Boris Johnson decides games are good

Boris Johnson decides games are good

Boris Johnson, the much-ridiculed mayor of London, now thinks computer games are a good think.

Boris Johnson, the semi-hilarious mayor of London, has had a change of opinion and decided that games are a good thing now.

While the much-ridiculed politician who has appeared on shows like Have I Got News For You may have previously said that games are to blame for "ignorance, underachivement " and "poverty", and turning children into "blinking lizards", it seems he's had a change of heart.

Boris announced via a press release that he was very pleased and proud to have London host the upcoming Games Festival for a third year and that the festival is a demonstration of the creativity and range of the industry. Johnson later went on to claim that the games industry is an important part of the UK economy and London's creative sector.

"With events across the capital, the festival has something for everyone and illustrates the popularity of this thriving form of entertainment," he added.

The comments were the exact opposite to remarks he had made a year or two previously when writing for The Telegraph. Boris's article, titled "The writing is on the wall - computer games rot the brain" said that it was time for society to "garotte the GameBoy and paralyse the PlayStation."

That said, this must be the only slightly stupid thing Boris has ever said, right?

Are games an important part of society, or just a mindless distraction from real problems? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.


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chiper136 16th October 2008, 10:28 Quote
The man is little more than a court jester. I don't even live in london and i'm sick of him.
seanblee 16th October 2008, 10:34 Quote
Maybe if you did live in London you'd realise he's actually doing a pretty good job so far, an awful lot better than Red Ken...
Tyrmot 16th October 2008, 11:20 Quote
I live in London and thus far he seems better than Ken to me, and has even starting cleaning up some of the mess Ken left behind. And what does it matter that he is quite funny as well? He's still obviously not a stupid man... I'd rather someone amusing than some politician shill in a suit like the rest of them...
phuzz 16th October 2008, 11:30 Quote
I'm glad I don't live in london, Bristol is just far enough away to get a good chuckle from the man who's last campaign slogan was "Vote Boris and let's bring Britain into the 19th century", but far enough away that we don't have to deal with the fallout...

For non brit readers, basically anything Boris says is the same level of comedy gold as Dick Cheney shooting that bloke in the face.
Garside 16th October 2008, 11:47 Quote

Can't believe you didn't link to my video!
Bauul 16th October 2008, 12:41 Quote
Ah pish, Boris rules. I think it's a testement to the man he can make gaffs that would make George Bush blush and he's STILL popular.
Lepermessiah 16th October 2008, 13:18 Quote
WOW, are politicians really that ignorant? Poor and Ignorant? Don't answer that.
Jordan Wise 16th October 2008, 13:34 Quote
hadn't seen that ping pong speech before, i was wetting myself
DXR_13KE 16th October 2008, 21:45 Quote
he looks like a nice bloke...
modgodtanvir 16th October 2008, 22:10 Quote
Love the dude... absolute legend, though perhaps a bit pretentious at times.

I can never forget the time he rugby tackled someone at a charity football match...
Spaceraver 17th October 2008, 05:02 Quote
Well. The ping pong speech was rather funny.
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