Labour MP: "Playing games is a good thing."
Lawmakers are rarely known as friends of the games industry. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg took issue with GTAIV's likeness of the city, Hilary Clinton has been a longtime critic of violent and sex-themed video games, and then of course there's British Member of Parliament Keith Vaz, dubbed by some...
But not all elected officials are out to get games, at least according to UK tabloid the Daily Mirror, which quoted Cabinet Office Minister Tom Watson as saying that he thought playing games was "a good thing."
"I'd rather my boy be playing on his Wii than passively watching telly... Most games are educational. They make you think, focus, challenge, and change--500 years ago, a medium that did this would be called art." Apparently Watson's 3-year-old son learned to count via a Teletubbies game, and a friend of the child in question learned to make bronze through the role-playing game Runequest.