London Mayor groups video games with illegal activities

London Mayor Boris Johnson mixed a bunch of elements into one great stew of silly for thelondonpaper. MCV reports the eccentric mayor, writing about the "London knife crisis," states he wants to show young people that "knives are not cool." He wants to do that by counteracting the damaging influences of drug-addicted celebrities, "violent video games" and the lure of gang life. Did he just lump violent video games in with narcotics and organized crime?

Last year Johnson wrote in a piece that "computer games rot the brain" and that readers should "garrotte the Game Boy and paralyse the PlayStation." Meanwhile, the British games industry reports a shortage of young skilled labor.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.