Anne Diamond responds to controversy over Daily Mail anti-games piece

By Patrick Garratt, Friday, 27 June 2008 22:51 GMT

If there’s one thing gaming’s detractors have learned, it’s that gamers raise their pitchforks at even the slightest sign of dissatisfaction with their hobby. Anne Diamond’s trial by fire was no different.

“All I did was take a Mum’s eye view of the sort of video games my sons play with their friends – for the Daily Mail – and suddenly I’m Public Enemy Number One,” she told Play.

However, Diamond refused to turn tail and flee.

“I do believe that consumers should speak out about products like TV or video games – and not just blindly buy what some genius computer geek inside Nintendo or Sony thinks acceptable or allowable. These people aren’t interested in improving our quality of life, nor upping our intellects – they’re just in it to make money, holed up as they are inside their dimly-lit, million-dollar dens and hardly ever going out into the real world they influence so hugely. Which is why, amidst all of the blood, guts and explosions, someone has to yell: ‘Stop! Do we really want this endless gore?’”

Now, while her opinions are more than a little uninformed, it should be noted that she went on to discuss the hopping good time her family had with Resident Evil 4. Additionally, she spoke of parents’ responsibility when their progeny wish to take up the controller. So before you squeeze your way into the anti-Diamond mob, note that Diamond is no Jack Thompson.

Hit the link for her full riposte.

By Nathan Grayson

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