Host: And the final round is “Continue the Parliamentary Debate”. This week, teams, we have an Early Day Motion for you from Ed Vaizey, Shadow Minister for Culture. EDM 1097, UK Video Game Industry: “That this House notes the importance of the video games sector to the UK economy; congratulates the winners and nominees at this year’s Bafta Video Games Awards; notes in particular the success of UK developed games, including Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet, Codemasters’ Race Driver: GRID and Lionhead Studios’ Fable II, all of which won awards; applauds this recognition of the continued success and significance of video games despite the complete lack of support from Government; regrets the fact that this lack of support from Government has seen the UK fall from being the third largest producer of video games in the world to the fifth largest; and urges the Government to devise a clear and supportive strategy for the UK video games sector as part of the Digital Britain review.
Zoso: “… starting with covering MP’s MMO subscriptions under expenses (but not looking too closely into the precise breakdown of purchases in Second Life)”
Melmoth: The Prime Minister vetoed the motion, claiming that everyone knew that Shadow Ministers were a stupidly overpowered flavour of the month member of parliament.
Zoso: The games industry was described as “disappointed” that the motion had garnered six times fewer signatures than EDM1159, Railway Enthusiasts and Photography, but looked forward to rallying behind EDM1211, National Cask Ale Week.
Melmoth: A transcript of the debate follows: “Very important. Right, the House moves that we now adjourn for the day and get back to raiding Ogrimmar”.
Zoso: Altdorf, surely? I have the House down as more Destruction types.
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The PM replied, ‘we are currently experiencing a high volume of EDMs. We will service your request as soon as possible.’
‘We have only just respecced the government in to ‘education’, do you know how much it will cost to change back?. You’ll just have to wait until the next Budget.’