MPs Facebook Group Gains Support of Additional UK Pols

November 12, 2009 -

Gamers’ Voice, the pro-gaming Facebook group set up by West Bromwich East Labour MP Tom Watson, has drawn support from another pair of UK politicians.

Watson, who setup the group in response to comments made by Leicester East Labour MP Keith Vaz, invited Sion Simon, Minister for Creative Industries, and Shadow Minister Ed Vaizey to check out the online group, which they both did. Both left messages of support for Watson and the group.

Vaizey wrote, “Tom, congratulations on setting up the group. It's about time gamers had a voice to represent the huge success of the UK video games industry. We spend too much time attacking games and not enough time celebrating their huge success and contribution to the economy.”

Simon added, “The government understands the importance of video games. we make games better and play games more in this country than anywhere else in the world. It’s an important industry and an important part of millions of people's lives. But it's a very young industry which is still finding its voice. I think this group is an important step in that process, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

The group is also now fielding questions that Watson hopes to direct towards Vaizey and Simon for responses.

Watson wrote of the pair, "Sion and Ed are a little bit different to other MPs though. They both have responsibilities in Labour and the Conservatives for policies towards the Games Industry. And I think they're both genuine in wanting to help.”


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Re: MPs Facebook Group Gains Support of Additional UK Pols

And Vaz will be too busy thinking about Marshmallows.

Re: MPs Facebook Group Gains Support of Additional UK Pols

I always thought of him as more of a hamburger man, myself. I mean, look at those cheeks!

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Re: MPs Facebook Group Gains Support of Additional UK Pols

Actually at the moment he's going to be thinking about:

The Home Office's Response to Terrorist Attacks
The Cocaine Trade
Role of the Home Secretary in relation to the UK-US Extradition Treaty
Police Numbers
The work of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)
The work of the UK Borders Agency
The e-Borders Programme
The work of the Home Office
Missing unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
The Future of the Forensic Service

Unlike his well known counterpart, Jack Thompson, Keith Vaz actually has a real job... which if anything makes it even more baffling when he randomly jumps up and shouts nonesense about videogames.

Re: MPs Facebook Group Gains Support of Additional UK Pols

Between ranting about videos games and his tendencey to run round trying to get handouts, goodies and other perks from comapnies, and pull in favours for friends of his, it's amazing he has time to do his job.

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Re: MPs Facebook Group Gains Support of Additional UK Pols

Well he'd definitely not doing his job in regards to immigration!

Re: MPs Facebook Group Gains Support of Additional UK Pols

Two MPs who have responsibilties to the gaming industry join a group supporting the gaming industry?

I'm shocked, SHOCKED! Well not that shocked.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: MPs Facebook Group Gains Support of Additional UK Pols

I am a bit. How often do you hear of MPs actually supporting the game industry?

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james_fudgeWe appreciate your support :)08/29/2014 - 2:55pm
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SleakerAnd honestly, nearly all of the games she references, or images she depicts I've always cringed at and wondered why they were included in games to begin with, from pinups through explicit sexual depictions or direct abuse. I think it's cheap storytelling.08/29/2014 - 12:35pm
Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenAmusingly, these videos aren't saying you can't/shouldn't use tropes or that sexual representations are inherently problematic so those are very silly things to have a problem with and indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of the series.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
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