Someone in British Parliament is not even phased by the numbers Modern Warfare 3 is pulling out. Instead, Keith Vaz wants to ban it. Luckily, he’s calling it Call of Duty 3, so he’s talking about a different, 5-year-old game. Commence finger pointing, laughing, and grimacing.
Vaz wants to ban the game for the usual reasons: depictions of violence in familiar environments like London, 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.”
Surely he’s sourced groundbreaking research that explores the difficult subject of human behavior and video games? Well, he has done his own research apparently. That or he takes his information from the Daily Mail, which had similar reactions to MW3.
Unsurprisingly, only nine other ministers have thrown their votes into Vaz’s hat. Even then, Tom Watson MP added an amendment to the motion that states the basic facts that should be important for context like that the game is rated for adults, doesn’t really resemble the terrorist attack that Vaz mentioned, and that personal choice should not be taken away from the consumer.
Well, here’s to democracy! It usually steers us in the right direction!