Some say this new ‘gaming equals gambling’ ad by the SA federal government goes too much
Put away that new Xbox One or PS4 it just might turn you into a gambler that is compulsive. Which will not have been the message that the South Australian Government was shooting for when they created their latest anti-gambling campaign, but it is the one which many gamers from Australia and around the world are using away from it, especially considering that state’s previous stances that were seen as anti-gamer.
Gambling Is No Game
The new campaign is called Gambling is No Game, and based on what the SA national has said in days gone by, it seemingly have a fairly well-intentioned meaning behind it. The idea is that children whom play games that include gambling elements like slots or poker games may be more likely to use up gambling habits later in life, or also develop gambling problems in their adolescence.
But the ultimate product offers a message that is slightly different. A picture of a poster from the campaign was spread over the Internet this week, showing a lady searching at an iPad while sitting at what appears to be always a poker table, detailed with chips and cards. Above her there is a message that is ominous ‘Gambling begins with games.’
The poster immediately sent gamers around the world into an uproar, as it seems to be connecting gaming in general to problem gambling while the idea m…