I feel I should congratulate you on your recent television debate with industry experts about the dangers of violence in video games. This discussion was both well informed and conclusive, but I shall get on to the results of it later in my letter.
Firstly, let me just say that I was completely oblivious to the fact that computer games can indeed be picked up by anyone, unlike modern cinema which, as you rightly stated, is safeguarded against the abuses of underage consummation by the ratings system. The fact that my four year old son can walk into a video game outlet and buy violent games such as “Left 4 Dead 2” is deplorable to the extreme and must be addressed with utmost expediency.
The views of Julie Peasgood were somewhat moderate and, to be honest, she could have displayed her viewpoint a little more overtly. Obviously she is the kind of expert you would want on a debate about violence in video games. After all, she did voice a major character in the survival horror title “Martian Gothic: Unification”, so she should know a thing or two about violent games.
Who was that guy sitting next to you? You said he was some kind of journalist? For video games? I was unaware that such a low brow media form as video games supported its own journalism. This Tim fellow didn’t even have the common decency to shave for this reputable and definitive television debate about the future of video games. I suppose we should at least be grateful that this layabout was clothed. It was nice to also see a proper journalist, Kelvin MacKenzie, helping to bring some professionalism to an otherwise ignorant guest.
Furthermore, the 3-1 ratio on stage really highlighted the ignorance of this “journalist” Tim, who clearly likes nothing more than mindless killing within these video games. To help really send the message home, the studio audience were a delight! The crowd participation aided in both supporting the factually accurate views of yourself, Kelvin and Julie, whilst serving to quell the lies that were spouted by Mr. Ingham. It’s a shame the camera did not pan out to display the lit torches and pitch forks that were handed out to audience members before the debate began.
Violence in video games must be stopped. I appreciate that without these violent games, actors such as Julie would be out of work, but as she rightfully pointed out, it has been scientifically proven that these games instil behavioural violence in children. I for one don’t want the “Tsunami of violence in the home that will corrupt a generation” and implore you to help bring about real change in censorship laws to ensure games such as “Call of Duty 2″ and “Modern Warfare” do not see the light of day, let alone the innocent and corruptible face of my four year old.