Well, if I got a penny for every time someone blamed gaming for some social vice, would be rich enough to get myself all the juicy upcoming videogames and play them with the same people just for fun’s sake.
This time, it is an Australian member of parliament who says that Xbox and Nintendo are so evil they would make people want to stay home, unemployed and lazy.
Well actually, the federal liberal MP Ewen Jones was arguing about a proposal suggesting that the dole for youngsters should be started after at least six months so that they go out to try and get a job in the meanwhile.
However, as it usually is the case with people alien to gaming, he brought in Nintendo and Xbox as mockery to the youngsters as well as gaming itself:
“If you’re not in the game we’ve got to make it as easy as possible for you to get into the game, by turning up for work for the dole programs so you’re not sitting at home awake from 10 o’clock at night to 6 o’clock in the morning playing bloody Nintendo or whatever people do, or roaming the streets. What they’ve got to be doing is getting up in the morning going to work, or going to college, getting those qualifications.”
When questioned by the journalists regarding his take on the matter he further added that ‘is it better to say to them, there’s your dole, go home eat Cheezels, get on the Xbox?’
Mr. Jones has been publicly criticized by his colleagues in the government for proposing something that is incompatible with the government’s human rights obligations as much as he has been criticized by the youngsters in Australia for the crude remarks.
I wonder if people like these would also be against the internet – I mean it is supposed to have more negative sides to it than gaming right?