Fox News is at it again...

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#1 Posted by solidwolf52 (295 posts) -

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/08/bulletstorm-worst-game-kids/#content  
 
Honestly they need to find better stuff to worry about.  I always get so fed up at these articles and new reports where the media reports on games that they don't understand.  They just immediately freak out and claim that video game are turning children into the devil.

#2 Posted by ProfessorEss (7123 posts) -

I dunno, for once maybe they got it right?
 
Still lollin at dis quote: "...players are rewarded for shooting enemies in the private parts (such as the buttocks)"
 
I mean really, they ain't even got the sack to say "testicles" or even the more accurate "anus" (aka: asshole).

#3 Posted by JasonR86 (9379 posts) -

The 'Buttocks' is a private part?

#4 Edited by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

Melanie Killen, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Maryland who has pushed for laws that govern the sale of video games, disagrees that the ESRB rating system is working. She says 9-year-olds are playing games like Bulletstorm and that there is no real enforcement. The FCC monitors all TV broadcasts and stiffly fines broadcasters for violating decency rules, yet there are no penalties in place for retailers who sell violent games to kids.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/08/bulletstorm-worst-game-kids/#ixzz1DObuMuee


The most frustrating thing about these articles is always how they treat the ESRB, which is arguably one of the best ratings boards as far as doing their job. No one holds the parents accountable at all. If someones dad lets them watch Kill Bill it's not the FCC or MPAA's fault. Why is it ESRB's fault if kids are playing violent games, especially when retailers are required to card for M rated games?
#5 Posted by Lemoncookie01 (1667 posts) -

Dude,It's fox news.What do you expect?

#6 Posted by blueduck (964 posts) -

Fox News viewers are from the older end of the age meter. It's easy to get old people stirred up with horror stories about new technology harming kids.  

#7 Posted by DoctorTran (1526 posts) -

"“The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games,” she said."

... Really? Fuck. I better put Mass Effect down. Might make me wanna rape. Never know, might run into some hot blue chick and I'll lapse into a rapist!

#8 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Fox News would like to thank reactionary sensitive gamers for all the free press and site hits.

#9 Posted by solidwolf52 (295 posts) -

I can see where they're coming from, but i think they're missing the point, they go into the stuff about the rating system and they're critical of it, but if you ask me they should really be critical of the parents.   If anything it's their ignorance that lets the games get into the hands of children.  Before i was 17 i always tried to buy M rated games and most of the time i was turned away by the clerk.  I got my parents to buy them for me, but they were aware of the content and judge the games individually.  They educated themselves on the rating system so they could make a choice.  More parents should do this, rather than just letting their kids play whatever.  I don't think any kid should play this game, that's why there are ratings in place to prevent that.
 

They say stuff like: "The Increase in rapes can be attributed in large parts to the playing out of sexual scenes in videogames."  Where is the basis for this claim.  Most sex scenes in games are consensual and based on a romance between the characters.  Movies have had much more graphic scenes of rape.  I think this assessment is really out of line and unjustified.

#10 Posted by TooWalrus (12978 posts) -

Man, Fox News are always so rational, they're fair and balanced, this is so unlike them.

#11 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4969 posts) -

Fox News seriously knows how to troll.  They are THE master trollers.

#12 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -
 
 
It says 18.
How can kids of age 9 (as mentioned in their article) even legally play this?
#13 Posted by buft (3298 posts) -
@TooWalrus: @TooWalrus said:
" Man, Fox News are always so rational, they're fair and balanced, this is so unlike them. "
too true, i can only imagine this was written by a new reporter out to make a name for him/herself
#14 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4038 posts) -

If you under the age of immortal and you still think video games are this uncontrollable evil that needs to be stopped then society has no place for you.

#15 Edited by Metal_Mills (2948 posts) -

Fox: Damn it this violence and video games angle isn't working! We need something new!
Reporter: What about video games lead to SEXUAL violence, huh? Like video games you make rape people!
Fox: Brilliant!

#16 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5235 posts) -
@TaliciaDragonsong said:

"    It says 18. How can kids of age 9 (as mentioned in their article) even legally play this? "

Their parents who buy it for them only to realize that it's nothing but a buttocks shooting simulator, where they then contact their local news station to reveal the filth that video games are unleashing on their kids.  
 
You know...stupid people. That and as far as I know there is actually no law against selling to minors. It's more a store to store policy thing at this point. I could be wrong though.
#17 Posted by Chaoskiller2000 (306 posts) -

Fox news is a really sad source for anything. Seriously are they worried about children? This is not a video game for children its rated M sure some kids are going to get it but they are not meant to so according to that logic we should get rid of all adult entertainment for the sake of the children... I am pretty sure children see worse things then what is depicted in a video games.

#18 Posted by Perspicacity1 (61 posts) -

Remi Sklar, the vice president of Public Relations at Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, which makes numerous video games (though is unconnected to Bulletstorm), offered the following statement: “We don’t have a comment for that story.”  

Even if they're just fishing for hits, I'll still read them because I find lines like this to be genuinely funny. Part of me thinks writers at Fox don't even put any effort into these anymore. They just plug "current violent game" into the template of 'kids play games, games corrupt children, research evidence, ESRB is useless, opposition essentially says "what are you talking about" or "get with the times old man" ' and then print because well, they're Fox News. It's what they do.
#19 Edited by Tennmuerti (7723 posts) -
@TaliciaDragonsong said:

"    It says 18. How can kids of age 9 (as mentioned in their article) even legally play this? "

Actually legaly they can.
There is currently no law against it.
Game sales are self controlled by the industry just like the movies.
That's what the supreme court case in US recently was about.
 
(this is ofcourse not true for all countries)
#20 Posted by JTB123 (1045 posts) -

The horse must be down to its fucking bones by now, leave it alone and bury it already.

#21 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -
@wolf_blitzer85:  @Tennmuerti: 
It says 18 on the box, meaning the content is not suitable for anyone under 18.
Same as with a movie, if you continue to purchase/watch/play the game/movie in question then you should know the risks.
Thus, if you complain to a news station about it the news station should say: "Sorry ma'm, your own fault really".
 
But hey, that's wishful thinking on my part.
Stupid media.
#22 Posted by solidwolf52 (295 posts) -

Legally a child can play this game, however there are restrictions in place to bar this from happening.

#23 Posted by ShaneDev (1696 posts) -

 Fox reports it and Epic loves it. Its seems like exactly the response they wanted with all the marketing stuff.    

#24 Posted by gamb1t (964 posts) -
@TaliciaDragonsong said:
"    It says 18. How can kids of age 9 (as mentioned in their article) even legally play this? "
I mean come on its not like this is a porno with jenna haze on the front getting "gang banged". Even though you have to be 18+ to get porn to. Why isnt there an article about porn and kids watching them at age 9?
#25 Posted by Tennmuerti (7723 posts) -
@TaliciaDragonsong said:
" @wolf_blitzer85:  @Tennmuerti:  It says 18 on the box, meaning the content is not suitable for anyone under 18. Same as with a movie, if you continue to purchase/watch/play the game/movie in question then you should know the risks. Thus, if you complain to a news station about it the news station should say: "Sorry ma'm, your own fault really".  But hey, that's wishful thinking on my part. Stupid media. "
You were asking about legality of buying the game.
We answered.
 
People complaining, social issues, parenting issues, etc. Are all a seperate things.
Are there restrictions? Yes.
Just like you are not likely to get into a movie theater to see an 18+ movie if you are under age, it's the same with game retail, some places will simply refuse to sell you the game.
But no one is legaly liable in either case, if you do actually go to see that movie or buy that game.
#26 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -
@Tennmuerti: 
Oi, I wasn't attacking any of ya, just further telling my view of it.
I'm glad to get into discussions, better then posting and running away.
 
Its the bloody media tho I tell ya.
Lots of words, no real message, only hate spreading.
You'd think they'd have some common sense, but I guess that website hits are more important then that (wouldn't be surprised if they actually were more important).
 
So when the kid's being a kid, the parent's being uninformed or just don't caring, the game company/rating system is displaying a age/rating on the box yet the parents still buy the game for their kid, then its on them.
Sure we can't investigate them front to back to make such claims in a news story (we should, I think, but that's me) but my mind just can't grasp why such a story gets written and approved of when its doing everything except what it should do.
 
You don't run a story on a mugger where you defend him, saying its the old ladies own fault for being in the park so late and/or blaming it on her taunting him to rob her.
There's a line, he crossed it, he should pay for it.
Ignorance isn't an excuse, not for things that can influence your kids or their vision, or in a worse case a crime which leads to trauma.
#27 Posted by I_smell (3925 posts) -

 My favourite part is where nobody is talking to them:
 
 Microsoft, maker of the Xbox 360 console, declined to comment. Epic Games did not respond to requests, and the developer did not respond. Remi Sklar, the vice president of Public Relations at Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, which makes numerous video games (though is unconnected to Bulletstorm), offered the following statement: “We don’t have a comment for that story.”  
 
HAhahahhaha

#28 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

CAn't wait to see their reaction for Duke Nukem Forever

#29 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

I bet 80% of the hits these stories get come from angry gamers, who then wonder why they keep making these stories. Ouroboros motherfuckers.

#30 Posted by Tennmuerti (7723 posts) -
@ryanwho said:
" I bet 80% of the hits these stories get come from angry gamers, who then wonder why they keep making these stories. Ouroboros motherfuckers. "
Awwwww, why so cynical :)
(ps: didn't go to the link myself)
#31 Posted by FirePrince (1762 posts) -

Well that was a funny read. 
As for the game, I find it fun, mildly funny and completely idiotic.Which is awesome.Too many serious shooters these days anyways. 
And for the matter at hand, I started playing violent videogames at about 12 years of age.No, I don't feel the need to kill or rape anybody.Hooray for not being mentally unstable!

#32 Posted by Lukeweizer (2509 posts) -

"Kids as young as 9" aren't supposed to be playing the game. It's not the game's fault. Young kids went to see "Saw". Complain about that.

#33 Posted by Bloodgraiv3 (2712 posts) -

Its funny because this is fox news, and it wouldn't surprise me if this was the kind of response the developers and the marketing team wanted.
#34 Posted by RoboRobb (1051 posts) -

Fox News are disgusting rats. Have we not all agreed on this as a society? ;)

#35 Posted by geirr (2381 posts) -

Like all profit-over-anything media, if given no attention it'll go away.

#36 Posted by Dtat (1621 posts) -

“The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games,”     
 
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW
#37 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -
@pepsimaxofborg said:
" Like all profit-over-anything media, if given no attention it'll go away. "
Indeed. It go rid of Olbermann. Speaking with indifference is how you get rid of hyperpartisan foaming anger.
#38 Posted by solidwolf52 (295 posts) -
@Bloodgraiv3

Its funny because this is fox news, and it wouldn't surprise me if this was the kind of response the developers and the marketing team wanted.
I bet they think this is hilarious over at Epic and PCF
#39 Posted by Bloodgraiv3 (2712 posts) -
@solidwolf52 said:
" @Bloodgraiv3

Its funny because this is fox news, and it wouldn't surprise me if this was the kind of response the developers and the marketing team wanted.
I bet they think this is hilarious over at Epic and PCF "

The entire gutsy attitude that they are marketing is one of the reasons im getting Bulletstorm, I bet they're cheering because of the controversy they've stirred.
#40 Posted by DaSoul (228 posts) -

They should rename themselves...The Fuck's News.

#41 Posted by karatetron (689 posts) -

From Alex Navarro's twitter page: 

"Getting called the worst game ever by Fox News is the best press Bulletstorm could ever hope for. That whole article is box quote material."
#42 Posted by mfpantst (2574 posts) -

The fake psychologist has a contact me and website:
 
 http://www.drcarole.com/contact.htm
 
hate mail?  Oh the irony.

#43 Posted by FiestaUnicorn (1576 posts) -

You shouldn't take Fox News seriously. When they're not lying they... um... they're probably still lying.
#44 Posted by Chokobo (1229 posts) -

Seriously, best publicity they could have gotten.
 
Now all kinds of immature 12-15 year olds will want to play it because it is "SO OUTRAGEOUS."

#45 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1782 posts) -
@Dtat said:
"
“The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games,”      WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW "
LOL
#46 Posted by wewantsthering (1459 posts) -
@blueduck said:
" Fox News viewers are from the older end of the age meter. It's easy to get old people stirred up with horror stories about new technology harming kids.   "
No, I know a surprising number of younger people who also like Fox News...I'm young and conservative, but I still don't like Fox News because they do stupid stuff like this all the time...
#47 Posted by TeflonBilly (4722 posts) -

For even more free publicity, they should have a PR guy show up on Fox in full on hackjockey meathead mode talking about the game like the intoduction and end of the demo. 
He should also be some huge steroided out dude who yells like R. Lee Emery. 
 
"YOU REMEMBER HOW YOU GOT EXTRA POINTS FOR EATING THE CHERRY IN PAC-MAN, MAGGOT!? IN THIS GAME YOU GET EXTRA POINTS FOR BLOWING UP SOME FREAK'S CHERRY!" 

#48 Posted by JasonR86 (9379 posts) -

I like how '9' was the number they landed on.  Not 8, not 10, but 9.  THAT's when kids are the most vulnerable.

#49 Posted by perilator666 (431 posts) -

Working at Fox News will turn you into a wife.beater. Also there's a chance you could become a christian fundamentalist.

#50 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -
@JasonR86 said:
" I like how '9' was the number they landed on.  Not 8, not 10, but 9.  THAT's when kids are the most vulnerable. "
Brain development is measurable, so yeah. They can get exact.

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