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Fox News Brings Video Game Violence Debate To a New Low 421

Fox News took another shot at the video game violence debate earlier this week when they asked whether Bulletstorm, an upcoming M-rated shooter from Epic Games, is the worst game in the world. The article links violent games with an increase in rapes, and suggests there should be greater penalties for selling to minors. Gaming website Rock, Paper, Shotgun breaks down the problems with the article's sensationalist claims and highlights the disingenuous cherry-picking of quotes. "Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global, and all-round industry guru, got in touch with me to show me the answers he submitted to Fox when they approached him for comment. The full answers are reproduced below, because what results is a fantastic interview on the subject of adult game content and regulation. Fox chose to use none of Steinberg’s comments in their final piece, opting instead for the more sensational claims of those with no expertise in the subject (neither of whom have found time to reply to our emails). But seeing these answers also provides further insight into how the mainstream media coverage of gaming stories works. Far from being a reporter ignorant of the subject and twisted by naive contributors, Fox correspondent John Brandon was equipped with a wealth of factual information and informed opinion before composing his frantic article."
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Fox News Brings Video Game Violence Debate To a New Low

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  • by mangu ( 126918 ) on Thursday February 10, 2011 @07:31AM (#35160492)

    The FBI's stats actually show rape is down yet people don't take the time to verify things anymore

    When I was a kid, my mother went to a PTA meeting where the school director (a retired army colonel, BTW) presented police statistics showing a decrease in rape incidents. He interpreted this as an indicator of increased use of marijuana because, according to him, marijuana causes sexual impotence.

    Conclusion: if video games cause rape that's good, because it will decrease drug use, same as piracy decreases global warming.

  • ORLY? (Score:5, Funny)

    by VortexCortex ( 1117377 ) <.moc.edargorter- ... . .xetroCxetroV.> on Thursday February 10, 2011 @08:18AM (#35160736)

    Journalism is ... about ... putting ... very large ... individuals ... on ... Fox

    Or at least ... the ... "sensationalist" or "disingenuous" or "frantic" ... "and all-round" ... "fantastic", ... and ... Using pejorative language to remove someone's credibility without actually engaging with them in debate.

    IMHO, I agree with what you said RE: what passes as "journalism" today.

    People ... opposing ... [r]esearch carried out ... biased name-calling.

  • Re:Great! (Score:5, Funny)

    by jez9999 ( 618189 ) on Thursday February 10, 2011 @09:43AM (#35161282) Homepage Journal

    Hint: There's no such things as bad publicity for computer games.

    How about about "Fox News and Concerned Mothers For America approve of this game"?

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