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UK Government says games can 'kill' players

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 5 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "The UK Government, backed by a bunch of charities that raise funds for research into cancer, heart disease and diabetes, has launched an advertising campaign that links the 'inactive' or passive gaming lifestyle with death and illness. It's part of a bigger 'Change4Life' campaign that has also linked playing games with making children obese. The new ads show a young child sat playing a PlayStation game, with the caption 'Risk an early DEATH, just do nothing'. To say this has annoyed the UK games industry would be a grave understatement.

Trade association ELSPA has already called an urgent meeting with authorities to have the ads pulled (http://www.mcvuk.com/news/33458/ELSPA-calls-urgent-meeting-with-Government-over-Change4Life), and trade magazine MCV has complained the country's Advertising Standards Authority to have the ads pulled (http://www.mcvuk.com/news/33460/MCV-complains-to-ASA-over-anti-games-Govt-ad).

As MCV Associate Editor Tim Ingham says in an impassioned opinion piece (http://www.mcvuk.com/opinion/245/Its-time-to-fightback): "Change4Life's advertising campaign makes a mockery of everything the industry has achieved in the last decade.""

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