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Video games sexualising kids?

Submitted by on Monday, 22 February 20109 Comments

Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, known amongst other things as the psychologist on Channel 4’s Big Brother, has produced a report commissioned by the Home Office about the sexualisation of children.

In this report, video games are mentioned as one of the causes.  This is one of several news pieces lately mentioning the sexual content of video games.  Team Attitude have always found these comments slightly baffling – but should we be taking them more seriously?

Firstly we are going to be upfront – a lot of Papadopoulos’s findings make perfect sense, and we agree with them.  Both boys and girls are subjected to many blatant, and subconscious messages every day about how they should look and act.  These come from many sources – be it lad’s mags such as Nuts, or articles containing airbrushed models.

Where the argument falls down is when the subject of video games are brought up.  Papadopoulos mentions games such as ‘Miss Bimbo’ as being highly sexual, and sending out the wrong messages.

Team Attitude have checked out the Miss Bimbo website, and in all honesty to say the game is tongue in cheek would be an understatement.

This is to be taken seriously? Really?

An example would be the player having to accumulate boob jobs to attract the advances of a billionaire.

If people are taking these games seriously, then the games industry is in a lot of trouble. Moreover, this still comes down to the simple fact that parents need to take an interest in what they’re kids are playing, and decide beforehand what they can and can’t see.

Is this a case of the demon video games being mentioned purely because they are the latest media scapegoat?  Or do these comments have some traction?

As always, your comments are more than welcome.