UK Politician Warns GTA V Can Have A “Corrosive Effect” On Some Gamers


I’ve already invested over five hours of gameplay in GTA V, and I can confirm it’s the “most absurd and most entertaining” game I’ve ever played. Every mission so far brings something new to the table and switching from one character (Trevor, Franklin, and Michael) to the another at any point in the game makes this GTA installment a million times better than the last one. It doesn’t matter which character you play because the missions are always fun and diverse. It’s hard to hang up the controller after completing one.

Now, does that mean fun brings controversy?

Well, a game like this, especially the GTA series, has always been controversial and we’ve always been interested in hearing about the psychological effects on gamers. Some people believe GTA V will train the next psycho killer to do something bizarre, like steal a helicopter and crash it into a shopping mall. Personally, I don’t believe it will.

However, I would be a little scared if that troubled boy or girl next door is locked up and playing this game 24/7. I do completely agree with the critics who say that it’s the parent’s responsibility to make sure their kids are ready for GTA and trusts he or she won’t run into the law because of it. After 18 years of age, if the kids are dumb enough to think GTA would be cool in real life, then to hell with them. They deserve to be arrested and locked up for life! Hopefully before they hurt someone or worse.

The Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg strongly believes games like GTA can have a “corrosive effect” on gamers. He said on Friday’s segment of his LBC Radio show:

Clearly these games can have an incredibly powerful, and I suspect in some cases corrosive effect, on someone’s behavior, someone’s outlook; they get shut off, they don’t talk to other people, they just stay in their living room, their bedroom, hunkered down in front of their computer. They occupy a hermetically sealed world of their own and that can have a very detrimental effect.

Clegg also said:

In a free country, what do you do? Do you start saying to people you can’t use it for more than X number of hours? No you can’t do that. There are, of course, restrictions around content. But we cannot limit people’s use of , certainly not the amount of time they devote to this, by law or by edict.

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