Children should play more games, says Cabinet minister

Monday, 15th 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.



  1. sennasnit

    Christ, where did you get that picture from, is that a megadrive controller i see. Never have i seen such miserable bastards…:-P

    #1 6 years ago
  2. that_happy_cat

    whose shoes are they???? Shaquille O’fucking-Neal’s???

    #2 6 years ago

    They’re probably playing Ecco the dolphin.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. sennasnit

    i think the kid in the blue shorts sailed accross the atlantic in that giant shoe to play in the “happy gaming gang”, looks like they’re playing something rather hypnotic, thay haven’t blinked for 20 years, why is there a soviet strike thing bottom right?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. anasui

    is that child showing a ankle bracelet? What in the name..

    oh, and please tell me that lardous bloke is a male

    #5 6 years ago

    It is a young lady.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. anasui

    /shakes head

    #7 6 years ago
  8. epic_wanderer

    They are all sad because the big one won’t let the little ones play.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. mortiferus

    Dang, these kids look like they are in a shelter of some type though it’s definately not Vault 101. 10-to-1 odds that the fatty in the red shirt has or will consume one of the smaller ones, and wash it down with the sweet delicious sprite left next to the couch/bed/sofa bed thingy.

    Man, I loved those ASCII game sticks for Street Fighter II. I still have one in storage. Fatty knows how to play MD in style!

    #9 6 years ago
  10. sennasnit

    my money’s on blue shorts to be consumed first.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. SticKboy

    Is that Scarlett Johannsson on the right?

    #11 6 years ago

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