Vaz v Watson - Modern Warfare 2

It's the biggest games launch of the year, possibly of all time, a title which is expected to sell 3 million copies in the UK alone over the coming days. It's the subject of feverish interest from fans, and great expectations from retailers, with stores opening at midnight, and a price war launched by one major supermarket chain. But Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 has also sparked off a battle between two prominent Labour MPs with very different views of digital culture.

It started this morning with a story in the Daily Mail about the violence in the 18-rated game. The Mail said critics had accused the creators Activision of being irresponsible - but the only critic named was Keith Vaz, the Labour MP for Leicester East, who said this: "I am absolutely shocked by the level of violence in this game and am particularly concerned about how realistic the game itself looks."

Mr Vaz has been a long-term critic of the games industry, and plans to raise his concerns over Call of Duty in the Commons this afternoon in questions to the culture secretary and his team.

But within hours another Labour MP Tom Watson had hit back. Mr Watson is the former minister for digital engagement, and a prolific blogger and social networker who has shown a willingness to go on the attack over issues like cutting off illegal filesharers since he left the government in April.

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tdrules3723d ago

Keith Vaz, a man who considered a £75k flat 12 miles from his house an expense the public should pay for.
shove it

Nitrowolf23723d ago

i like the little joke they do at the end.
But honestly the only people who should be doing the protection are the parents and they should know what they are buying so.

Koblec3723d ago (Edited 3723d ago )

This article has win written all over it

Also, take a look at the tags. Lol

andron3723d ago

If that's the general level of IQ and reasoning behind most anti-"violent" game activists, I think I finally understand them a little better...LOL

ASSASSYN 36o3722d ago

I have not slept since this game was purchased.