Ethics and Professionalism
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- Views from NZCS : http://www.nzcs.org.nz/newsletter/17
- Article by Paul Matthews CEO NZCS: http://www.nzcs.org.nz/newsletter/article/92
Giving Children access to Restricted games
In a Dominion Post article, McDonald (2009) discusses an interview with Bill Hastings, Chief Censor of New Zealand, and quotes Mr Hastings as saying "If an adult gives a child aged under 18 access to a restricted video game - even in their own home - they are breaking the law. .. - such as the R-18 Grand Theft Auto series - they could be punished by up to 3 months imprisonment or a fine of up to NZ$30,000. ... studies had shown that repeated exposure to violence and sexual violence had an adverse effect on attitude, and it was important that some games were created for adults - not children." The article also identifies that Manhunt with its extreme graphic sadism, was the first video game to be banned in New Zealand.
- McDonald, G. (2009, March 7). Call to jail parents who break video age limits. The Dominion Post,p.A3.