Switzerland So Neutral It Won't Even Let In Violent Video Games

from the overdoing-it-a-bit dept

An anonymous reader sends in word that Switzerland appears to be following in the footsteps of Venezuela by getting close to banning all violent video games in the country (yes, even for adults). It's not quite there yet -- as the Swiss National Council has basically just given itself the right to put in place such a ban, but is still debating the actual extent of the ban. However, it appears that many expect all video games rated at a mature or adult level will likely be banned. I'm curious why none of the countries that ban such video games are also willing to ban R-rated movies as well.
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    Rikuo (profile), 22 Mar 2010 @ 7:52am

    the irony

    Well, lets look at what's happening here.

    The only argument I can see going for these kinds of bans is "protect the children" i.e. they see violence in a video game and think its okay to do it in real life. In video games, you for example pull a trigger and an enemy is dead.
    What about kiddy cartoons like spongebob etc? Their violence is often much greater. There are explosions and such, and the characters are unharmed in the next scene. That can be interpreted as teaching kids that violence is okay, there are no consequences. Let's blow up that bully who's always picking on me! It's all right, he'll be magically unharmed in a few minutes.

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