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Keith Vaz: “I’ve never been against games”

Thursday, 13th January 2011 15:01 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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UK MP Keith Vaz has said he’s “never been against games” – except those violent ones.

His comments came at a games day held in Parlament in London yesterday, where his short appearance is said to have “turned heads”.

“I’ve never been against games. I’ve been against violent games that are able to fall into the hands of young people who are perhaps not able to understand the implications of what they’re doing,” the Labour MP told Eurogamer.

“Clearly there are some very violent games around – but if you’re 18-plus then you can make those decisions yourselves.”

Vaz has been a big campaigner to get certain games banned, such as Manhunt, Modern Warfare 2 and Bully. But he says it’s “important” that the age ratings are recognised.

“I don’t oppose games,” Vaz insisted. “I just think it’s very important that people respect and acknowledge the age limits. And the campaign has always been about ensuring there is proper labelling so that people know exactly what kind of games they should have.”

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  1. NiceFellow

    I’ve never been against politicians, just the corrupt, lying, biased, ones… or is that all of them?

    Actually, to be fair though, he sounded sensible there in terms of what the real issue is, which is controllable access.

    I still think a lot of games are very harshly rated, though, compared to films and other media, and this mix of standards is part of the problem.

    At least though his comments recognize the validity of games intended for different ages and that its not games content that’s the issue so much as how ratings/access should work.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. lukemime

    I am so sick of these ‘campaigns for clear age ratings’, how much bigger can they make an 18 logo on the box? The area these campaigners need to look at are the parents that would glady leave a child playing these games. Most parents are quite scepticle of letting their children watch a film above their age rating, but for some reason a game with a much clearer age rating and explanation of the contents gets completely overlooked. A game with a soldier carrying a gun on the box isn’t going to be about skipping through meadows after all.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Aimless

    I think it’s about time we stopped calling them ‘games’ and insisted on ‘murder simulators’. Parents might finally twig.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Bond James Bond

    Keith, grow a set of balls will you! One day, your breed will inevitably die out. Thank god.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. tenthousandgothsonacid

    He’s a cunt and no mistaking.

    Every time a news story starts with “An MP has spoken out against videogames/pop music etc” you know it’s Kunt Vaz…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. NinjaMidget

    I have to agree with NiceFellow here, he’s on the right track, but Mr. Vaz probably should direct his attention towards the parents of under age kids.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. GwynbleiddiuM

    Well, Rating and classifications are good things to have and I have no argue on the matter. I can see the concern here is not biased and valid. Every age category should play games appropriate for their age. IMO as #6 said it’s more of a parenting issue, as most parents are irresponsible these days, I know many of them that would go to any length to silence their kids so they can go and have some fun for themselves, specially new generation of mothers, total and utter disappointment.

    #7 4 years ago