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Tuesday March 27, 2012

Restrict sale of violent computer games to minors

I REFER to your front page story “Angry Gran a smashing hit now” (The Star, March 25).

I am very concerned that more and more such violent games are now becoming increasingly popular on mobile phones and computers. And to add salt to injury, it has become addictive.

Studies have shown that too much of it may result in aggressive and anti-social behaviour.

In many games, the players are rewarded for being more violent.

When the violent game is played repeatedly, it will eventually become an automatic response.

And why use a senior citizen such as a grandmother of all persons to portray violence?

Why don’t we make a special effort to encourage computer games that promote good values and positive behaviour with the message: “If you do good, you will be rewarded and vice versa”.

In Malaysia’s case, we should develop games that promote racial harmony and unity.

The games should inspire players to act in more constructive and cooperative ways and those who do not, will be made to pay the price.

Not only is the content important but also the underlying mes-sages such as promoting good behaviour, peace and harmony.

The Government should ponder over the following question: Should we ban or restrict the sale of violent computer games to minors?

S. PAUL,
Kuala Lumpur.

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