Children should play more games, says Cabinet minister

Monday, 15 December 2008 15:19 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Cabinet Office Minister Tom Watson’s told the Mirror that children should be encourage to play more videogames.

Watson, who is in charge of encouraging new technology across Government, said: “Basically, I think playing games is a good thing.

“I’d rather my boy be playing on his Wii than passively watching telly.

“Most games are educational. They make you think, focus, challenge and change – 500 years ago a medium that did this would be called art.”

There’s more through there, including the fact that British obesity’s on the rise.

“We all have a role to play in encouraging young people to get out from behind their computer games and playing sport,” said former sports minister Richard Caborn.