British MP Keith Vaz launched in to a tirade about the evil of videogames, this time complaining about Modern Warfare 2’s rather controversial airport scene, saying he was “absolutely shocked by the level of violence in this game,” and that he was going to take the matter to parliament.
Shockingly, fellow Labour MP Tom Watson has attacked the guy, saying that politicians should, instead of attacking, support and encourage the videogame industry. Waitâ€¦what? A politician who makes sense?
Quickly becoming my favourite politician ever, Watson employed common sense, saying “It carries a content warning, it is an 18 plus game. It would be better for members of this house to support the many thousands of games designers and coders and the many millions of games users, rather than collaborating with the Daily Mail to create moral panic over the use of video games.”
Also throwing support for Activision latest was Junior culture minister SiÃ´n Simon who agrees that adult-rated games, released and marketed to adults should be available to adults. “The game you refer to is a certificate 18 game. It should not be sold to children and the government’s job is to make sure that adults … can get what adults should be able to and children are not in danger of being subjected to adult content.”
Tom Watson has gone so far as to set up a Facebook Page, called Gamer’s Voice for British gamers who have tired of anti-videogame news, pledging support for their cause.
This all stems from the double standard that’s employed between videogames and other forms of media – like books, TV and film – and the stigma attached by the general populace that â€œAll videogames are for kidsâ€
Hello world. We’re adults and we like videogames – and we want videogames that that cater to us. Is that really that hard to grasp?
Source : Destructoid
Last Updated: November 10, 2009