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Brazil bans 'harmful' popular video games such as Counter Strike and EverQuest

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The AFP reports that Brazil this week imposed a ban on popular games including Counter Strike and EverQuest, claiming that they incited violence and were harmful to consumer's health. Some psychologists have called the respective games as addictive drugs with some players turning professional and earning money from the sales of characters particularly in EverQuest.

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The AFP reports that Brazil this week imposed a ban on popular games including Counter Strike and EverQuest, claiming that they incited violence and were harmful to consumer's health. Some psychologists have called the respective games as addictive drugs with some players turning professional and earning money from the sales of characters particularly in EverQuest.

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It's always hilarious to hear about governments getting involved with video games like this. All the other things they could be worried about, like the economy or foreign policy...and they're busy putting bans on toys because some people play with them too much. They do it to an extent here in the US, too, though it's not quite as extreme; Clinton lost my vote for the Presidency because she keeps railing on violent video games instead of issues that matter. It's crazy.

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It's politics and they will always search for things that make publicity. Helping out people in the jungle with a water well isn't that shocking of news so sadly they put their efforts into worthless policy.

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It's politics and they will always search for things that make publicity. Helping out people in the jungle with a water well isn't that shocking of news so sadly they put their efforts into worthless policy.

Why are video gamers the only ones smart enough to realize that, as opposed to politicians and journalists?

Video games are merely a popular scapegoat of this day and age. Back in the day, politicians would make similar comments about how comic books were 'corrupting children.' Witchhunts and moral panics never go away; their topics of focus merely change.

(if only the general public was smart enough to realize that :rolleyes: )

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