Much like Eskom, there’s a lot that video games are blamed for these days. However, unlike that certain state parastatal, much of that criticism is undeserved. After a tragic shooting in Russia, where one killer gunned down six co-workers at the Rigla pharmaceutical warehouse in that nation, it looks like video games are once again in the firing line, as Russia has begun contemplating whether or not more violent titles should be banned.
The attack from Dmitry Vinogradov, which was spurred on from his break-up with a co-worker, was also attributed to his enjoyment for the 2003 game, Manhunt. And not the fact that Vinogradov “had been drinking for five days and posted an extremely misanthropic manifesto on his social network account hours prior to the killing”, according to the Moscow News.
According to United Russia deputies Sergei Zheleznyak and Franz Klintsevich, an inquiry will be launched with the Russian Federal Surveillance Service for Mass Media and Communications, in order to determine if Manhunt should be banned from the nation.
Klintsevich wants the game banned, with other violent games being restricted as well, while chairman from the State Duma Committee on Education has suggested that PC games be subject to further scrutiny before a commission.
Manhunt is already banned in other countries and principalities such as Australia, Germany, Ontario, and New Zealand, and was used as a scapegoat for the murder of Stefan Pakeerah by his friend Warren Leblanc in the UK, before police debunked that link.
Regulating video games, that’s the answer! Because regulating alcohol in Russia would actually increase murder rates, and would be far more difficult.