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Games may often get a bad rap in the court room, what with guys like Jack Thompson running around, but this time it got some positive recognition from the UK House of Commons.
Last week, MP Edward Vaized introduced a motion to recognize the video games that were honored by BAFTA, particularly those that were developed at studios in the UK, including Fable II, Race Driver: GRID, and LittleBigPlanet. Eleven members supported the motion, which goes:
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.
At the same time he pointed out that the video games industry receive a "complete lack of support from Government."
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