There is a tiny clip in the international news (in The Star dd 10/7/05) about Grand Theft Auto – San Andreas. I Google for more info and find a longer piece of news in NBCII.
No, I have not gone into blogging about PS2 and computer games. I am only writing about this because I am a parent.
Excerpt from the news:
Admittedly, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” is already one of the more violent and lurid games on the market. It’s full of speeding cars, gangs and gunplay, and “girlfriends” who invariably met on the street wearing skimpy clothing.
I do allow my boys to play on the computer and PS2. In fact, I find the 70s songs rather shiok. However, they know that I do not tolerate them talking like those gangsters nor are they allowed to utter any ‘foreign’ words. Sometimes, I do hear the middle two boys (age 9 yrs and 13 yrs) threatening each others like,
“Say it la, I go tell mommy. She wash your mouth with the toilet brush only you know.”
“You die! I am going to tell mommy. She sure wash your mouth with Dettol.”
The difference is I am ALWAYS within ear shot and know what they are up to the whole day. But what about those parents who are not English literate? Or those parents who cannot afford to stay home with the kids?
Yesterday, when I was at the shop selling electronic games, a mother came by to enquire about the Playstation. She has no idea what PS1 and PS2 is but she is very keen to get one for her kid nevertheless. So, what is going to happen to millions of kids who have absolutely no parental guidance?
I abhor small kids who get kicks out of wrestling games. Especially when they select skimpy dressed female opponents. Then, bashed them up and toss and turn the female opponent. Sometimes, my kids’ schoolmates will come by with their own games. If anyone do that, they know they won’t get the chance to drop in again.
Sad to say, some parents here don’t bother much what gets into their kids’ mind. As long as the kids don’t bother them. Are they aware of news like these?
Walsh said the “hot coffee” scenes are p*rnography by anyone’s definition, and called on Rockstar to “come clean” on whether they programmed the scenes into the game.
“This is about kids,” Walsh said. “Can you imagine the impact of 13, 14 and 15 year old boys literally enacting this scene?”
Horrors, my kids are 2, 9, 13 and 15 yrs old!
Read the full news posted on July 9th 2005 at NBCII.
So, are your little nephews and nieces watching while you playing violent games? Remember to coach and guide them, ok? In Penang, two innocent guys had been bashed up recently. One trying to help a girl, the other trying to help an old man. One died, the other survived. I guess the bullies think it is cool to be violent.
Keen – tks for pointing that out. I am too saintly liao. LOL.