Even Anti-Gaming Keith Vaz Enjoys Parliamentary Video Game Event

MPs Experience Benefits of Gaming

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Even Anti-Gaming Keith Vaz Enjoys Parliamentary Video Game Event
Consumer activist group Gamers' Voice invited Members of Parliament to take a break from voting on important matters last night to indulge in some healthy gamesplaying.

Key MPs such as Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey and Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the games industry John Whittingdale joined Ian Livingstone of Eidos, Dr Richard Wilson of TIGA and Mike Rawlinson of UKIE in playing various games in an attempt to smash misconceptions about the size and potential of the industry.

Even the anti-video game voice for the House of Commons, Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, seemed to be enjoying himself as he was able to see the benefits of gaming and the strength of charities such as Special Effect, which was demonstrating technology to allow disabled people to play classic arcade games.

Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, Kinect Sports, Dead Space: Extraction, World of Goo and Heavy Rain were among the games on display, and inbetween glasses of specially-branded House of Commons Wine, a good time was had by all. Gamers' Voice expressed delight about the better-than-expected turnout.

SPOnG was present at the gathering last night, you can expect a feature with all the chit-chat later today.


PaulRayment 13 Jan 2011 10:17
Gah, I wanted them to play GTA4 - Seeing Vaz enjoy throwing a hooker out of a car would have made my day.
Svend Joscelyne 13 Jan 2011 11:07
I think his head would have exploded if that happened. Actually, that would have made for an interesting event...
Dudley 13 Jan 2011 13:32
I fear however that the first time he sees a publicity opportunity Vaz will forget all this and make up some b******s about games to get himself on the news again.
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