Just when you start to believe that mainstream media is taking the computer games industry seriously, in comes the BBC fresh off the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The broadcaster is looking for someone under the age of 18 to film and talk about the adult shooter.
A message on the Facebook page of Radio 1's Newsbeat reads
, "Just had a call from the guys over at TV news. They want to film someone who's playing Modern Warfare 3
today - especially if you're under 18. Anyone fancy being on the telly? Leave us a comment and we might shout you back."
In a heartwarming burst of common sense - and possibly sensing that the BBC TV bosses' intentions with filming an under-18 Call of Duty
gamer is not exactly going to be positive - a number of followers responded to the Facebook post with confusion and disdain. "But MW3
can only be bought if you're 18 and over...is this a way to catch them out?" writes one astute reader.
The BBC was recently criticised for its handling of an episode of investigative programme Panorama, where it attempted to explore computer game addiction. Not only did it misuse footage for the programme's trailer
, it was alleged that one particular interviewee was misrepresented
We have asked the BBC for comment.