Just to show that the video-game ignorant crazy isn't just an American breed, it would seem there is at least one across the pond. British MP Keith Vaz, shown in this oh-so-flattering picture, is trying to get a censorship bill passed in the UK. Or was, rather.
The bill failed, but not before Vaz, in support of the bill, made the following lovely statement.
Someone sitting at a computer playing a video game, or someone with one of those small devices that young people have these days, the name of which I forget - PlayStations or PSPs, something of that kind...
Well, whatever they are called, when people play these things, they can interact. They can shoot people; they can kill people. As the honourable Gentleman said, they can rape women.
However, a bit later during discussion a far more reasonable MP named Edward Vaizey took issue to this.
...the right honourable Member for Leicester, East (Keith Vaz), who chairs the Home Affairs Committee, mentioned that some video games allow the participant to engage in a rape act... I checked the point with the BBFC and found it to be completely unaware of any such video game.
Is the honourable Gentleman aware of any video game that has as its intention the carrying out of rape or that allows the game player to carry out such an act? The BBFC and I are unaware of any such game.
Oh snap! Immediately shot down! Good to see there is still some common sense out there. Restricting sales of violent media, (including video games), to minors is a worthy goal, but embellishing the facts about them to try and achieve more censorship is just dishonest.