No, not the soon to be ex-South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson, but Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor (pictured).
The Labor Party member, speaking at a Sydney conference put on by the Australian Council on Children and the Media and Macquarie University, which examined the impact of violence and sexualized media on children, expressed concern over motion-sensing controls for videogames, saying, “Computer game manufacturers encourage users to put down their control pads and participate physically in a game through motion-sensing technology.”
This led O’Connor to proclaim:
These interactive features are set to increase the impact of the material being enjoyed by consumers.
We need to consider how increased interactivity will impact on children and what this means for content regulation.
Professor Craig Anderson of Iowa State University, no stranger to this website, was also at the conference and seemed to agree with O’Connor’s concern, stating:
To the extent that practising the actual motions of killing in different ways actually improves someone’s skill, you sort of have to ask yourself: ‘Do we want a generation of people who know how to kill people with knives and swords and guns?’
You want your military to be able to do certain things, certain very unpleasant things. That’s why we have a military. But do you want ten-year-olds to be able to do that?
O’Connor also is wary of the coming onslaught of 3D displays, as well as DVDs that allow users to change viewing angles, stating that such technology contains the “potential for greater interactivity.”
A recent article in the Onion also expresses concern with the Wii’s motion controls, though for an entirely different reason.