UK watchdog got "hostile emails" from gamers

After call for MadWorld ban

Media watchdog group mediawatch-UK has complained about the "rain of hostile e-mails" it received from gamers following the call for Sega's MadWorld to be banned.

The group organization's director, John Beyer sparked controversy when he told the Daily Mail - gaming's favourite newspaper - that he hoped the BBFC would refuse Sega's Wii gore-fest a rating, effectively banning it in the UK. Gamers weren't happy.


"It seems a shame that the game's manufacturer have decided to exclusively release this game on the Wii. I believe it will spoil the family fun image of the Wii," Bayer originally said.

Now in a newsletter post the mediawatch-UK man moans about the angry e-mails he received from gamers.

"Within hours of these remarks being published a rain of hostile emails from gamers poured into our office telling us to 'shut the f*** up', suggesting that we have 'got our knickers in a twist', demanding, as though we were on trial for an heinous crime, to know what right we had to impose our 'narrow minded bigotry' on them and stopping them playing an 'adult' game of their choice," he said.

"Others, of a more sober character, asked reasonably why we should be so concerned about games when there was so much violence in films and on television! We were also accused us of being 'cowards' for not responding properly to belligerent strictures and one 'emailer' observed glibly that 'violent acts are not a symptom of video games and films, but rather the human condition'.

Bayer went on to criticise articles in games mags, "grossly exaggerating the significance of our comments". "It is evident from this that the battle for standards has rather shifted away from television towards games and the internet," he said.

If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen...

Thanks, Game Politics