9:59 AM on 03.07.2008
Videogame violence has been a major issue in British and indeed international politics recently, with a great deal of talk surrounding increased censorship for the artform.
However, all this talk has been unfortunately confined to Parliament and the tabloid newspapers.
As the PM, who ordered the Byron review, and other politicians have so far chosen not to talk directly to the games media, the debate has become one-sided and marred by misinformation, political agenda and emotional blackmail.
To that extent, this petition requests that politicians invloved with the debate on videogame censorship and the Byron review actively seek out dialogues with the games media on the subject, to help paint a better picture of what is happening to the millions of people who make up the British gaming community, to help clear up any factual inaccuracies or just missing information in arguments made, and to make the MPs more accountable for their comments and actions in Parliament.
Earlier this week, Keith Vaz complained about being "pilloried" by the games media, when in actuality, he's merely being called out by people who know more than him for talking nonsense.
Vaz' confusion on the matter could have been easily solved if only he, and his friends in parliament, would simply talk to the people calling him out, and would also serve to challenge those using the videogame violence issue to further their own political careers with the questions they're not being asked by the mainstream media.
As well as that, this will also bring the issue to a wider audience, and given that all signs are pointing to the government forcing greater censorship laws upon games regardless of the outcome of the Byron Review, the more support we can gather to support freedom of expression, the more likely it is that such an action will be politically contentious, and therefore less likely to occur.
200 signatures guarantee us a response from parliament- and given that the Manhunt 2 petition saw 3000 signatures- fifteen times the required amount- that shouldn't be too hard to do.
Sign the petition, pass it into your friends, and make a difference.
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