Opinion: Games and gambling – Xenophon’s ill-judged counter strike August 5, 2016 Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson has called for a rethink of proposed new legislation of video game gambling. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon’s has recently called for the introduction of legislation that will define certain transactions in video games as gambling. He plans to introduce a bill to Parliament that could stipulate a minimum age for playing first-person shooter games which include payment for mystery items. In a collaboratively written piece for The Conversation, Murdoch’s Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson has called for a rethink for this legislation of video gaming. The piece argues that society falsely tends to demonise every new medium, to blame them for our problems, and turn them into scapegoats for our bad habits and antisocial behaviour. “While games and gambling sometimes do converge, they more often diverge. They are different practices. Many gamers don’t gamble, just as many gamblers don’t play video games,” Professor Richardson and her colleagues Professor Larissa Hjorth and William James Balmford from RMIT University explain. “From the perspective of many gamers, Xenophon clearly hasn’t played these games. He misrepresents and oversimplifies the actual practice of in-game purchasing.” The full piece can be read here. Print This Post Media contact: Luke McManus Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: L.McManus@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General, Hot topics, School of Arts Tags: Nick Xenophon, games and gambling, ingrid richardson, legislation, professor larissa hjorth, rmit, the conversation, video game gambling, video games, william james balmford Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!