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A couple of months ago, I read a piece of anti-(violent) game rant in the French edition of a Swiss journal. As this journal ([I]Zeit-Fragen[/I], left-wing and close to anti-globalization movements) also has an English version named [I]Current Concerns[/I], I preferred to wait [URL=http://www.currentconcerns.ch/index.php?id=595]the English translation of the article[/URL] before telling you about it.

So, this article is called [I]There Must Be an End to the Understatement of Harm Done by Violent Video Games![/I]. It was signed by Maria Mies, professor emeritus of social sciences at Cologne University, well-known feminist writer, and co-author of the book "Ecofeminism". It will be published in a volume called "The Misery of Universities", and... Wow ! I've rarely read such a violent (and misinformed) attack against a game maker or a game genre.

More on the author's background :

rh. Maria Mies is professor emeritus of social sciences at the Fachhochschule Cologne (Cologne University of Applied Sciences). Her research expertise is in methods of women studies, women in agriculture in the first and the third world, capitalism and subsistency, critique of genetic technology and alternatives to a globalized economy. She has also authored several books with international impact. In one of her latest books, “War without Borders – The new Colonialization of the World”(ISBN 3-89438-286-4), she elaborates the connections between globalization and war and explains why the global free market and the neo-liberal model cannot exist without worldwide violence and military force. And she shows that to the war outside, there corresponds a war inside, the substace of which is the destruction of social welfare and democracy, and increasing inequity and repression within society. In her latest quarterly information letter against corporate dominance and neoliberal policies (Infobrief gegen Konzernherrschaft und neoliberale Politik), titled “How does the war get into the minds and into the hearts?”(Dec 2007), Maria Mies writes that in recent times it is in particular the increasing violence and brutalization in our society that upsets her; not to the least extent caused by ‘games’ that encourage brutality and are targeted at children and juveniles. She thinks that this ‘war in the minds’ is not only tolerated but actively supported by politics and by universities, because it promises ‘economic growth’. There are powers that use these games to ensure that the youth does not think and operate independently. And she says that this war has in the meanwhile permeated all areas of economy and politics. Even the most important institutions of a civil society, schools and universities, science and research, trade unions, media, even churches, do not know of any other rationale any more than the one of the global war system.

So, you can read this article :
- [URL=http://www.currentconcerns.ch/index.php?id=595]in English[/URL]
- [URL=http://www.horizons-et-debats.ch/index.php?id=867]in French[/URL]
- [URL=http://www.zeit-fragen.ch/ausgaben/2008/nr14-vom-3132008/verharmlosung-von-gewaltspielen-muss-aufhoeren/]in German
And I give you the full English version below.


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