Keith Vaz, anti-games campaigner and Labour MP for Leicester East, is on the warpath again, this time targeting Modern Warfare 3.
In an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for the BBFC to tighten its rating restrictions, he linked Modern Warfare 3 in-game terrorist activities with the July 7, 2005 London bombings.
++ Update, for such an ill-conceived attack and due to popular demand, we've decided to induct Mr Vaz into our W.R.O.N.G. campaign. Here's a helful pic if you'd like to share.
EDMs are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. While very few are actually debated, they are used for reasons such as publicising the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause. Here's the full text of Vaz's latest:
That this House is deeply concerned about the recently released video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, in which players engage in gratuitous acts of violence against members of the public; notes in particular the harrowing scenes in which a London Underground train is bombed by terrorists, bearing a remarkable resemblance to the tragic events of 7 July 2005; further notes that there is increasing evidence of a link between perpetrators of violent crime and violent video games users; and calls on the British Board of Film Classification to take further precautions when allowing a game to be sold.
Tom Watson, pro-games campaigner and Labour MP for West Bromwich East, made the following amendment to the EDM:
"leave out from `House' to end and add `notes that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 an 18 classification, noting that `the game neither draws upon nor resembles real terrorist attacks on the underground'; further believes that the game has an excellent user interface and challenges the gamers' dexterity as well as collaborative skills in an outline setting; and encourages the BBFC to uphold the opinion of the public that whilst the content of video games may be unsettling or upsetting to some, adults should be free to choose their own entertainment in the absence of legal issues or material which raises a risk or harm.'."