Sex & violence, ever since their advent, video games have made news for one reason or another.
Of sex and gore-fests
Six Days in Fallujah (2010) — Based on the Iraq war, it followed a US marines squad. It ran into controversy when UK war veterans felt it was wrong to glorifiy human loss in video game. The game will not be released.
RapeLay (2009) — This Japanese game challenges players to rape women. It has been critcised in India by child rights activists and cyber law experts who want its entry banned, though pirated copies may have already been sold in India.
Saw (2009) — An adaptation of the Saw film series, it was classified as ‘torture porn’ by critics for its depiction of intense violence and lack of a ‘moral’ message.
“These games are unacceptable because of their potential to make cyber terrorists. Under the IT Act, cyber terrorism is punishable but making these games is not. Section 60 (of IT Act) covers controversial games because they tend to corrupt the users’ minds. Government should come up with secondary legislation to come down on games that threaten India’s integrity.”
Pavan Duggal, SC advocate and cyber law expert
“War games may increase aggression in vulnerable minds. They can get addictive from positive reinforcement from completing levels, and can also increase impulsivity/restlessness.”
Dr Amitabh Saha, Delhi-based psychiatrist
Keep it in perspective
“The 26/11 aspect was taken out of context in the latest Call of Duty (COD) game. Video games come with warnings, it’s the parents’ prerogative to check. Also, levels of violence are higher in movies and TV, why don’t they raise controversies?”
Gopal Sathe, 25, editor, www.split-screen.com
The issue for me is respect. Don’t turn to these games as history lessons. People go crazy over games with bullying /stealing, yet battles and history defiled on screen get by untouched? If you have friends/family in wars right now, would you buy a Call of Duty-Gulf War 2 or COD Afghanistan?