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Mar 27 2008   10:41AM GMT

Virtual violence spawns immoral-panic quandry

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The Times reports that video games will be forced to carry cigarette-style health warnings to protect children from unsuitable digital content. This will, of course, have completely the opposite of the desired effect, making Serial Slaughterhouse VII more desirable then ever to the ankle biters.

The move follows a report commissioned by the prime minister in response to growing moral panic – Downtime wonders what immoral panic might be – that current video games desensitise kiddies to violence.

Retailers who sell video games to anyone younger than the age rating on the box face a hefty fine or up to five years in prison. If you have met the grunts who work in video-game shops, you will probably agree that this will make society a safer place for everyone.

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