Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Keith Vaz and the Manhunt saga

Keith Vaz is continuing his misdirected tirade against violent video games with an Early Day Motion, Control of violent video games classification system, and a debate on 17th January (MPs debate video games - Leicester Mercury). This time he appears particularly upset by JFK Reloaded which has won much publicity on the back of its 'sickening premise' (Video game vice - Washington Times). Vaz claims, as is quite true, that this game is available for download on the internet. However the splash page clearly contains the following warning: JFK Reloaded contains mature content not intended for children. If you’re a parent or guardian, please review this content before showing it to your child. To be fully playable a payment of $10 is required from a credit/debit card or Paypal and even a limited free version still needs to be downloaded and installed.

Aside from this new attack Vaz and the media are still using the murder of Stefan Pakeerah to justify all this, despite the fact that Police investigating the murder of Stefan Pakeerah, 14, dismissed its influence. Manhunt was not part of its legal case (PM backs violent video games enquiry - BBC).

Previous bloggage on the subject: Keith Vaz and the Video Games with more background in Other Vaz news and Keith Vaz and Manhunt.

More news: JFK assassination game branded 'despicable', The Register. JFK shooting game provokes anger, BBC.

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