It has come to light today, that computer games allow you to do some things that would not be nice if carried out in the real world.
As part of a study carried out by human rights organisations, video games producers have allegedly created computer games where you can clearly break the law.
They cite Modern Warfare 2, where you can kill civilians, as an example.
Guilty as charged, really.
Imagine a virtual world where you could do things that would be illegal in the real world.
All games should have real consequences for all actions carried out, and I’d like to see more show the reality behind the situations.
For example, currently in “Trauma Center: Second Opinion“, with very basic training of less than 10 minutes, you can operate on people in the emergency room.
What is the world coming to?!
Impersonating a doctor? I haven’t even been to medical school.
I’d like to see the game come with a tutorial that lasts around 5 years, in which you slowly learn all aspects of medicine, and pay a monthly fee, so that before you can carry out any operations, you are quite a few thousand pounds in debt.
Tony Blair should probably be questioned over whether or not it was right to go to war with zombies in “Resident Evil“.
In “Virtua Cop“, I find it offensively inaccurate that all suspects are immediately killed.
No information is taken, nobody questioned, and it may even be their first offence, if in fact they are actually guilty of any crimes.
At least 80% of the game should really involve paperwork and following up on old cases, and after a suspect is apprehended, it is only right and proper that the next 1-2 years of gameplay involves testimonials, legal proceedings and yet more paperwork.
“Pacman” is an incredibly bad message to send to children.
He clearly has an eating disorder and binges constantly. He is repeatedly bullied, and his only way out is to avenge his attackers and eat them alive. Two wrongs do not make a right in modern society.
Social workers and counseling may help his issues, and the bullying should be reported to the correct authorities.
“Duck Hunt” is clearly an unsustainable farming or pest control method, which will likely lead to extinction for the animal due to lack of proper nesting facilities or further breeding programmes.
In “Theme Park“, rides that are poorly maintained routinely collapse, injuring members of the public. A full investigation must be carried out to discover what has gone wrong, and procedures put in place to prevent future accidents.
The staff in the food areas have received absolutely no food hygiene training whatsoever. An unscheduled visit from the environmental health must be carried out regularly.
Locals have not even been consulted regarding planning permission to build such a large establishment, with only one tiny road as nearby transport links.
“Paperboy” depicts a street scene where a young child has a small income from a part-time job. It is to be praised on this aspect for teaching youngsters about the value of money.
However, vandalizing the houses of non-subscribers to this particular newsagent is tantamount to a protection racket, and should be removed entirely.
He also has no lights, repeatedly cycles on the pavement, and has no respect for the highway code, other road users or pedestrians. The game should be praised for its realism in this area.
And in various games such as “The Need for Speed” and “OutRun“, it is actually possible to indulge in dangerous high-speed driving on public roads, with little-to-no sentencing when caught.
When accidents happen, there is bizarrely little obvious damage, but no insurance information is exchanged between drivers, or blame assessed.
The drivers should be checked by medically trained individuals for non-obvious injuries, and any dangerous drivers responsible dealt with by the police.
I also suggest a points system whereby players receive points for speeding. After several breaches, they are disqualified, and the game becomes unplayable for 2 years while they have a good think about what they have done.
In severe cases, they are forced to take a theory and practical driving test, before being allowed back on the roads, to drive in a hopefully safer manner.