Min-Liang Tan, the face of Razer, offers a sharp response to the possibility of government intervention with regards to Pokémon Go, the game that’s taken the world by storm.
Calling the attitude that the government had towards gaming as “schizophrenic”, the Singaporean cited instances where games like Counterstrike and Mass Effect were temporarily banned.
According to Tan, this fell out of line with how the government said it would support the gaming industry.
It’s true that the launch of Pokémon Go has led to some unsavory happenings around the world. News of people getting into trouble, even dying, as a result of taking the mobile game too seriously have been making headlines.
But as Tan puts it, “gaming is an artform, it’s also now the biggest medium for creative expression — far outstripping movies and music”.
He added that censoring or banning games would be futile, as gamers would find ways and means to beat the system.
Tan urged the government to “keep an open mind — there’s no point over-regulating in an industry you know nothing about”.
He ended his post by advising them to “put down the pitchfork and walk away, learn from the past mistakes made with Half Life and Mass Effect — there’s really nothing to regulate here.”
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