Thursday, 8 April 2010

MP’s Blame Increasing Knife Crime On Increasing Game Violence

Labour MP Diane Abbott lead a debate this week about London gang crime at Westminster where the surprising conclusion drawn by many MPs was that the further prevalence of knife crimes is down to the increasing levels of violence in computer games and movies.

Speaking of a Home Affairs Committee report on knife crime, Simon Hughes, a Lib Dem MP stated:
“The report then makes a controversial point, but I believe that it is true – evidence supported our view that violent DVDs and video games exert a negative influence on those who watch and play them.”
The talk fortunately remained on a more sensible tangent and the discourse didn’t seem to indicate plans for crack down on games, rather discussion concerned knife possession predominantly.

This debate was held on the same day as the Digital Economy Bill was discussed in the Commons, the game industry this time was given lots of praise. Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt commented:
“We agree with the Secretary of State about the critical importance of the digital and creative industries-the largest independent television production sector in the world, the second largest music exporter in the world and, depending on how we measure them, the third largest film and video games industries in the world.”
Labour MP Sion Simon added:
“As for video, in respect of the Bill's embracing of the pan-European game information-PEGI-standards, it is important that we in this House and the Government recognise more than ever that the video games industry is already very important to our national economy.”
Keith Vaz, a fairly infamous MP as far as the gaming industry is concerned, did warn however:
“My right honourable friend is right to mention the success of the creative industries. With reference to our children, the industry must act responsibly-with respect to video games, for example. Such responsibility must accompany the success of the digital revolution.”

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