Politicians Loathe to Admit That They Game

A UK journalist attempting to write a story on videogames in 2006 sent out an “informal” email to a string of fellow journalists, civil servants and MPs requesting some feedback on what types of games they played, and failed to receive a single response.

National Videogame Archive co-founder Iain Simons was penning an article for The New Statesmen at the time, and, as detailed in GamesIndustry.biz, took the non-replies to indicate that “to be identified as a gamer (in 2006, at least) was incompatible with being a ‘serious’ civil servant or member of the Westminster set – be that journalist, MP or whatever."

After sending a second email offering anonymity, Simons stated that, “…this time lots of them got back in touch and came ‘out’ as gamers."

Simons added:

If the industry can get over its paranoia, and the ‘establishment’ can get over its often irrational reactionary standpoint toward games and gamers – we could start exploring the real value of the industry’s contribution over and above what it brings to the GDP.

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    DJRBK says:

    Back when I played MafiaWars, I had my state representative in my mafia, (he was even my Mastermind for a while.) Which made it really bizzare the day I checked my FB feed and it said "You have received a ‘Crooked Politician’ from…"

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    “…this time lots of them got back in touch and came ‘out’ as gamers."

    Great, so what types of games do they play?  Any trends?  If it’s mostly Japanese dating sims, perhaps that’s why they’ve been less than forthcoming.


    Andrew Eisen

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