Canadian Pol: Bully Bad, 3rd-6th Graders Favor Grand Theft Auto

March 9, 2008 -
A Canadian legislator has weighed in with support for a teachers' group which is seeking to regulate Rockstar's controversial Bully: Scholarship Edition.

John Nuraney (left), a member of British Columbia's Legislative Assembly, told Burnaby Now that he "totally agrees" with the British Columbia Teachers Federation's call to boycott Bully:
The dangers are known to all. I think it's a question of jurisdiction. The only thing it seems right now is to bring more awareness.

Nuraney recently spoke about video games in the Assembly, saying:
It may be of interest to this house to know that one of the top video games for boys in grades 3 to 6 is Grand Theft Auto. While it is admirable that our children of today adapt very quickly to this technology, it is also alarming that without proper guidance and supervision, they can fall victims to the unscrupulous predators.

The basis for Nuraney's comments about GTA is not known. GamePolitics has a request in for more information and we'll update if a response is forthcoming.

Comments

So they are saying that 6th graders dont know the difference between reality and fantasy because it sure does sound like that to me!

Isn't it ironic to hear the anti gaming lobby and politicians call for more awareness, when that's the very thing they so evidently lack about gaming and gaming culture?

No one ever seems to look at the benefits some games offer. All they hear is all this politically correct research that's filled with so many logical fallacies (predominately over-generalization)it's almost sad.Need I also once again say that even if you do believe some of these negative effects, the majority of them can easily be moderated (or downright eliminated) through basic parenting? Apparentally so.

Give me a break >.

... it is also alarming that without proper guidance and supervision, they can fall victims to the unscrupulous predators.

Then give your kids "proper guidance and supervision". I mean isn't that kind of, you know, a part of being a parent? And what unscrupulous predators? What's this guy talking about?

I give the following quote from the article that pretty much demonstrates his research on the subject:

"While it is admirable that our children of today adapt very quickly to this technology, it is also alarming that without proper guidance and supervision, they can fall victims to the unscrupulous predators," Nuraney said.

Either this quote is out of context, or he doesn't know what the games are about. There are no unscrupulous predators in Bully or any GTA, because they are simply games. So who is he talking about?

Bears.

Which is why we need a BEAR TAX!

Why is it so hard to understand that bully is a satire on school life.
Almost all of us have been thru school at some point in our lives in some shape or form, considering how innocent bully is in comparision to real life is this histeria really needed?

One thing I can say

These people who say these kinds of garbage are all, politicians or politically motivated people, older generation who have no real understanding of Videogames, seem to think that GTA is being played by Elementary School Students without even asking kids at that age if they have PLAYED the game...

Some elementry school students MAY have heard about GTA, but still that DOES NOT say if they have played it OR if it is their fav game.

Who knows, maybe the most popular games that Elementry school kids play are Wii Sports or Mario & Sonic at the Olympic games, that has just hit over 5,000 sales world wide now.

And looking at the Japanese sales, 1,000 copies of Super Smash Bros Brawl were sold within the first two weeks.

How about that????

Also these older political motivated people who just bash this sort of garbage, I believe, just really hate Videogames and they only think about the negative parts of Videogaming, never to positive parts...

Has anyone asked them do they know how MARIO is????

So, provide "proper guidance and supervision..."

Why won't he try and legislate that?

So you kids watch out for "so-called predators" in videogames where they cant even get you!

In Bully you help kids and protect them from bullying. Is that so hard to understand?! Well for the politics it is. They are corrupt and dont know SHIT!!!!!!!!!

In Family Guy my favorite character is Peter. The reason why is because he says that Canada sucks! Ok if you think this is stupid to boycott this harmless game listen to this, in Canada there are pizza restaraunts and there is Porno Pizza. Hello!!!!!!!!!! An adult could just go in there and buy it for a kid. Why arent politics saying to boycott drugs and alcohol? Kids could easily get that in their hands. The owners WILL, let me tell the politicians what that means, will means to do something like give someone alcohol. The owners WILL give them the drugs and alcohol they want. It was on TV and they just got a FUCKING FINE!!! BULLSHIT! You could go to jail if you give someone a violent videogame in Californicatenia or New York!

Politicians they never stop annoying me.

@TBoneTony

there has been research that shows that the number one game played by 5-6 graders by both boys and girls is GTA. I even think GP posted that research... i'll see if i can find the article

here you go: http://gamepolitics.com/2008/03/02/researchers-new-book-cuts-through-the...

and it was 12-14 year olds. but you can pretty much bet that if they have siblings that they are most likely watching or playing as well.

gamepolitics.com/2008/03/02/researchers-new-book-cuts-through-the-negative-hype-about-video-game-violence/

here you go, i was wring it was 12-14 year olds. but i can bet that if they have younger brothers or sisters they they are playing as well.

damn spell check, was suppose to say i was wrong

when will the politicians ever learn?

Hey, another idiot weighs in on a subject he knows nothing about! Wow, I am AMAZED.

Sarcasm aside, this is starting to make me sick.

Just some more scapegoating to get a good response from the public. Distract them from the real issues at hand, issues that have been around much longer than bullying has. Much longer than video games have for that matter.

1. "The dangers are known to all." The dangers of being a bloody anal-sucking idiot?

2. If "one of the top video games for boys in grades 3 to 6 is Grand Theft Auto," then who BOUGHT the games for them? Yeah. Just as I thought. Parents.

...much longer than Bully has ***

"it is also alarming that without proper guidance and supervision, they can fall victims to the unscrupulous predators"

Isnt that what, you know, the parents are supposed to be doing?

Why are you going after the game maker/publishers/retailers of a harmless game like bully and not the unfit parents BUYING GTA FOR THEIR SMALL CHILDREN..

GoodGodDam.

Btw I live in B.C, there's alot of contreversy going on in VICTORIA which is mostly old senile farts and the young people paid to take care of them... mabey thats the cause of all this...

Oh for f**** sake, I was hoping that shit like this wouldn't happen here in Canada, but I was wrong >_>.

It's people like this that make me ashamed to be Canadian.

@InHuman
OK, lets get this straight. Either violent video games harm the development of children, and parents buying these games need to be educated and/or legislated against, and the games themselves regulated, or these video games are not dangerous and it's purely a personal choice of what the parent lets their kid play with or without supervision and guidance.

Claiming that video games aren't bad for children and shouldn't be regulated, yet claiming parents are at fault for buying them and letting their kids play them, is contradictory.

@InHuman

No it isn't.

If a parent gets offended at the content of a game they got their child, they themselves are at fault for not doing about ten minutes worth of research before deciding.

So the madness has finally reached Canada. Is there safe place left?

"The dangers are known to all."

I stopped right there.

@ Gamen

Legislation won't help at all. The parents are the ones who are buying the games for their children, most of the time, no amount of legislation will stop this. It is the parents' choice to let their kids play certain games, thus the politicians should stop trying to regulate this. How do you want to regulate games, forbid parents to buy certain games when they have children? These politicians need to stop complaining about violent games when the children aren't the ones buying it. The parents have all the tools necessary to make sure their children aren't playing these games, when they so choose.

I'm not a mean person, but...FUCK CANADA! In Bully, you're the protaginist who's trying to stop the damn bullying! People are incouraged to know what the fuck they're talking about. Also, what dangers? Most of that crap is pure myth! The APA (American Psychological Association) has said that video games may lead to an increased level of aggression in little kids, but that parental involvement moderates that effect. Actually, aggression is an important part of one's person, especially in a capitalist society in which it can win elections, court cases, etc. Many people forget that and ignore the other common benefits such as: Increased hand/eye coordination, increased reaction time, increased navigational skill, and so on. I'd say that outweighs "Increased aggressive behavior in some children."

@grizzam

don't insult at many for the fault of a few.

Global warming is increasing! Crime rates have increased! The year is 2030! Aliens have invaded Earth! Who is there to blame? Violent videogames!

I hate it when people say that parents is mental and unfit because they buy these games for their kids. My parents buy me these games since i was four. They really care about me. I also have all As on my eport cards. And im in 6th grade! So parents who buy these games for their kids are not unfit.

@DCOW

Sorry. Fuck John Nuraney and the Canadian Teacher's Federation.

I think part of the reason why kids are seeking out anti-authority and perhaps even anarchist 'artworks' like GTA is precisely because of the inane, know-nothing lip-flapping conducted by their so called authority figures.

American Amusement Machine Association v. Teri Kendrick.
Look it up and read what the judge says. Brilliant.

This keeps getting worst and looks like a global phenomenum.

God damnit I thought all these political nannies had been voted out. Oh well thats why I don't live in BC, they try that in Manitoba and Doer would be out on his NDP arse so fast the door wouldn't have time to him.

@grizzam

thank you very much. as a canadian i would like to say we do not all share the same unintelligent sentiment

Would you let a 6 year old play GTA?

@InHuman

No, but ifi t was my kid I should be the one having a say in that, not the government and not even a teacher

@Inhuman

Parent's choice; no one else's.

"...they can fall victims to the unscrupulous predators."

How can a game be unscrupulous, or any other kind of human emotion? This personification of video games is just another one of their scare tactics to direct at the sheeple.

This is how I interpreted the statement, anyways. Not referring to virtual predators inside games, but rather calling the games themselves unscrupulous predators.

Seems like Japan is the only safe place for games.How's Norway doing?

Dear Parents,

Just because your child/ren say "I want," does not mean they should recieve.

Stop breeding. Thanks.

As a fellow Canadian, I am ashamed for this man. I will see to it that his maple syrup and poutine rations are cut in HALF.
 
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