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Blood and guts on the road to hell; Sick computer game storm.

A sick computer game which gives players points for hitting pedestrians with high- powered cars was slammed last night.

Labour have vowed to fight Carmageddon's release.

The game, due out in May, includes gruesome graphics and is being trumpeted by its makers as "the nastiest driving in the world . . . ever".

The bloodthirsty blurb adds: "Not even farmyard animals are safe as you slam on your handbrake and spin into a cow-mincing frenzy.

"Blood, guts and udders fly past your car as you wheel-spin through their remains.

"Pedestrians are the main target as you drive towards and through them at speeds of over 100mph. As if that wasn't enough fun in itself, you even get awarded points for all this carnage."

The makers, computer firm SCi, announced the launch the day after another road victim, Yvonne Orr, 26, was killed.

She was hit by a car in Larkhall, Lanarkshire.

Labour consumer affairs spokesman Nigel Griffiths hit out: "This is an irresponsible game.

"The trade body should exercise more self-control at a time when the public are appalled by the level of deaths and injuries by so- called joyriding.

"I'm calling on the manufacturers to take it off the market."

Campaigner Wendy Moss founded SCID, the Scottish Campaign Against Irresponsible Drivers, after her son was killed in an accident.

She said: "This game is sick and it should be banned.

"I don't know what age children are who get on these games but four-year- olds can work computers.

"Children watching the game will be dehumanised - it won't mean a thing to them.

"If they knock someone down, psychologically it's going to be like a game for them. They are not going to care. I think it's outrageous.

"The whole of society should condemn this game.

"We have a violent enough society as it is without this sort of thing."
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Author:Mallon, Margaret
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 21, 1997
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