Dundee Pol Sticks up for Game Biz

January 20, 2010 -

Following the introduction of a motion before Parliament asking the Scottish government to address the negative effects of violent games on children, a Dundee MSP has gone on the attack on behalf of the game industry, calling the motion “unnecessary hostile.”

Labour MSP Elaine Smith’s motion requested that the government notify parents of the “possible risk to children’s emotional and psychological development as a result of prolonged use” of games, reports the Press and Journal.

Dundee West MSP Joe Fitzpatrick took umbrage with Smith’s proposal, saying, “I am very keen to promote Dundee’s world-leading video game development sector and am concerned at this unwarranted attack on an important industry and the effect it might have on its development.”

He added, “The UK Government is due to introduce legislation protecting children by making age ratings compulsory for all boxed games designed for those aged 12 or above, using the Pan-European Games Information (Pegi) classification system.”

Fitzpatrick has also previously championed tax breaks for the UK videogame industry.


Comments

Re: Dundee Pol Sticks up for Game Biz

  Not wanting to get too political, I'll remind the previous poster that it's only fair seeing as the british government has been burning away Scottish oil for the last 40 years or so

Re: Dundee Pol Sticks up for Game Biz

Scotland receives too much in the way tax money as it is, proportionally it is much higher than what English residents receive. And with all that extra money they can blow it on these pointless investigations.

No such thing as Scottish oil anyway, it's British oil. Also let's not forget that the country burnt a lot of money on your bust banks.

Re: Dundee Pol Sticks up for Game Biz

I note from your comments that neither the Law of the Sea or Geography are your strong suit.

If it is possible to hypothecate tax spend you can also hypothecate oil revenue :-P

Gus (who used to live in Dundee, in the buildign next to where Realtime Worlds now have thier studio).

Re: Dundee Pol Sticks up for Game Biz

ZING!

-- teh moominz --

Re: Dundee Pol Sticks up for Game Biz

doesn't the industry already voluntarily place age ratings on ALL boxes? or am i missing something?

Re: Dundee Pol Sticks up for Game Biz

What State said, or at least the first line of it.

Also, the situation before was that PEGI only rated certain games (as far as the UK market is concerned), now they're rating all of them, and are also backed by law at retail.

/b

Re: Dundee Pol Sticks up for Game Biz

There's a difference between voluntary and compulsory.

Rockstar North is based in Scotland, so a major developer there (as well as many of its breakaway studios).

Goes to show how the Scottish government is wasting British taxpayers' money.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Who's responsible for crappy Netflix performance on Verizon?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
ZenWrote up a story about people wanting Nintendo to drop the GamePad...and why I think it needs to stop. :) http://bit.ly/1raIQvv Let me know what you think!07/23/2014 - 10:53pm
MaskedPixelanteHey, so remember that "redeem your Sims 2 key on Origin for a free copy of the all-in-one edition" promotion? Well, it didn't work, so to make up for it, just go into your Origin profile and redeem the product key "I-LOVE-THE-SIMS" for your free Sims 2.07/23/2014 - 9:12pm
Andrew EisenThe Steam controller may have changed again. http://www.vg247.com/2014/07/23/steam-controller-valve/07/23/2014 - 6:46pm
james_fudgePlease use the comments section for bitching about specific articles :) We do read them, after all.07/23/2014 - 10:52am
Andrew EisenThat's unfair but thank you for the tip on the Reddit thread containing the Kickstarter message to backers. The article has been updated.07/23/2014 - 10:50am
SleakerHere's the message Areal backers recieved from Kickstarter: http://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/2beqlc/areal_kickstarter_suspended/07/23/2014 - 8:52am
Sleaker@MW - I still think Cogent/Level3 hookups were lacking prior to the comcast switch, but I do think verizon is being dumb here.07/23/2014 - 12:06am
Andrew EisenOf course it's a question. It's got a question mark and everything!07/22/2014 - 6:43pm
Matthew WilsonHate to say it, but that poll is not even a question. there is too much evidence that points to Verizon. http://www.extremetech.com/computing/186576-verizon-caught-throttling-netflix-traffic-even-after-its-pays-for-more-bandwidth07/22/2014 - 6:23pm
Andrew EisenHuh. The new Battlefield has been delayed to early next year. Are you feeling okay, EA? http://blogs.battlefield.com/2014/07/bfh-will-launch-2015/07/22/2014 - 6:11pm
SleakerWest End Games - Areal developers just got their Kickstarter suspended. Might want to dump that 'fully funded' status.07/22/2014 - 12:08pm
MaskedPixelanteHas anyone who bought it gotten their Sims 2 Ultimate Edition upgrade yet? Still waiting on mine, especially since they're supposed to be out by today.07/22/2014 - 10:45am
IanCDynasty Warriors 8 for the PS4 finally has the option to turn off the OTT depth of field that made the game look like a blurry mess. Only a few months behind the JP version patch...07/22/2014 - 10:17am
NeenekoI see nothing in Section 111 that would exclude IP transmission. It even explicitly includes 'other transmission methods'07/22/2014 - 9:28am
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2014/07/19/ruling_aereo_is_not_a_cable_company07/22/2014 - 8:13am
ZippyDSMleelul what?07/22/2014 - 7:53am
ZippyDSMleehttp://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/07/bungie-cross-generation-destiny-wouldnt-be-fair-to-low-res-players/07/22/2014 - 7:53am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/07/22/wii-u-update-adds-system-to-system-transfers/ The latest Wii U update allows you to do the system transfer between two Wii Us. Still not true accounts, but getting there.07/22/2014 - 7:39am
Papa MidnightSpeculation from PC Gamer. Don't hold your breath. http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/07/21/microsoft-job-listing-says-nice-things-about-pc-gaming-isnt-clear-if-it-means-them/07/21/2014 - 5:58pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician