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  1. During a CNN report, anchor Erin Burnett spoke with psychologist and author of Real Boys about the possible link between violent video games and violent children. Pollack does show concern over the violent aspect of certain video games, of course, but gave a simple "no" when asked if the myth were true, going on to talk about the easy availability of weapons in the U.S. Burnett isn't satisfied, however, and repeatedly tries to turn the blame back on video games. you can watch the full report in the video below, with the violent video game segment starting at 2:58: http://youtu.be/blH3Shg3nX8 Needless to say, some people weren't too happy with this anchor after badgering Pollack into saying violent video games were to blame for recent school shootings (even though he kept saying they weren't). One of these unhappy campers is none other than Twisted Metal's own David Jaffe, who decided to leave Burnett and her network a long and angry message via Twitlonger: "Dear @ErinBurnett : you, ma'am, are at best an idiot that @cnn should be ashamed to have as an anchor. At worst, you are the worst kind of American: one who has allowed the healthy desire for success to morph into a capitalistic cancer that makes it ok to ignore the facts in order to make your product more appealing, regardless of the consequences. To make matters worse, your own views about video games- which you seem to have no problem sharing with your hundreds of thousands of viewers- clearly have not been formed by any actual research or real life experience with the medium. I am sure you will think yourself quick and insightful when you tell me- a video game director/designer accusing someone from another industry of making products for profit regardless of consequence- that I am the pot and you are the black kettle. However, if you actually listened to your guests and read the studies (aka if you actually did some....some....hmmm, what's that word you journalists have for it? Oh right: RESEARCH!) you would see you are wrong; you would see there remains- after years of studies- zero evidence of video games with violent subject matter causing real life violence. On the flip side- you know: YOUR side- there is very real evidence that our society suffers greatly when our news media fails to properly inform the public. The fact that you think a guy who 'trains'* on a shooting video game would be granted the skill to horrifically, tragically kill those CHILDREN in Norway only serves to show how little research you do before you open your mouth in front of your world wide audience under the guise of delivering news. I'm not sure what makes your argument look more ignorant: the fact that you don't back up your idiotic statement by showing a correlation to the current health of America's agriculture sector with the popularity of Farmville OR the fact that the sick, deranged evil loser who killed those poor kids in Norway had picked such a poor 'training' tool that after 700 hours of play, he was only capable of hitting little kids with his bullets versus the well armed pretend terrorists and highly skilled virtual soldiers that he was battling in the game. Shame on you. But more importantly: shame on your profession. It deserves so much better.** David *'Train' is such a stupid, irresponsible verb that you- without a shred of guilt- chew into with relish and repeat over and over because you know it helps sell your false story. ** I know journalism deserves better than you because I really love Sorkin's The Newsroom plus I saw Broadcast News back in high school at least 5 times (I had a crush on Holly Hunter- so sue me!) which means- in your world- I must have the equivalent of a journalism degree from Columbia plus a few years experience working for The Washington Post (back in the 70's, I mean, when it was really something special). So because of that, I know you will trust me when I tell you that you are not right for your current job and that you should quit and go try to be on something like The View or try to act in a movie or some such." Team Jaffe or Team Burnett? Which side are you on? Source: Game Informer Via: The Escapist
  2. A Californian Senator by the name of Leland Yee was recently quoted as saying "Gamers have got to just quiet down. Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry's lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest." The argument he's referring to is about censoring video games. I'm now going to reword his quote so he sounds crazy. "Doctors have got to just quiet down. Doctors have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for curing diseases and the medical industry's lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest." The argument he's pretend-referring to is the banning of flu shots. Senator Yee should know by this point in his life that if you try to ban or censor something, the people you're directly affecting will come out of the woodwork and try to defend their hobbies and in the case of the video game industry, their livelihoods Does he just expect people to lay down and take it because somebody did something bad? Syringes don't kill people; overly complicated radio dramas do. Here's a bit of backstory for those of you not in the know. This isn't Senator Yee's first time tangling with video games, and odds are it won't be his last. You see, two years ago California tried to pass a law that would make it illegal for stores to sell M rated video games to people under the age of 18. Yee was one of the people supporting that bill. Why did it fail, then, if violence and mass killing sprees were just as bad as they've been these last few months? Because the Supreme Court knows what's up when it comes to the first amendment. Just because something is seen as negative by some people doesn't mean it should be banned from being purchased. While that should be obvious to just about anybody, here's where things get stupid. That legal battle to pass a law to ban kids under 18 from purchasing violent video games I just mentioned? That was six whole years in the making. Six years of government meetings, court cases and trips to the Supreme Court. All in, millions in tax dollars were spent trying to pass a law that made it harder for businesses to make money. A law pretty much everyone knew would fail. At this rate we're going to have to dig a new money hole Now they're gearing up for round two knowing it will fail and the state is going to suffer for it. I understand Senator Yee thinks he's doing the right thing by trying to ban violent video games. But he simply doesn't know enough about the medium to understand that he's more than likely targeting the wrong problem. Yes, a lot of these people going on rampages played violent video games, but do you know why? Because it's a billion dollar industry, Yee! You said so yourself! Millions of people buy and play video games every single day. These same people probably also watch TV and read books (probably less on the book reading part) When you get into the millions, you're going to get a few bad apples. These people are what we like to refer to as "psychopaths." They existed before video games and they will continue to exist after video games. There needs to be better ways to help these sorts of people, but we'll have to wait for that solution. GTA V is coming out soon later this year, and they can't let that happen. What do you think about Senator Yee's comments? I'm pretty sure I already know, but feel free to leave a comment below. As always, thank you for reading.
  3. Have you ever heard the phrase “don“t judge a book by its coverâ€? Of course you have. If you haven“t, then you“re lying, because…come on. It“s a phrase that basically means that you shouldn“t judge something by appearance alone (usually pertaining to people). So if you ask me, this phrase is very relatable to video games. Whether you think a game is going to suck because you don“t think it looks fun, has unimpressive graphics in your eyes, looks too kiddy for you, or even if you think the game looks like the best game ever, just remember that you shouldn“t judge a game by its cover (hey, that“s the title of the article!). If you judge too quickly, you could really be missing out on something truly amazing… “Well THIS Game“s Gonna Suck…†Certain games sure do get a lot of hate these days. Now, it's one thing when you play a game and legitimately do not like it whatsoever, but then there are those people who hate on a game before they ever even play it. And oftentimes, these people don't even wait long enough for reviewers to review it before giving their final judgment. As soon as they see the game in action for the very first time, they're all like "well THIS game's gonna suck..." They're too quick to judge the game and often miss out on quality games they never give a chance. “The Wii U“s Gonna Bomb!†Ever since gamers got a look at Nintendo“s new home console, a lot of them seem to have convinced themselves that it“ll bring about the destruction of Nintendo. Now, realistically, that probably won“t be the case, but these people think it will. Why? Well, because they haven“t tried it out for themselves, that“s why. Even when almost every person who has gotten their hands on the Wii U has had mostly good things to say about it, the haters just won“t listen. And when they see the games for the Wii U (like Nintendo Land, for instance), they tell everyone that the console has nothing good coming along. We“ll see what happens when the Wii U is released, but I predict these people might be wrong. “It Doesn't Have the Best Graphics, So It's a Bad Game.†When people say “graphics don“t make a game,†they aren“t just saying that. Honestly, a game could look like real life and still be the worst game ever. But not everyone seems to think that. A lot of people are under the impression that if a game doesn“t have amazing graphics, it isn“t worth playing. That“s one of the things that just about killed the Wii for people who think they“re “hardcore gamers.†Of course, that“s not to say that all games with crappy graphics are good, but it ain“t the opposite either. Look, all I“m sayin“ is that a game shouldn“t be judged solely on how hard it is to distinguish between what you see in-game and what you see when you step back into reality. Graphics don“t make a game, and that“s that. “This Game is Too Kiddy for Me…†Oh boy, this one… Seriously, when people confidently tell others that a certain game is too kiddy for them in order to keep up with their “hardcore gamer†attitude, I just have to cringe. If a game was too kiddy for you, it wouldn“t be rated E for Everyone, but rather something more like E12- for Everyone 12 and under. It“s all personal preference, of course, but we aren“t talking about the people who actually care about their own gamer opinions. Instead, we“re talking about the people who flat-out won“t give a game a chance because it“s not violent or profane enough to be inappropriate for children to play. Their logic: if a kid is allowed to play it, it“s a kid“s game. But you wanna know a sad secret? Many of these “mature†gamers aren“t even in their teens yet… “THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVAR!!1!†It“s time to take a different stance here and talk about something that always tends to be a huge determining factor in gamer purchases: hype. Rather than gamers looking at a game and yelling “next!†before they even see what the game is like for themselves, there are many times in which gamers see a game and immediately decide that they“ll buy it on day one no matter what. Good examples would be any game in the Call of Duty series, Halo series, or Final Fantasy series; no matter where the series has gone in recent years (I“m looking at YOU, Final Fantasy XIII-2!). Another good example of something being overhyped is the old Atari 2600 game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (*shiver*). That game was so hyped up because of the movie that it took the world until after they caused the game to outsell Space Invaders to realize that the game was the worst thing on the face of the Earth and had to be bulldozed into the desert to avoid Satan“s wrath from destroying the planet. “Violent Video Games Make Kids Violent.†Here“s a topic that parents and politicians love to try digging up legitimate evidence for, even though more evidence shows quite the opposite; these people see video games with any amount of blood in it as something that“s damaging their kid“s morals and turning them evil, thanks to a few nut-job gamers who decided on having some killing sprees. In their eyes, violent video games make kids violent, when all it really is are violent kids deciding to play violent video games due to their already violent nature (which could be due to other aspects of their life). But regardless, this train of thought (and the nut-jobs) has caused video game judging like no other. Whether it“s the judging of parents or politicians, or anyone else who believes these claims, there are plenty of people who will turn down a game, even if it“s an amazing piece of work, just because it has some violence in it. I guess they see these games as some sort of brain-washing to go out and kill. Now if you“ll excuse me, it“s time to go hunt me some zombies…
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