Son Number 1 (aged 16) has been sending me anxious texts about the likely arrival date of his copy of Grand Theft Auto IV, which I’ve ordered for him through Play.com. Should I feel guilty about buying him such a violent game? Or about buying him the previous three? Am I an unfit parent?
I’m only half joking. I’m pretty liberal on these matters, and Son Number 1 has never given me cause to worry that he might start selling drugs or become a pimp. But is there a link between these ultra-violent games and real violence? If there is, then there’s also a link with violent movies. Yet after watching Reservoir Dogs I was hardly ever tempted to cut off a policeman’s ear.
Anyway, he’s just texted to ask whether Play.com use Royal Mail or a private postal delivery company. I suppose I should be glad that at least he’s showing an interest in competition policy.