Portal 2 Controversy

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#51 Posted by C0V3RT (1419 posts) -

I find it offensive that adopted people would take offense to a game making a joke about being adopted.

#52 Posted by Meowshi (2917 posts) -

Well, that dude sure is lame.  

At least his daughter won't inherit his lameness through genes.  
#53 Posted by Pibo47 (3238 posts) -

Wow. I seriously cannot believe someone would actually take offense to this...its a joke. A JOKE.

#54 Posted by EndlessObsidian (521 posts) -

People will take offense at ANYTHING/EVERYTHING
#55 Edited by Dynamix (274 posts) -

I can see that sort of thing upsetting a parent with an adopted child, but making such a big deal about it on television is just retarded. Something tells me the daughter didn't pay much attention to that joke until she saw her father go crazy about it.

P.S. So will the family be suing Valve or Stephen Merchant?

#56 Posted by Ncuk007 (10 posts) -

some people cant take a joke... and a tame joke stated by a mad blithering sphere at that

#57 Posted by august (3981 posts) -
@Meowshi said:
Well, that dude sure is lame.  

At least his daughter won't inherit his lameness through genes.  
Quality post.
#58 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19302 posts) -

Umm... yeah no comment :/

#59 Posted by SlightConfuse (3995 posts) -

first off as a journalism major this is a travisity, Blaming sony when it was made by valve and then saying sony is passing the buck is terrible. 

this guy took offense to what is a throw away line is crazy. 
#60 Posted by FireBurger (1555 posts) -

It's a joke. People need to get tougher skin.
#61 Posted by laserbolts (5507 posts) -
God I hate people.
#62 Posted by Yanngc33 (4551 posts) -
@PrimeSynergy said:
It's a slow news week obviously. In any case, if they found Portal 2 offensive, I would love to sit them down in front of 75% of the comedians out there today.
As if, it's not a slow news week. The director of the IMF just got accused of raping a maid in a Sofitel in NYC and he's pleading not guilty. They could focus on that and the nice weather instead of reporting on a moment of a videogame that "offended" a dad that just really wanted to be on TV. This type of reporting is pathetic
#63 Posted by sagesebas (2325 posts) -
@liquidmatt: I don't think it's that bad, and they are free to say stuff like that because like you said it's comedy. But if you've known someone who is adopted, a lot of the times it can be a pretty traumatic experience, and would certainly make a situation awkward.
#64 Posted by Arker101 (1484 posts) -

It's a joke that someone took way to seriously. I feel trolled.

#65 Edited by codyanne (30 posts) -

What he should have done is to have played the game through first before letting his daughter play, and if he didn't like it... then don't let her play it (although I am glad that he was playing through it with her, as time these days is a precious commodity - that he cared enough to play with her and pay attention - he sounds like a great dad). Also, I don't understand how the game was "billed as educational" - I mean, I do understand why he feels the way he feels but, not all puzzle games are meant to be educational.  I don't remember any advertisements claiming the game would be a great learning tool for kids - maybe I missed it?
I understand why he feels that way, but if you look at the big picture... you (Chel the orphan) ultimately win the game, no?  So... why complain when the character is triumphing through such adversity?  Shouldn't that be commended?  He says that they like the rest of the game - well, Wheatly is a moron (stated often in the game) - perhaps he should be offended that someone is essentially being called retarded?  Or maybe he should be offended that the character/player is being called a fatty?  Why not be offended that to Cave, homeless people = guinea pigs?  Where are the people up in arms about Glados' mean spirit in general - I mean, she's trying to murder you!  That's way worse than being taunted by a mentally handicapped robot.

Also, @slightconfuse: The word is 'travesty,' and it's really not that bad.  Yeah, she didn't do her research, but it is what it is.  They're still getting hits, no?

It's just sad that people get offended so easily.  I understand the need for sensitivity in many situations, but it's a video game.  Free speech should rule here - is it nice?  No, but at no point should anyone have ever thought that Portal was going to bequeath you with unicorns and rainbows.
#66 Posted by Meowshi (2917 posts) -
@august said:
@Meowshi said:
Well, that dude sure is lame.  

At least his daughter won't inherit his lameness through genes.  
Quality post.
#67 Posted by codyanne (30 posts) -
@ShaggE said:
Sneak preview of GLaDOS's lines in Portal 3:

"Oh, you're adopted, just like my last test subject! Nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it should be a source of pride! You're special, and I am rooting for you."

"I must say, you are looking wonderful today! We can test if you want, but only if you're up to it."

"This test chamber was going to be lined with turrets, but that's far too dangerous. So I lined it with unicorn murals instead."

Ending song: "You're Adopted (And That's Okay)"
Haha, thanks for the laugh!
#68 Posted by harvey_the_pooka (285 posts) -

This is so stupid it angers me... why is nobody whining about Pokemon that those poor poor animals are kept in a tiny little ball. That´s animal cruelty!!!! 
Also Portal 2 makes fun of potatoes too... nobody complained about that. Sometimes I wonder why I want to move back to the U.S...

#69 Posted by cstrang (2362 posts) -

People are too sensitive about bullshit these days.  It was a fucking joke.  This is along the same lines as people getting offended when you wish them a Merry Christmas.

#70 Edited by hoossy (1063 posts) -

good comedy always offends someone.  

#71 Posted by CarpetRemnant (392 posts) -

There is absolutely no way that guy was playing through that game with his daughter if that was the first time he heard a comment about adoption. That adoption joke is a callback to the other adoption jokes. I bet her and her brother were happily on their own playing it and he happened to be in the room at that exact moment and turned off the PS3. 
Where, exactly, is that game being billed as educational or 'for kids'? E for Everyone means EVERYONE. I love that they create controversy about the adoption jokes and then put the caption 'Adoption Controversy' up like it wasn't them that just created the controversy. Dicks.

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