buying it in the first place?

There's got to be a few movies on Target's shelves with a bit of violence in them. Are they gone?

Heck, when I visited Target before Mother's Day this year, there was an aisle with the tag "Great Gifts for Mum", which contained nothing but kitchenware.

Let's be honest: the big wigs at Target are not sitting back in their office recliners this week basking in the knowledge that violence against women has been completely obliterated thanks to their noble, sales-sacrificing act.

Instead, they're sitting back in their office recliners this week basking in the knowledge that everyone is talking about Target.

That alone has justified what they lost by me not buying Grand Theft Auto from one of their stores.

Not that mum would have let me buy it anyway …



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