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Iraq bans ‘Fortnite,’ says video games are negatively influencing its youth

Iraq bans ‘Fortnite,’ says video games are negatively influencing its youth

Iraq’s parliament could put up with the insanity no longer.

The mass killings, sectarian violence, forced militarization of children, sexual enslavement, political corruption — these can be handled.

But these damned kids and their video machines. They should be outside, learning about real violence instead of wasting their time.

That was the opinion provided by Iraqi Shi’ite cleric and definitively uncool grandfather figure Moqtada al-Sadr, whose majority political coalition in Iraq’s parliament decried “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” or PUBG, as addictive and negative influences on the youth in a letter calling for the ban of such games, according to a Reuters report.

“What will you gain if you killed one or two people in PUBG?” Sadr wrote in a statement obtained by Reuters.

Experience points, we would assume.

“It is not a game for intelligence or a military game that provides you with the correct way to fight.”

Well, someone didn’t have his Werther’s Originals and dose of Angela Lansbury on “Murder She Wrote” today.

Maybe Moqtada is right. After all, how can one expect to be blessed with top-of-the-line training techniques like mastering the art of the side straddle hop — jumping jack — if chooses instead to waste away indoors?

Officially, the ban was instituted “due to the negative effects caused by some electronic games on the health, culture, and security of Iraqi society, including societal and moral threats to children and youth,” the report said.

Video games. A threat to the security of Iraqi society.

Both games — “Fortnite” and PUBG — were created in 2017 and pit players against one another in an all out battle for survival.

Of Fortnite’s worldwide following numbering in the millions, Iraq is somehow the only country in which playing the game is a threat to the type of youthful corruption that can lead to large-scale sectarian violence.

Lest we forget the significant role “Fortnite” played in:

A tragic history. If only there was some way kids could escape the constant reminders of grim reality.

Summon exuberant dance evangelist Kevin Bacon to disrupt the inevitably forthcoming ban on dance and rock music.

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