Politicians and video games don’t usually mix, but Microsoft is hoping to change that.
As part of its Get Game Smart iniative, the Redmond giant is hosting an event tonight in conjunction with House of Representatives members Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) designed to educate parents and families on “how to enjoy video games and online media in ways that are safer, healthier and more balanced.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz said
“The very same computers that help our children study and literally place the world’s knowledge at their fingertips can also open up a pathway to risky behavior. Instead of preventing our children from using the computer or the Internet, or criminalizing speech online that would be permissible on the playground, we must instead teach children how to be good cybercitizens.”
John Shimkus noted that parental involvement is key, saying
“Bringing parental involvement and industry together is vital in order to help protect children from inappropriate graphic violence and sexual situations.”
Microsoft intends to have The Beatles: Rock Band, Lips: Number One Hits and Forza Motorsport 3 on display, as well as a demonstration of Kodu, it’s simple-to-use game creation tool.