Obesity in recent years has Vert Shock become a real hot topic in the USA and indeed Britain and what was being blamed? Yes, that's right the time being spent in front of the small screen playing video games, so personally I find it very difficult to imagine these obese gamers who apparently spend nothing short of 'all' their time in front of the television causing mayhem and dysfunction on the streets of this nation.The video game rating system ensures titles intended for adults are not sold to minors however it does not ensure that they will not be played by such minors at some point. A similar rating system is in place in the USA however it is not nearly as tight as that in the UK and mature titles have been sold to underage US kids.
Grand Theft Auto although a favourite for the prosecution is not the only franchise to be blamed, the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 which saw the worst shootings of its kind in modern history, Jack Thompson was quick to lay the blame firmly at the door of this exciting entertainment form after he stated, killer Seung-Hui Cho was a fan of first person shooter counterstrike however it was later revealed by Cho's roommates that they had never even seen him playing the game.
Never the less the claim had great resonance here in the UK leading to many retailers refusing to stock certain titles one of which is another of Rockstar's titles 'Canis Canem Edit' originally known as bully which underwent a name change for the UK market due to pressure on the publisher, despite the game completely advocating bullying. The massacre also contributed to the banning of the sequal to controversial Manhunt in the UK market.As with mobile phones and their apparent links to cancer much research has been done in to the link between violence and video games, and it is not just violence that has been researched, oh no, it is also video games apparent glamorization of sex, drugs and maybe even rock and roll'.