British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

November 9, 2009 -

Noted anti-game politician Keith Vaz is up in arms over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

The Leicester East Labour MP made comments to the Daily Mail about the title, saying, “'I am absolutely shocked by the level of violence in this game and am particularly concerned about how realistic the game itself looks.” Vaz said he would let his concerns be known in Parliament this morning.

Meanwhile, West Bromwich East Labour MP Tom Watson told the BBC that Vaz’s remarks had pushed him over the edge. Watson responded by setting up a Facebook group called Gamer’s Voice, which is billed as “unashamedly pro-video games.” In recruiting people to join, the group asks, “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.” 478 members have already joined. Watson writes on Twitter that he’s looking for a logo for the group.

In regards to Vaz, Watson stated:

Everything that comes out of Parliament in relation to video games is relentlessly negative. There are thousands of people employed in this industry, there are 26 million people playing games. We should have a much more balanced view of the industry, indeed we should be supporting them through difficult times.

While noting that he found the MW2 content in question “deeply repulsive,” and that he would not play it himself, Watson thinks that as long as a classification is in place and policed, there is no issue.

Thanks wardrox


Comments

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

Yeah I know, People think that this game & others will NOT be good for others. So basically they are speaking for everyone, when "everyone" has a voice......& their own opinions. UGH! Yeah people do cease to amaze me.

 

 

"It's better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." - Montgomery Gentry

"It's better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." - Montgomery Gentry

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

I took great heart from the way that the question from Vaz was answered and that Tom Watson stood up to defend the industry.  Maybe, just maybe, the new blood that has grown up on gaming is starting to stand up for it and not allow it to be a scapegoat for any of society's problems.

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

It is about time someone from politics has opened a Pro-Gamer facebook page, I am joining even though I hardly ever use facebook nowdays.

TBoneTony

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

I have joined & I'm standing up for my gaming rights on there.

 

 

"It's better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." - Montgomery Gentry

"It's better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." - Montgomery Gentry

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

*sigh*  I guess none of these guys have watched a slasher flick have they.

---

I once had a dream about God. In it, he was looking down upon the planet and the havoc we recked and he said unto us, "Damn Kids get off my lawn!"

I once had a dream about God. In it, he was looking down upon the planet and the havoc we recked and he said unto us, "Damn Kids get off my lawn!"

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

Worth noting that 2 Labour MPs responded to the comments by Keith Vaz by basically telling him that the game is rated 18 and that in the UK that is seen as enough.  This was just Vaz making a pointless comment to get himself noticed... and he has...

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

"It contains such scenes of brutality that even the manufacturers have put in warnings within the game"

Yeah, how dare they warn people....

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

Keith Vaz is a moron...did he even play the game before making his comments

 

 

Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_8344000/8344298.stm

You can watch it all from about 21minutes 20 in the video above- this might be available outside the UK, but I don't know for sure.

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

See, this is what Vaz never seems to quite figure out, he is elected to represent the people in his constituency , not as some kind of basis for imposing his own moral agenda on them.

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

Vaz does represent the people in his constituency. The mother of Stefan Pakeerah (whose murder was incorrectly linked to Manhunt) lives in that constituency and it was her wqho started Vaz off on his moral campaign. Granted that's only one person in his constituency, but he is speaking about an issue that "affected" people in his constituency.

Regardless, you can always bet that Keith Vaz will be there to criticise the latest game causing some degree of controversy. I also think that it's good that the other MP in question has said that whilst he himself does not like the content of Modern Warfare 2, he says that the right certification is in place and has left it at that.

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

Originally, I'd agree, he was representing Stefan Pakeerah, incorrectly, however, this isn't a situation where he's been contacted, or even misled by the mother, or any other constituent, it's him bandwagon jumping for popularity.

In the case of Manhunt, I could almost forgive him, because he was being misled, it wasn't entirely his fault, he thought he was doing the 'right thing' because he thought there was a general link between the game and the murder (having been told as much by the mother), but there's no such justification in this situation, he's just picked something that affects his own sensibilities, has had no impact, and is accused of nothing, it's just that he, personally, doesn't like it.

He's already aware of the systems put in place to protect younger gamers, he's perfectly aware of the laws regarding them, so there was no call whatsoever to bring this up in Parliament other than a 'look at me!' moment.

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

In the caseof Manhunt he wasn't mislead, he was correctly told at the time and has been told over and over since then that there was no link.

Dispite this he has continued to use it atleast up until shortly before the Byron report (he might've used it since then but if so I haven't heard), even after being told by the police officers and detectives in the investigation that there was no link.

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

Wow.  A politician who can tell the difference between what he personally finds offensive, and what ought to be banned for everybody.  Will wonders never cease?

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

That almost makes me want to join Facebook. But then, y'know, the world might end or something.

<Standard comment about the Daily Mail goes here.> 

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

I joined the group. Hopefully it'll prove useful.

"God, is that you?"

"No! It's a me, Mario!"

"God, is that you?" "No! It's a me, Mario!"

Re: British MPs Battle Over Modern Warfare 2

SEE as long as there is an appropriate classification there should be NO bannings.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Matthew WilsonSF have to build upwards they have natural growth limits. they can not grow outwards. ps growing outwards is terable just look at Orlando or Austin for that.04/16/2014 - 4:15pm
ZippyDSMleeIf they built upward then it would becoem like every other place making it worthless, if they don't build upward they will price people out making it worthless, what they need to do is a mix of things not just one exstreme or another.04/16/2014 - 4:00pm
Matthew Wilsonyou know the problem in SF was not the free market going wrong right? it was government distortion. by not allowing tall buildings to be build they limited supply. that is not free market.04/16/2014 - 3:48pm
ZippyDSMleeOh gaaa the free market is a lie as its currently leading them to no one living there becuse they can not afford it makign it worthless.04/16/2014 - 3:24pm
Matthew WilsonIf you have not read http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/introducing-steam-gauge-ars-reveals-steams-most-popular-games/ you should. It is a bit stats heavy, but worth the read.04/16/2014 - 2:04pm
Matthew Wilsonthe issue is when is doesn't work it can screw over millions in new york city's case. more often than not it is better to let the free market run its course without market distortion.04/16/2014 - 9:36am
NeenekoTrue, and overdone stagnation is a problem. It is a tricky balance. It does not help that when it does work, no one notices. Most people here have benifited from rent controls and not even realized it.04/16/2014 - 9:23am
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2014/04/15/riaa_files_civil_suit_against_megaupload04/16/2014 - 8:48am
ZippyDSMleeEither way you get stagnation as people can not afford the prices they set.04/16/2014 - 8:47am
Neenekowell, specifically it helps people already living there and hurts people who want to live there instead. As for 'way more hurt', majorities generally need less legal protection. yes it hurt more people then it helped, it was written for a minority04/16/2014 - 8:30am
MaskedPixelantehttp://torrentfreak.com/square-enix-drm-boosts-profits-and-its-here-to-stay-140415/ Square proves how incredibly out of touch they are by saying that DRM is the way of the future, and is here to stay.04/16/2014 - 8:29am
james_fudgeUnwinnable Weekly Telethon playing Metal Gear http://www.twitch.tv/rainydayletsplay04/16/2014 - 8:06am
ConsterTo be fair, there's so little left of the middle class that those numbers are skewing.04/16/2014 - 7:42am
Matthew Wilsonyes it help a sub section of the poor, but hurt both the middle and upper class. in the end way more people were hurt than helped. also, it hurt most poor people as well.04/16/2014 - 12:13am
SeanBJust goes to show what I have said for years. Your ability to have sex does not qualify you for parenthood.04/15/2014 - 9:21pm
NeenekoSo "worked" vs "failed" really comes down to who you think is more important and deserving04/15/2014 - 7:04pm
NeenekoThough I am also not sure we can say NYC failed. Rent control helped the people it was intended for and is considered a failure by the people it was designed to protect them from.04/15/2014 - 7:04pm
NeenekoIf they change the rules, demand will plummet. Though yeah, rent control probably would not help much in the SF case. I doubt anything will.04/15/2014 - 1:35pm
TheSmokeyOnline gamer accused of murdering son to keep playing - http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2014/04/15/21604921.html04/15/2014 - 11:50am
Matthew Wilsonyup, but curent city rules do not allow for that.04/15/2014 - 11:00am
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician