Those Dumb Pixels In My Head

Moral panic has long been a pet peeve of mine, especially when it comes to video games. Every new media undergoes a time of moral panic, but none have been so protracted as video games. In Australia, it took until 2013 to get over the initial moral panic that was created by video games, with the introduction of an R rated video game classification. In many ways, moral panic over video games is still a very real problem, whether it be violence, sex or the general “it will rot your brain” belief, these issues seem to be very much in the public sphere.

Anyone who has been playing games since a young age has experienced this moral panic. A particular example of such was when my mother was going to buy me an Xbox for christmas and her friend commented that “you shouldn’t encourage that sort of thing”, as if…

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