April 13, 2008

NEWS / GAMES: Monitoring youth media: Brazilian judge bans game (BRAZIL)

Monitoring youth media: Brazilian judge bans game

April 12, 2008

The United States is not the only country debating the influence of video games on young people.

In Brazil the other day, a judge suspended sale of the video game Bully, USA Today reports. The reason? Too violent for young children and teenagers.

Judge Flavio Rabello barred the game from being imported, distributed, sold or advertised on Web sites and stores in Brazil. Companies must comply with the ruling within 30 days.

"The aggravating factor is that everything in the game takes place inside a school," said Alcindo Bastos, prosecutor of Grande do Sul state.

The game allows players to act out the life of a 15-year-old student dealing with teachers and cliques at a boarding school.

A youth support center had asked that the game be banned, and the court complied. Video games are popular worldwide, particularly with children and teens. Parents need to monitor their children's video games. In this case, a court blocked violent content. That will not always happen.


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