Video Games Need Exorcism, Says Pope
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It might not be surprising that the head of the Roman Catholic Church would have such views. The Pope made these comments during an address for World Communications Day, where the theme was "Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education". Apparently today's greatest battle is against the dastardly Tommy Vercetti and the like.
The Pope weighed in on the topic with this blazing comment:
"Any trend to produce programs and products--including animated films and video games--which in the name of entertainment exalt violence and portray antisocial behavior or the trivialization of human sexuality is a perversion, all the more repulsive when these programs are directed at children and adolescents".
The Pope then called upon the video game industry to take responsibility for ensuring "human dignity" and "respect for the needs of the family."
Man, I can't wait for Grand Theft Auto IV.