Surveillance by Video Game
Just when we thought our technological world was just about devoid of all privacy, we now have confirmation. Sony is one of the many companies which has bowed to leftist pressure to stop free speech for users of… wait for it… their PlayStation video game system. The new PlayStation contains a ‘code of conduct’ which forbids hate speech. Their software contains a code of conduct which warns ‘voice chats may be recorded for moderation’ and that ‘by joining, you agree to being recorded’.
If users of the video game system report that they have heard objectionable speech, whatever that may be, they can log a complaint and the company will examine the recordings to ascertain if an actual violation has taken place. In what could be considered a laughable justification, Sony explained their new recording policy was to that their games would be ‘fun for everyone’.
Unless you are a user of modern video games, it could be confusing to wonder how people are chatting over a game console, but modern games allow players to communicate via the internet with others who play multiplayer online games. For example, you may be playing at home in Toronto but in your group of players, you may be communicating via internet voice with players in Phoenix, London or anywhere else.
Sony’s code of conduct bans hate speech, bullying, stalking* plus all the expected politically correct NewSpeak. Players are required to ‘be inclusive… regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race’ as well as other terms ‘that people use to label others or divide communities’.
You could easily wonder what the consequences are should you violate said code of conduct. Since modern video games are online digital platforms, there is no cartridge or disk that you own and can control. Therefore, if you violate the terms you can be banned from the network. This means that the people with whom you play the games (who can be anywhere in the world) can be cut off from you as well as access to the games themselves. Yes, even if you paid to have the right to play the game and you violate their politically correct speech codes you can lose that right. This is why modern game manufacturers want digital only games because it gives them the right to control your behaviour. Just to make sure they were sufficiently ‘woke’ for their younger generation players, Sony made PlayStation the first game platform to join with the Anti-Defamation League to ramp up censorship of allegedly hateful speech.
Cancel culture now includes cancelling your subscription to play video games. I, for one, will be content to stick to Donkey Kong, Pac Man or Missile Command.
*If anyone knows how you can ‘stalk’ someone on a video game, please enlighten me