Gaming and politicians are two things that never mix, much like oil and water, or myself and hipsters. But amidst all the alarmist politicians who like to boost their credentials by calling for various bans on games, there are the few unsung, sane heroes who strive to give gaming that little bit of proper representation.
The UK Minister of Culture, Ed Vaizey, even thinks that it would be a good idea to have a games room present at parliament in order to better educate his fellow parliamentarians.
In an interview conducted by Edge, Vaizey mentioned that he wanted to have a games console put into his culture department room at one point. “The powers that be were against it, because people coming for meetings would assume that I was spending every spare minute playing games”, Vaizey said. “Yet I’m allowed a TV, I should have been more firm”.
Vaizey however, thinks that a gaming room would be a great idea, saying that it would be great to “Put on display and show the best of British gaming. I would happily do that!”. Despite being a conservative MP, Vaizey has come out in defence of games several times in the past, addressing the complete lack of support from the government towards the local development industry, while challenging one short-guided members claim that video games use rape as a gameplay component.
Still, while I doubt that we’ll ever see British politicians enjoying a quick game of Battlefield between debating sessions, its nice to know that British gamers have someone looking out for them in the higher echelons of government.
Last Updated: September 26, 2011