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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fox News proves yet again they are idiots

(I'm having trouble posting the embedded video, so here's a link just in case.)

I REALLY hate it when people who don't know what they are talking about start yammering on like they are experts just because they have some fancy title. 

I haven't played Mass Effect yet, but I'm sure at some point I will.  Yet, I do believe what Geoff said about there not being full nudity in the game.  If for no other reason than the fact that everyone else admitted they'd never played the game AND they got some of their other "facts" wrong. 

At one point the annoying psychologist woman says, "...look at the statistics, who's playing video games but adolescent males, not their dads." -- The average age of video gamers is somewhere between 26 and 33, depending on who's data you're looking at.  More women over the age of 18 play video games than the number of boys between the ages of 6 to 17 2.

Although, I did agree with one point made (I think Geoff brings it up first) -- parents need to be educated about video games and be smart enough to not let their young children have access to games with content above their maturity level.  If a video game is rated M for Mature, then it's basically the same as an R rating on a movie.  The argument that once they are in the house, the kids will play them also applies to movies as well as adult magazines.  If I own the DVD of Saw or the latest issue of Hustler, I better make damn sure that my young children can't get to them.  Parents need to understand that concept for all forms of media and be aware of what their children have access to.  More importantly, parents need to have a good connection with their children and be interested and aware of their lives in general so that when they do encounter violent and/or sexual images, the parents can have an open conversation with their kids so they have the tools in place to put those images within the correct context. 

1. http://www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
2. http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php

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