Jack Thompson Criticises Buzz The Schools Quiz

Apparently both the Telegraph and The Daily Mail ran out of Princess Diana stories to constantly and unapologetically position on the front page to sell a few copies, so today they instead opened up their pages to US attorney Jack Thompson. However, it currently seems Jack has little to talk about, as a game has not grown legs and arms and killed someone lately, so his attention instead turned to the evilness that is Buzz! The Schools Quiz.

Video games have hurt far more people than they have helped,” blasts Jack Thompson. “I don’t see how they can be of any more benefit than normal teaching,” he comments when speaking on the game, a game which we should note is one which features around 5000 questions based on the Key Stage 2 Curriculum. Furthermore, it was also developed in conjunction with the UK Government’s Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to help children between the ages of 7 and 11 years that had difficulties in learning in other ways.

Educational psychologist Jane Healy apparently backs Thompson up: “If you watch kids on a computer, most of them are just hitting keys or moving the mouse as fast as they can. It reminds me of rats running in a maze,” she commented. However, we’d argue that an Educational psychologist probably has no idea what Buzz is, and that quote of hers seems to have nothing to do with a PS2 based game

Has Thompson really lost it? I guess some of his gibes at the more violent games have some small basis in truth, but this latest attempt seems very desperate. How can a piece of ‘edu-tainment’ be seen as harmful? It’s not like the teacher will use it as there main source for teaching, is it Jack?