In Parliament, MP Stands Up for Video Game Biz

October 24, 2008 -

Yesterday, GamePolitics noted comments by Eidos exec Ian Livingstone, who claimed that indifference to the video game industry by the U.K. government amounted to "madness" (see: Eidos Exec: Games Regarded Just Above Porn by U.K. Govt.).

The Guardian reports that at one least one member of Parliament has raised his voice in support of the British game biz. Don Foster (left), a Liberal Democrat from Bath, asserted that video game development is critical to the U.K. economy. Said Foster:

I hardly play any games – I'm not from that generation – but because of my job, I had to research the industry. The vast majority of my parliamentary colleagues are always wanting to ban the latest game, but they don't know the details of the industry. Few people in this country realise how important it is to the UK economy.

Via: Edge Online


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Re: In Parliament, MP Stands Up for Video Game Biz

YES!!!!!!

 

Even though he did not say it directly in parliment, but to say it in the newspaper without being sensationalist is a really big step in the right direction.

 

Also admitting that you are not part of the generation of Videogames and revealing that there are some politicians who just want to bann the next big game is something that I felt that many parents need to take important notice of when looking at the Violence in Videogames debate from a neutral perspective.

 

 

TBoneTony

Re: In Parliament, MP Stands Up for Video Game Biz

I don't think he stood up in Parliament to say that.. just sent his opinion along to the Guardian when they asked him.

Re: In Parliament, MP Stands Up for Video Game Biz

Saying it to the press beats saying it to Parliament for getting popular attention.

Re: In Parliament, MP Stands Up for Video Game Biz

More than likely. The real test here is how he votes and what legislature he sponsors.

 
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