Gerry Harvey, the executive chairman of electronics retail chain Harvey Norman, says videogames “screw up” kids’ minds, and that if he could ban “leisure computers”, he would.

“I think one of the great tragedies with youth is that they spend so much time playing games and crap on computers and they’re not outside,” said Harvey in an interview with the Ten Late News show. “You’re not healthy and it’s a big problem in our society. If I could get rid of computers, all leisure computers for all of Australia I probably would. They can have them at school, but leisure time — no.”

“We’re talking about kids playing games mostly online and wasting their life away basically playing games online because they’re not getting any physical activity and their minds are screwed up on these games.” [Transcription via Kotaku AU.]

In spite of Harvey’s own views about videogames, Harvey Norman continues to be one of the largest videogame hardware and software retailers in Australia and New Zealand.

Ten Late News’ interview with Gerry Harvey can be seen here.