Game changers

photo(6)photo(5)Two different eras were graphically represented in Prospect Street, Cavershm this week.

While the Oxfam shop was selling a number of retro games, many of them using language you’d never see now. There was Ghettopoly (Monopoly in a ghetto) and this one called Baccaneer with the charming subtext ‘Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest’.

Just along the road at Wordplay there are loads of children’s drawings representing the Beat the Street Campaign which promotes fitness and walking by giving leisure incentives for distances walked. Alongside them are a host of games like Playmobil and other such wholesome stuff without a gun or a politically incorrect toy in sight. There are educational things, soft footballs and cuddly animals.

You might say this is a good thing. But as the kids get older they are introduced to computer games where they steal cars, blow up space ships and kill their enemies.

Wordplay seems to do its bit, running a business with and ethical boundary. But when the global  giants get to work you wonder if their efforts are really worthwhile.

 

 

Strange to think that while many things are said to

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About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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