How ironic. I leave boring England for exciting Japan and the most surprising bit of news all week has come from Blighty. Yes, believe it or not, Church leaders have said that videogames are actually a good thing.
Church and charity leaders spoke at an ELSPA-hosted panel where they concluded that games were a force for good in society and help children to make friends.
Lighthouse Group spokesman Mike Royal and Joseph Steinberg of the The Church Mission Society were in agreement that videogames can help build a dialog between parents and their children. In my house, the dialog was always "turn that bloody game down" followed by "I am going to murder you in your sleep, mother." I made sure she never heard that last bit.
Obviously, I don't think these chaps are quite talking about Manhunt when they speak of the good games can do, but nonetheless it's refreshing to see some progressive thinking when it comes to gaming. Good show.