26 Aug 2012

Ideas for 26 August 2012

From Ideas, 10:08 am on 26 August 2012

In 2009, Venezuela became the first country in the world to ban any and all video games that involved shooting people. To date New Zealand has banned seven games. Jeremy Rose talks to his 13-year old son, Edi Rose, about the attraction of shooting people on screen; deputy chief censor Nic McCully and classification officer Hamish McCormick talk us through the process of rating a video game; and academics professor Brad Bushman of Ohio State University and Waikato University's Dr Gareth Schott discuss the evidence for the widely held belief that violent video games have a desensitising effect.