The German Minister for Social Affairs in Lower Saxony, Mechthild Ross-Luttmann, says she will ask for an investigation into the sale of inappropriate games to minors and may request a general age restriction for "addictive computer games." Welt Online
reports that, for example, the drug known as World of Warcraft
, currently available to minors, may only be sold to adults in the future. We wonder if Ross-Luttmann would classify Peggle
in the same category? This war on games comes following a recent school shooting in the country
Although Ross-Luttmann believes that computer games are the "potential danger" that exists in children's bedrooms, Andreas Rosenfelder, author of Digital Paradise
, sees little connection between "digital role playing games like World of Warcraft
and shooting sprees." Restricting "addictive" games to adults inevitably leads to the question: Who decides what's addictive?
, Game Culture