Keith Vaz calls for parliamentary debate on harmful effects of games

Friday, 9th December 2011 01:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

British MP Keith Vaz has called on parliament to revisit the issue of potential negative effects of gaming on children.

“Could we have a debate next week about the harmful effects of violent video games?” Vaz asked assembled politicians, as recorded in the House of Commons Hansard.

“At a time when parents are thinking of purchasing video games for Christmas, does the right hon. Gentleman not think that it is important to hold a debate on this matter? This is not about censorship—it is about protecting our children,” he added.

The Leicester East MP brought up recent research by the University of Indiana to back up his request. As Spong points out, DailyTech discovered the study in question had been funded by an anti-gaming pressure group.

Sir George Young responded by promising to bring the matter to the attention of the Home Secretary, but wouldn’t commit to a debate.

Vaz has acquired a reputation for doggedly pursuing stricter policies on game content.




  1. Bellisner

    This is a man who believes in, and has signed Commons Early Day Motions in support of the healing effects of homoeopathic “remedies”.
    The homoeopathic industry is known to ignore studies which suggest the benefit of the practice is no better than placebo. However they wave and champion studies which claim the opposite.
    These studies are in the overwhelming minority, and often are accused of having systemic flaws in their methodology, and like the article above, the dubious studies tend to have the funding of lobbyists, and as such there are major conflicts of interests in their creation.

    Vaz hasn’t the critical faculties to observe the most basic metadata which shows homoeopathy to be utter tosh, he can hardly be trusted to hold an even handed debate on the effects of gaming, especially in the light he will use the questionable University of Indiana study .

    I believe it’s right and proper that such a debate should be heard in the Commons but not at the hands of a cretin who cherry picks dodgy scientific data to support his prejudices.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. silkvg247

    His mistake is the entirely negative attitude he is clearly demonstating, which also clearly demonstrates his own personal bias against video games. Yawn. Is it still the 90′s or something?

    He should have instead asked for a discussion on the positive and negative effects of games.

    As for trying to make games stricter on their content.. why? Start down that road and we censor films next, then books (nothing is more powerful than the human imagination after all).

    It just goes to show there are some utter tools out there, with blatant tunnel vision, that really shouldn’t be given the light of day over matters like this.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Freek

    “Oh, won’t somebody please think of the children!!”

    They have, it’s called the BBFC, they rate the games so parents have the tools they need to make the judgetment on wether or not murder fest 3000 is suiteable for little johny.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. The_Red

    And I calls for parliamentary debate on harmful effects of Keith Vaz and level of his assholeness.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TheBlackHole

    #3 +1

    That’s the only response anyone should give when Vaz speaks…

    #5 3 years ago

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