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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