Develop 10: Culture Minister Is Console Scum

Ed Vaizey has appeared at the Develop conference in Brighton to confirm that not only does he play console games, but he confirms that Miyamoto’s designs are suitable for casual incompetents. “I play Super Mario Wii,” said the UK Culture Minister, “That’s all I’m capable of”. We tried to reach Nintendo for comment, but failed, because we didn’t try very hard. He also faced stiff questioning from TIGA on the issue of tax-breaks for games development, but argued that the general breaks for business were competitive adding that he didn’t rule out the possibility that the situation could change if the Games Industry managed to rally more convincing argument and “his door was open”. But I wasn’t really paying very much attention.


  1. Clovis says:

    I’m guessing he meant, “New Super Marios Bros. Wii”, right? If so, that game gets pretty hard. Well, at least if you don’t let Luigi do all the work for you. The galaxy games are pretty difficult too. At least he didn’t say “Wii Sports”.

    Shouldn’t the headline be, “Hurray! Cultural Minister Plays Videogames”?

    • mcnubbins says:

      I agree.

      I think it’s pretty extraordinary if a politician actually plays a video game as oldschool and challenging as New Super Mario Bros. for the Wii.

  2. clive dunn says:

    Of course he doesn’t play videogames. He’s a lying tory bastard. If he was at a marrow conference he would regale us with his marrow growing anecdotes.

    • TheApologist says:

      Quite right.

    • innokenti says:

      I don’t think there’s a particularly good reason to be cynical here. Ed Vaizey’s been fairly consistent in his attitude to games and admission to playing some (all he can manage). Is it hard to imagine that people play games?

    • Ice-Fyre says:

      I grew marrows once, you can tell the female flower by a lump behind it, so once it starts to die off you can then get rid of the male flowers. The plant then puts more energy into the fruit

  3. Colthor says:

    Shouldn’t government types be playing hardcore German management sims, rather than silly console platformers?

    No wonder the place is going to the dogs, etc.

  4. alinkdeejay says:

    Gotta love this underappreciation of what nintendo stands for. If indy developers make anything remotely similar to a nintendo title, but for the pc, suddenly it’s the greatest thing ever.

    • jon_hill987 says:

      Yeah, I don’t get all the Nintendo hate either. Mario, Zelda and even Pokémon are good games. Just because they don’t have homoerotic space marines filling each other with lead (euphemism?) doesn’t make them bad games.

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      Don’t worry. We’re joking.


    • jon_hill987 says:

      You might be joking but the rabid XBox fanboys who post their hate all over the internet are not.

    • The Sombrero Kid says:

      World of Goo was Brilliant on the PC but Shit on the Wii, the PC Version is an Indie classic, but the Wii version is a Cynical Corporate Cash in typical of the World of Goo Corporation.

    • Tei says:

      The indie culture generate a lot of 2D games. Even with the crazy creativity of these people, a 2D game will look alike another 2D game. That itself is not a bad thing. Theres something like a creation of a language into art.
      What the indie culture seems unable to produce, and the nintendo culture too, is a modern warfare 2 game. There are lots of counter-strike-ish indie proyects (like neotokio), but none are on the scale of MW2.

      Both nintendo and the indies are making 2D games, and using the language of the 2D. Such language was invented by games like Pitfall and Pitfall 2 (Atari). Was old wen nintendo started doing marios.

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  6. Aldo says:

    Shouldn’t the headline be, “Hurray! Cultural Minister Plays Videogames”?

    surely “Cultural Minister remembers title of videogame his wife bought the kids last Christmas”?

  7. Bascule42 says:

    Console Scum. A few inches to the left and I would be sending RPS the bill for a new monitor. As it is, I can spare a wipe to clean the coffee off. Console Scum. That moniker is going to stick with me for ohh, ’till the next reshuffle at least.

  8. The Sombrero Kid says:

    It’s so clear that the conservative party had a whip round to try and find the most convincing ‘gamer’ among them and came up with this dude, not to say he’s not decent, as far as a conservative mp can be, he just comes across less sincere than Tom Watson, who seems to be genuinely interested in using the games industry to advance his career, where Ed Vaizey seems like he’s just turning up to this stuff because he was told to and he’s played NSMB once.

  9. Andrew Farrell says:

    I’d be quite worried if he said that he was a hardcore WoW Raider. Get back to work, Minister!

    (actually I would love it if he’d claimed to have the world highscore in Minesweeper)

  10. Skusey says:

    I misread the title as “Culture Minister Consoles Scum” which made me think that the Daily Mail had caught him hugging the England football team.

  11. TeeJay says:

    NEO-CONsole scum?


  12. TeeJay says:

    Ed Vaizey is maybe the only government minister who has (publically) posted on an RPS comment thread:

    link to

  13. DMJ says:

    Does this mean the Eye of Sauron is fixed in baleful stare on RPS? Or do their sinister minions simply monitor the entire Internet and our brainwaves?