Thai Newspaper Urges Attack on Computer Game Menace

October 6, 2008 -

In Thailand, video games have been under government attack ever since the August slaying of a taxi driver by a 19-year-old man who reportedly told police he was re-enacting a scene from Grand Theft Auto.

In today's edition of Bangkok newspaper The Nation, an editorial terms games "a menace":

A number of Thai children have become addicted to computer games, which can be destructive not only to their social behaviour but also their studies.

 

There have been a series of cases of some children unknowingly committing violent acts because they were imitating scenes they have seen on computer games, some of which contain graphic images...

 

A survey from the Culture Ministry revealed that Thai children spent around 2 hours a day playing computer games. About 80 per cent of them choose the combat-style, action-packed games, some of which come with graphic and violent images. The addiction can affect their personality as they become more prone to bursts of anger and violence. Without proper guidance, some are unable to distinguish between fantasy and the real world.

GP: As GamePolitics reported last month, the Thai Ministry of Culture banned five games.


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Just wanted to share something I found on Wikipedia about this Thai newspaper The Nation ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nation_(Thailand) ) :

"Its editorial line has been described as "rabidly" critical of the government of Thaksin Shinawatra, and highly royalist and supportive of the Council for National Security military junta."

Furthermore, the Nation Multimedia Group, that owns this newspaper, was the subject of many controversies.

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It's called a political smokescreen. You basically stir up one controversy to cover the stench of another, thereby making people think you're doing something, when in fact you're just making yourself look good. Standard politics, though its use becomes more frequent as the gov't becomes more corrupt. Digging for excuses so to speak.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

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Having been to Thailand many times. In Bangkok, there is this inner city called "Patpong" which SHAMES other boys towns like Tiajuana or Matamoras or Del Rio. It is seriously the SIN CITY capital of the world.

How they can focus in on computer games while completely ignoring Patpong is beyond me.

Google "Patpong" and learn the hypocrisy of their morality.

 

Side note: I had a BLAST in Patpong. ;-)

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They spend a whopping two hours playing these games, and this gameplay alters their brains and make them unknowingly commit heinous acts, like killing people (and later re-creating the scene for police, despite unkowingly commiting the act...), and writing god awful newspapers filled with more bullshit than a bulls bowels.

 

Oh, and Thailand...stop fucking children and I'll try to understand what the fuck you're talking about.

 

-Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers!

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

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So let me get this straight, they unknowingly commit these so called acts?  Pft, what, were they sleep crime committing or something?

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Until Thai gamers fight for their right to play games, I refuse to feel bad for them.

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--- Official Protector of Videoland!

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Wait, wait..."unkowingly" causing violence?  Strange, I thought that 19 year old (not a minor, not that it matters...) was able to reconstruct the crime scene for the police.

Two hours constitutes addiction now?  Jeez.  I'm on my way to TV addiction then with the whole hour and a half of Adult Swim that I watch.

Yeah it's not my country or government.  Still this whole situation is so suspicious and the logic is...well, there's not much logic to go by.

 

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Is it just me, or does it seem like Thailand is just catching up to the west in the cultural introduction of games?

I mean, this was a popularized point of view, say, 10 years ago or so. Games are ruining children's school lives, games are making kids violent, games are blurring the line between reality and fiction to children.

Hell, a lot of this kind of garbage gets repeated over here still, so maybe they're not all that far behind.

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It really is the taxicab gunshot heard around the world!

Something tells me that the Thai government had it in for the gaming industry all along- they were just waiting for an appropriate spark to incite them to take action.

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This, definitly this.  It's definitly like ya said, this was just the kinda thing that they were waiting for it seems.

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 OH NO! Kids spend 2 WHOLE HOURS A DAY in front of a game! They only spend 8 hours sleeping, 7 hours in school, and 7 hours doing other tasks like hygiene, chores, etc. What are we ever going to do?

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yeah, it's odd to hear them bash a persons choice of entertainment. OH NO, GAMES. Maybe they should go play Hockey, it costs way more, has the potential to cause bodily injury, encourages violence between players (the real kind of violence, not button mashing).... oh why do I bother. The people who need to read this never will.

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There is no point of pointing out the flaws. We know we can't win, the government doesn't have common sense. All we can do is make sure that they looks like idiots so other countries don't follow.

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Hey, I just had a dream that cheeseburgers cause racism.

Can I write that factually-based piece of non-spuriousness into a newspaper article too?

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"You no longer have to raise your kids, we're going to do it for you."

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"We are experts at micromanagement."

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"We promise we are not trying to raise your kids to get them to sign up for the military later on in life.  We just care about what is best for them, and figure we can raise them better than you...  I mean, take the burden off of you to raise your children."

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Oh God. I just facepalm'd so hard.

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Wait, I thought we were supposed to accept the decisions of other countries no matter what.  Real Politik and all of that?  Why the attack on the Thai Ministry of Culture?  I'm sure the Thai people are in as much support of it as the British people are in of the BBFC.

 

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Thai Newspaper Urges Attack on Computer Game Menace

Un-educated luddite Thai parents: Maybe
Educated 18 year old Thai gamer: Definately no

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We aren't all in favor of the BBFC.

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Andrew EisenFor what it's worth, early reports are painting the motive as "he was pissed that a particular girl wouldn't date him."10/24/2014 - 10:12pm
quiknkoldwell then I suck as a man cause I ask for help when necessary :P10/24/2014 - 10:07pm
Technogeek(That said, mostly I was making the smartass evopsych comment because your post seemed like the kind of just-so story that has come to dominate 99% of its usage.)10/24/2014 - 10:04pm
TechnogeekHell, Liam Neeson built his modern career around it. Cultural factors likely play a far greater role than you appear willing to admit.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
TechnogeekSeriously, though, the idea of "because women are protectors and that's why they never commit school shootings" is, at best, grossly overreductive. There's nothing inherently feminine about being willing to kill in order to protect one's offspring.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
MechaCrashThe "toxic masculinity" thing refers to how you have to SUCK IT UP AND BE A MAN because seeking help is seen as weakness, which means you suck at manliness, so it builds and builds and builds until something finally snaps.10/24/2014 - 10:01pm
quiknkoldthere, I'm done. And thats what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown10/24/2014 - 9:54pm
quiknkoldand I am not spouting Evopsych, technogeek. tbh I never heard the phrase till you said it. I'm going off my observations.10/24/2014 - 9:54pm
quiknkoldmoreover, the guy who did this isnt even white. He was native american according to the news report I read. Also that he went for a specific target. That's a much different picture than a certain Sandy Hook guy who will not be named10/24/2014 - 9:53pm
quiknkoldbut I am also certain nobody in their right mind is committing these shootings singing the Machoman song. these are sick individuals who have given up on life10/24/2014 - 9:51pm
Technogeekevopsych lol10/24/2014 - 9:49pm
quiknkoldWhen you suffer from mental illness, youre more likely to go by instinct. yes. I came off as sexist.10/24/2014 - 9:46pm
quiknkoldmore on somthing they are fixated on. Post Partum Depression is an example. This is why a woman is less likely to go off on a rampage.10/24/2014 - 9:44pm
quiknkoldA Mother will fight to protect her children or her mate. This does not mean they are any different then males when it comes to destruction and mental illness. A Woman has just enough opportunity to be sick like a man. The difference is they will focus10/24/2014 - 9:43pm
quiknkoldsociologist. I've spent years observing and I've come to the conclusion that a big reason men and women are different is because Women are Protectors. Women wont wantonly kill because they are all about protecting what they care about. They are wired this10/24/2014 - 9:43pm
james_fudgeYeah having a penis probably doesn't have a lot to do with it10/24/2014 - 9:32pm
quiknkoldIts Mental Illness. Nobody who is actually sane would willingly walk into a school and commit that. its Mental Illness topped with Teenage Angst. and I'm going to say something that may be construed as sexist, but I dont mean it as such. I mean it as a...10/24/2014 - 9:29pm
Matthew WilsonIt is a worth while discussion, but I dont agree with here premise. I dont belive it has anything to do with masculinity.10/24/2014 - 9:13pm
Andrew EisenAgreed but it's not untrue either. I think it's worth examining and discussing why mass shootings are almost always (if not literally always) committed by males.10/24/2014 - 8:57pm
 

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