Thursday, February 24, 2011

MPs play Counter Strike and virtual tennis

Unusual scenes in the Reichstag: About 50 members of parliament met on Wednesday evening in Berlin for a computer game party.

With shooters like Counter Strike or sports simulations, they gained practical experience on the disputed issue. Blood acts as the shooting rampage in Winnenden in March 2009 were repeatedly triggered the demand for a legal ban on violent computer games.

The initiative for this first "politician-LAN" was based on three Members. Goal was "an objective, unbiased debate on an issue that children and young people in their immediate life-world concerns," said Jimmy Schulz (FDP), Manuel Höferlin (FDP) and Dorothee Bär (CSU). A LAN (Local Area Network) is a group of networked computers in a specific place.

The invitations were followed about 50 colleagues, said the MP, Sebastian Blumenthal (FDP), the news agency dpa. The event at the Group level of the diet could be seen above all politicians of the FDP and CDU. But the SPD members and former Federal Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries put on hand and tried to include a virtual car race and a virtual tennis game with motion control.

Computer games could never substitute for education, sports club or social environment be said Schulz. But computer games are for most children and adolescents has become a part of their daily lives. "Many adults, including politicians remains, that door has unfortunately closed. The change is close to my heart, "said Schulz. When using proper dosage and self-determined use are crucial. go to LAN parties, it comes together, "said Höferlin. Computer games are a natural evolution of traditional gambling.

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