Mass Media & Mass Effect

by alphamonkey on January 25, 2008 · 11 comments

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Dear Mainstream Media:

Please, please, please stop talking about video games. In any way, shape or form. Forever.


Would you like to know why? So we never have to deal with Fox News trying to wrap it’s square brain around a game like Mass Effect ever again:

I know it’s so effin’ mind blowing that a video game might have sexual content (’cause apparently Leisure Suit Larry never actually happened), but c’mon now! L.A. Law had more alien sex* than Mass Effect. (It also had more Corbin Bernsen and Harry Hamlin, which immediately elevates above Mass Effect as entertainment, but regardless) Mainstream media, please stop embarrassing yourselves like this. Granted, Fox News shouldn’t be considered anything other than the smacked on the head with a large hammer version of news commentary, but you have to love how Geoff Knightley (who qualifies as a certifiable expert in this regard, especially compared to his ‘opposition’) tries very hard to dial down the hysteria, only to be summarily ignored in favor of said hysteria.

Oh, for the record: Here’s that tamer than tame sex scene. I’m surprised North America hasn’t just exploded in an erotic frenzy of death over this, how about you?

*If you don’t think that Susan Dey is a Sleestak, you’re insane.

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  • Scaramouch

    Not to disagree with your opinion, but this might be a better link to include:

    Just to give the full picture. Still pretty tame, but not quite AS tame.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Fair enough, but that’s still way, way, way tamer than the office sex scene in last week’s Nip/Tuck (by a wide margin). ZOMG! TV’s are already in our homes, and they don’t ask if you’re 17 when you change the channel!

  • Wellis

    and doesn’t fox news show more nudity and pointless explicit coverage (or lack thereof) of non news stories?

    seriously fox seriously is the daily mail in tv format (daily mail is the paper equivalent of the goober grandpa who stares at young women and is entirely almost racist and almost homophobic and almost ageist and anti fat and anti skinny and anti… you get the message)

  • MavMurdoc

    I just love how at the end of the video the last guy says, “The government doesn’t have the right to censor what is coming through the web and video games. It is up to parents to watch over what their children get involved with.” Then the main anchor says, “Yea, that is unfortunate, because it makes being a parent really hard.”

    I could rant on those two sentences for hours, but I think they pretty much speak for themselves.

  • .alphamonkey.

    I think I need a t-shirt that says ‘Video Games Make Being a Parent Really Hard. (with an obligatory frowny face)’

  • MavMurdoc

    I’m sure talking about this clip is like beating a dead horse (where did that saying come from anyway?), but Lawrence also said that sex has a desensitizing affect on young people. Sounds like she is saying that if children are exposed to sex at such a young age that they will grow up to be sexual deviants (I know. I’m probably taking that to a bit of an extreme but bear with me). If that is true, then I’d love to hear her explain how Europe has a lower sex crime rate than America when you can walk down the street and see naked women on every other billboard advertising something (I know this for a fact. I lived in Italy for 2 years).

    I just think that its amazing that people seem to thing that if we teach children that sex, a completely natural part of human behavior, is bad, then they will grow up to be sexually healthy individuals. NO! Teaching children that sex is bad and to feel guilty for having sexual feelings is only going to lead them to feel sexually alienated as adults.

    I want to keep going, but I have a feeling that I’m just rambling now. I’ve been sick for the past 4 days, so forgive me if this reads like a crazy person on Nyquil (even though that is a pretty accurate description of me at the moment).

  • NapalmRain

    They are COMPLETELY OBLIVIOUS when it comes to parental controls. I set up my friends entertainment system a few weeks ago to update for HD it took us a whole 10 min to decide & setup ALL the parental controls, now her kids can’t watch much else other than the kids channels & only like half the stuff on History/Discovery… options, not only for the general rating Y, Y-7, T… etc. they also have what IN that rating to block. for instance Cartoon network has the full range of cartoons, if you dont want the kids to watch the kung-fu/shooting/fighting ones, you can block “Y-7 FV” (fantasy violence) but it still allows the other ones rated Y-7 without the fantasy violence tag.

    “…and unless you’re hovering over them every second they’re going to find ways to see this stuff on the interenet” …wait… weren’t we talking about the Mass Effect video game on the “SE”Xbox? …jackasses can’t seem to stick to the topic, I’ve heard more intelligent conversation from high school kids. Its disgusting that this drivel is what the U.S. decides is “news”

  • .alphamonkey.

    Now, now. The US certainly has no lock on the ‘omg, this is NEWS!?’ market. And remember: It was Fox. That can’t count as news.

  • elkciN

    I am wondering exactly how factually incorrect a news program can be, yet still be called ‘News’.

    It seems like false advertising.

    Is there any way I could sue them, maybe make some easy money?

  • connor

    that is bullshit…. it doesnt show any private parts…boobs… anything…and you dont get to decide what happens when they are doing it. it is just a cut scene… fox news needs to get their facts down….

  • alex


    They’re using… MASS EFFECT? For THIS ARGUEMENT???

    Have they never even heard of god of war…

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