Swiss politicians want to ban videogames.
This is rather frightening. The home of cheese, clocks, chocolate and neutrality*… now the new home of censorship. Gamepolitics is reporting that the country’s National Council has passed a pair of resolutions – one proposing making the sale of PEGI-16-or-18-rated games to minors illegal, which is fair enough, the other proposing; (translated from Game Markt) something more ominous. Hit the jump for more.
The Federal Council is asked to submit to Parliament a statutory basis, which allows the manufacture, touting, importation, sale and distribution of game programs, to prohibit, in which cruel acts of violence against humans and humanlike creatures for the game success.
Which is bananas. Importantly, however, these measures have not been made law yet – however, they are entering the process of working out how to make them law. It’s also worth noting that the less objectionable law was better supported than the, shall we say, more Daily Mail law. It’s always sad when countries decide that their adults are incapable of making adult decisions, and rather than try to fix problems, blame them on something else. Finally, I would like to refer you to Mark Kermode’s comments on the whole ‘videogames are tools of Satan’ thing. The man makes a good point.
*gold star if anyone gets that reference