Australia police chief slams video games

2012-08-06 14:36

Sydney - One of Australia's top police officers on Monday criticised violent video games that glorify rape and murder, after a spate of high-profile knifings by young people.

Andrew Scipione, the police commissioner for the state of New South Wales, said the violence adolescents were exposed to via films and console games only needed to affect a small minority of disturbed people.

"How can it not affect you if you're a young adolescent growing up in an era where to be violent is almost praiseworthy, where you engage in virtual crime on a daily basis," he told Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

"You get rewarded for killing people, raping women, stealing money from prostitutes, driving cars crashing and killing people."

The police commissioner said he was concerned that brutal games may encourage some people to re-enact the screen violence.

"That's not going to affect the vast majority but it's only got to affect one or two and what have you got?" he said.

Three teens stabbed

"You've got some potentially really disturbed young person out there who's got access to weapons like knives or is good with the fist, can go out there and almost live that life now in the streets of modern Australia."

Scipione's comments came after three teenagers were stabbed in separate attacks in western Sydney in one week last month, which followed a 22-year-old apprentice chef being fatally knifed on 8 July.

They came in the wake of an 18-year-old being fatally punched in Sydney's notorious Kings Cross area the same month, a crime that sent shockwaves through the city and put pressure on police to curb youth violence.

"The thing that's concerning me is the prevalence of people who are at this stage not just prepared to carry a knife, but prepared to use it," the police commissioner said.

"That has increased significantly."

Scipione has previously pointed the finger at Australia's love affair with alcohol and said it was a serious concern that young people were able to get drunk despite the legal drinking age being 18.

"They go and get plastered and then they want to fight the world," he said.

  • cj.venter - 2012-08-06 14:50

    oh please. i've been playing violent games from the days of doom / quake and i've never driven over anybody, stabbed anybody or fantasized about raping anybody, so where does the blame actually lie here? next you'll hear it's all slipknot's fault for their lyrics in their music....oh wait, that's been done already. parenting, parenting, parenting!!!

      willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-06 16:01

      Read what the man says, CJ. Not all people are affected, you are one of them, but some could be and are moved to violence. He could be right. There is enough crime as it is and you would not want to increase the risk.

  • comurray - 2012-08-06 16:38

    Violence on TV is the worst as many yongsters are encouraged to watch TV so their parents can entertain their friends at house parties which normally involves drinking of spirits. Children think that if it is shown on TV then it must right for them to do as well.

  • walter.lebza - 2012-08-06 18:45

    Very true mr top police. Parents must never feed their children with that gabage. The best gift you can buy your child is a kjv Bible if english, not a god of war game.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-08-06 19:06

    More blame the object, not the idiot/nutjob.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-08-06 20:25

      "Guns don't kill people, but it sure makes killing easier."

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