The political legitimacy of video games is overdue.
So says Lord David Puttnam, producer of hit movies such as Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields. Puttnam, long an advocate of technology and the arts, also serves as a member of the recently-formed All Party Parliamentary Group on the Computer and Video Games Industry.
Puttnam made the comment during a lengthy interview with British newspaper The Guardian’s Games Blog:
My own belief is that the sector should get significantly more [government] support, particularly at the entry and training level…
I’m also trying to persuade people within the interactive entertainment industry that the role they are playing, and the role that the games they develop are playing, could be far more significant in British cultural life…
What I hope we’ll achieve with this new committee is the overdue political legitimacy of the games industry; to get a level of informed parliamentary understanding of interactive games… Most parliamentarians don’t have a clue as regards the challenges or the opportunities the games industry faces. If for example, they had a full understanding of the levels of support the Canadians offer their industry they would, I’m sure, fall off their chairs!
As GamePolitics reported earlier this year, Puttnam called upon game makers to help spread the word about climate change.