Bruce Everiss has posted a revealing interview with Conservative MP Ed Vaizey (left) over at Bruce on Games.
Vaizey, who was vocal in his support of the UK video game industry before it was fashionable to do so, offers some worthwhile insights:
I would see video games as art, they are creative, and they have by now their own heritage and cultural significance, which is one element of art.
[UK Conservatives] think video games have not been taken seriously by [PM Gordon Brown’s Labour] Government. They are a huge industry for us, we are world-beaters, and we should be looking at imaginative policies to support the industry as much as possible…
Vaizey also comments sensibly on another pair of hot-button issues, sensationalized media coverage and video game piracy:
You can’t [get the media to stop writing negative stories about games] – the media love bad news stories. But I do think the industry has made real strides in the last couple of years. You see many more Wii type stories, emphasising the industry’s contribution to health and education, than you used to…
We will work with the ISPs [on piracy] to ensure that people who are ripping off games are held to account, we have to take tough measures to ensure this becomes much less of a problem. But the industry has to adapt as well, and change its business models to account for the new era.