An editorial in Bangladesh newspaper The New Nation draws on every negative cliche you’ve ever heard – and some you probably haven’t – to indict video games for a variety of social ills.
Linking games to violence, sex, addiction, poor grades and social isolation? Not new.
Swollen fingers? Muscle problems? Lying? Stealing money to play games? Give the author points for originality, at least. From the editorial:
Playing video games is an addiction…[a doctor said] "There arise some physical problems too. If children play video games for a long time, their fingers get swollen and they face problems in their muscles. These may lead to serious physical problems in the future."
Psychologically, Dr Tamanna says, the consequence is even worse. Due to these games, children get attracted to violence and sex… The children who play at shops have to lie or steal money… When children keep on playing games, they cannot control themselves… electric waves of brains get changed… For playing too much of games, children can’t be attentive to their studies… [they] become disobedient… social interaction… gets lesser…
…Subconsciously, children are learning crimes. These games are destroying children’s sympathy for others… Children are getting encouraged in fighting. They are not learning to see a wrong thing as wrong…
GP: There is one solid point in all of this, however. Apparently, piracy is big in Banladesh and the writer complains that kids are buying plain CDs with no parental advisories visible.