Tom Watson, a member of British Parliament, has developed a sort of folk hero status among European gamers this morning. After his fellow MP, Keith Vaz, promised to decry the violence depicted in Modern Warfare 2
(specifically in that one scene
) in the next session of Parliament, Watson publicly defended the game on Facebook and Twitter. He then kicked it up a notch and started a pressure group called Gamers' Voice
on Facebook. The group's mission statement explains that its members will discuss "how UK video gamers can find their voice in newspapers and government."
It was a wise, pre-emptive move on Watson's part -- as promised, Vaz brought up the game
during today's Parliament session, explaining that it's so violent that "even the manufacturers have put in warnings within the game telling people how they can skip particular scenes." He inquired how the government was planning on "protecting our children." Watson stepped in and dropped the timeless observation that the UK already has
a game rating system which restricts the game's sale to minors, and that it's more important to protect the gaming industry than it is to "create moral panic" in the media.
If you want to stay informed of Watson's other heroic, industry-defending activities, you might want to join the Gamers' Voice group
. (We hear that shortly after that Parliament session, he doused a burning orphanage, then ate an entire maple tree
for breakfast. Seriously!)