Posts Tagged ‘Tom Watson’

Ban “Call Of Duty 3″, Cries Keith Vaz

By John Walker on November 23rd, 2011.

Oh shut up, Keith Vaz

Oh sigh, as soon as we report some balanced coverage of the effects of gaming, of course Keith Vaz appears once more to make everyone feel stupid again. He’s tabled an Early Day Motion to condemn Modern Warfare 3, presumably after some careful analysis to make sure such a thing would bring him maximum attention. Well, actually he’s condemning “Call Of Duty 3″, which is perhaps a bit late. But heck, why know the name of the game you’re wasting Parliament time over? Where he finds time to play all these games between chairing so many parliamentary committees I cannot imagine. Because of course he’s played the game he describes as having “gratuitous acts of violence”, right? More than that, he’s even finding the time to do his own scientific research, because his (as yet unpublished, I presume) study has found that “there is increasing evidence of a link between perpetrators of violent crime and violent video games users.” Which is a remarkable finding!

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Can Politicians Take Games Seriously?

By Alec Meer on January 27th, 2010.

On Monday night, I tried my best to look like a respectable member of society and popped along the Houses of Parliament to attend Labour MP Tom Watson‘s discussion about the place and perception of videogames in UK society. A gathering of politicians, educators, games industry folk and random interested onlookers (hullo!), it was a fascinating few hours. Given the knee-jerk hullabaloo we’re so used to from mainstream media coverage of games, it was surprising to the point of surreality to be amidst politicians, hearing discussion of the form on the sort of level we have, say, here. Obviously, games have some distance to go to obtain to achieve full societal acceptance – even though that has clearly little-to-no effect on the ever-escalating success of the bigger titles – but that this kind of discussion is at least happening is a cheering sign.
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MP Multiplayer: Gamer’s Voice Launches

By Kieron Gillen on November 10th, 2009.

God, the JPG compression has hurt this.
This was an interesting one, in terms of emerging political gamer consciousness – which is a phrase I never thought I’d find myself writing. Prompted by rent-a-outrage MP Keith Vaz – in the words of Mr Wharton who prodded me towards this – “being Keith Vaz” about Modern Warfare 2, relatively-technophile Labour MP Tom Watson founded a facebook group to be unashamedly pro-gamer. As the description says: “Are you sick of UK newspapers and (my fellow) politicians beating up on gaming? So am I. The truth is, UK gamers need their own pressure group. I want to help you start one up.” It’s just passed six-thousand members. You have to hope an organised central body like this could do a lot of good in terms of combating scaremongering. I’ve just joined. Perhaps you should too.

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