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World doomed as games cause "early death" says Government ad
Posted: 09.03.2009 11:43 by Simon Priest Comments: 28
As the number of videogamers inevitably increases so too will human fatality rates according to one advertising campaign from the UK Government.

The Change4Life campaign shows a mere child playing a PlayStation console is heading for an early grave. Why? That's so simple, because you "just do nothing." Cakes murder too.

The advert tries to point out that videogames provide no exercise whatsoever and will lead to sumo fat kids who'll probably need one or two heart transplants by the age of 17. The campaign is backed by the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and Diabetes UK.

Obviously going for the shock value and attempting to demonise both videogames and the joy of eating scrumptious cakes, the UK Government would rather petrify kids showing things they like will kill them rather than tell the parents to get off their rears and do some parenting in the fresh air down at the park.

Obviously the message is get some exercise and use restraint when gaming so you don't pull a 48-hour Zelda binge. Sony is likely a little displeased they've had both a disease and child serial-killing linked to their beloved console platform.

The Government's own commissioned Byron Review has already concluded there are no substantial links between videogames and obesity. Remember: eletronic-based fun and cakes KILL!



Source: Eurogamer
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Comments

By Orv (SI Core) on Mar 09, 2009
Orv
And this is somehow more dangerous than watching sports on TV?

=)
By grimreaper (SI Member) on Mar 09, 2009
grimreaper
Lame, all Governments suck, as if games could kill someone, those who say nothing but crap should be exterminated from the face of earth, KILL THEM ALL.
If the kid gets fat from playing to much, it's the parents fault not the game.
GAMES ARE EVERYTHING!!! PERIOD!!!
By nobuargaoda (SI Core Veteran) on Mar 09, 2009
nobuargaoda
Just do nothing? Mark my word, "All that we do definitely have impact on our lives". I can speak English and write it up thanks to videogames, beside English-subtitled DVDs. I never take any special lessons on English, so if we DIE early, at least we die in maxed-out imaginary and skills. That's it!
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 09, 2009
benny180
wow no english classes?you write it very well.i agree this is not to blame for early deaths,there are just far too many other factors they arent accounting for, fast food,alchohol,smoking ect,none of them on there own cause early death in moderation(except for smoking!)but all of these factors together *can* cause death.
im a gamer and yet i find time for half an hour to an hours exercise and two hours study a day.**and i have the total war series to thank for kick-sarting my intrest in european history after my secondry school teacher ruined it for me, so THANK YOU VIDEO GAMES!!
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 09, 2009
Wowerine
Watching TV and playing games is the same thing as eating, and watching someone eat... No one died from playing games, and it sure isn't a threat to anyone. Now if someone walked into his school with an AK47, stole the teachers car, killed a few people, and then burned down a building, and if they found a GTA game in his shelves, they'd say that he was under the influence of the game (they - his parents). And than kid goes to 6 months "rehab" from PC games, while no one ever discovered he had Schizophrenia! :|
And Rockstar walked into the school with an AK47, stole the teachers car, killed a few people, and then burned down a building...
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 09, 2009
benny180
yes and in reality if we werent sitting down and playing games we'd be sitting down and reading books or watching tv=same result!
By Hamarik (SI Core) on Mar 09, 2009
Hamarik
Games never killed anyone. Death occure by the misuse of the games. Thanks to the games I am one of the best students in English. I anyone die then it was their lazyness or lost reality feeling.
By grimreaper (SI Member) on Mar 09, 2009
grimreaper
Yup games can create miracles too, thanks to them as many of you mentioned, i did get pretty good scores on English exams, and i' m one of the greatest (still not best) students in English just as you said Hamarik.
I think that this is all because the all video games business is a rising industry, and generates large amounts of money, and as always they have to complain about something, today is death, tomorrow will be stupidity, they will find out that games make people stupid, if that's so then i will gladly call myself STUPID.
GAMES FOREVER!!!
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 09, 2009
Wowerine
Yeah. My English came from games as well, and my German came from TV. People who call games childish, are childish and immature them selves. What if I said Picasso was a dumb ass, and his paintings are crap? Than they would probably say that I'm insulting their culture and am dumb.
They are doing the same thing to us. This is the same ways they treated movies in the ages of their birth... :|
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 09, 2009
herodotus
Everything in moderation I guess is the real message. Guys who play for ten hours straight seriously need to consider the effect on their health, and this is the real concern. It is the MMO folk who never seem to leave their game that are at high risk (as evidenced by deaths in Sth. Korea).
By AdamBoozer (SI Member) on Mar 09, 2009
AdamBoozer
That is the biggest load of crap i have ever heard in my life. Next thing you know they will be talking about how being overweight is putting peer pressure on others to be the same lmao. You do what you choose to do and if I am not mistaken this is a free country still and theirs not much they can do to stop us from playing games because truth be told many of these people playing will probably grow up to be game testers and developers.
By Revan (SI Elite) on Mar 10, 2009
Revan
If anything, the government has f*cked up this world more than any of us gamers ever could have. Maybe they should take their take own advice for once. "Government" is just another word for legalized crime from my experience. And company's like Rockstar still has a long way to before they'll be able to catch up with them!
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 10, 2009
FoolWolf
Yeah this was a new all time low campaign...
I guess racking down on peoples drinking hbits and TV time habis have gone stale? I think Britain has some more serious problems than some videogamers...
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 10, 2009
Wowerine
I think the world (the big countries) have some sorta kill-everything-that-you-don't-like complex, and they want to get rid of us. Because we are plant like creatures who only live in the virtual world... But if gaming is something that damages society, what can you call drugs (who are legal somewhere) or tobacco?
Don't worry guys. It's just a scam. If were bad as they say, they'd still support us because we pay tax on games, and the big companies bribe the goverment ass heads. So... Forget it and keep playing. :)
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 10, 2009
benny180
exactly gamers dont commit crimes(except pirate copies!),the govermenta of the world have bigger and mre dabgerous things to worry about.
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 10, 2009
Wowerine
Things like organized crime, and terrorism (which is a dumb conspiracy as well)... Or at least kill those creepy maniacs that rape women and children. :|
By devel (SI Elite) on Mar 10, 2009
devel
I just laughed at the boys face. Sounds pretty boring to me that game.
By Hamarik (SI Core) on Mar 11, 2009
Hamarik
It seems to me that someone just didn't know about what to do an article!!!!!! :|
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 11, 2009
Wowerine
Kids should play only games that suite their age. The only thing that will make this stop. :|
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 11, 2009
benny180
yeah people really should enforce the age liit for games,i remeber when vice city came out, i was like 15 and was able to go into the shop and pre order the game and then buy it with no questions asked!!
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 11, 2009
Wowerine
That's the parents duty. They are the one who should take all the guilt. :|
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 11, 2009
benny180
not really you'd be suprised at the lack of intrest parents have in what there child plays,they're only really concerned with alchohol and cigarettes and girls and so on....since most parents know very little about games unless they see thier child playing the game they'd have absoloultly no knowladge of how graphic it is.

Like would parents know the age for Killzone or Half life or, god forbid, Manhunt!!
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 12, 2009
Wowerine
Yeah, I agree Benny. They think that only drugs and gay people are the menace, but games that are inappropriate for a certain age can be very bad for children. And parents often don't think about that, they find all games the same, but they don't know what level have the modern games reached. The photorealistic murders, gore, chopped of arms and legs... Things you wouldn't allow your kid to see in the real world.
That's why it's important for kids to play appropriate games. :)
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 12, 2009
benny180
true,did you hear about the school shooting in germany?very sad,but i wonder how long it will take them to connect video games to it?
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 12, 2009
Wowerine
Yeah, I heard about it... Kid walks into school, shoots 3 teachers on the way, walks in class, started killing colleagues, than goes out, steals a car, pops the guys head, and started a rampage road killing streak! At the end the cops shoot him. :| Very sad... Did they find a GTA game on his seat (if not they may plant it there)?
Wonder why he snapped. :S
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 12, 2009
benny180
some kids just do,no friends troubled home life could be any number of things really.
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 12, 2009
Wowerine
Yeah, some of them keep the pressure inside them, and one day they snap. Just like that kid in Germany. :|
By crawlroman (SI Core) on Mar 14, 2009
crawlroman
Some IDIOT people,if we don't play games and watch TV there must be horror books with lots of blood and shit that we are going to read.