Anyone else watch SportsCenter's look at sports-related video games this past week? Overall, I'd say it was a pretty even-handed overview on the video game industry and its' influence on the sports world (Ray Lewis plays seven hours a day? Dang!), but I did get a little steamed up while viewing Thursday's "episode", the one about violence in sports games.
Specifically, I'm talking about the mother that they interviewed for the segment, and her thoughts on what's "wrong" with "MLB Slugfest" and the fact that her kid enjoys playing it ... Now I will freely admit, I had no idea that games such as "MLB Slugfest" and "Ballerz" were rated "E" because (quite frankly) I don't think they're for everyone, so I will agree that the ESRB and the games' developers dropped the ball on this one in regards to having these games be accessible to kids. However, some of the stuff this woman was saying sounded (in my opinion) just plain wrong.
For example, there were three comments in particular (and I'm paraphrasing here from memory, but they pretty much capture the essence of her statements) that really burned me up :
(1) "This is the first time I've seen this game ... and I am shocked."
Okay, this is the classic scenario brought up by gaming proponents whenever anyone harps about the negative effect that video games have upon younger players ... The clueless parent who just plunks his/her kid down in front of the TV and allows them to play whatever they want (without supervision of any kind) so long as the whiny brats are out of his/her hair. And here it is in real life!
Again, I could see where the mother might get the impression that she has nothing to worry about "MLB Slugfest" (although having the word "Slugfest" in the title should have brought up SOME kind of red flag to her) since it was rated "E", but she still should have had some kind of exposure to the game before buying it for her kid; I mean geez, do some research or something before giving something to your kid, lady ... although the look on her face when the kid said "I like punching people" as Derek Jeter bowled into third base was pretty priceless
(2) "Does he know you can't attack other players? Does he realize you can't use violence?"
Well gee, lady, since the kid is sitting right next to you as he's playing why don't you just ASK HIM YOURSELF INSTEAD OF BITCHING ABOUT IT LATER IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION CAMERA?!? Seriously, how can a parent be so ignorant about her child? Besides, if you sit your kid down at a young age and TELL THEM that violence is wrong and that MAYBE they shouldn't emulate everything they see on a television screen, then maybe it wouldn't be such a big mystery ...
(3) "I think it's inappropriate that Major League Baseball would put its stamp of approval on a game that doesn't accurately reflect the sport ... "
Again, what I think is inappropriate around here is the fact that a parent could be so in the dark about what her kid is doing with his spare time ...
So, we have a woman here who (1) doesn't watch her kid while he's playing video games, (2) doesn't know if her son thinks "violence is okay" or not, and (3) wants to complain about Major League Baseball rather than take responsibility for her own negligence ... And ESPN thinks this is the PERFECT person to give TV time to air out her grievances; wonderful.
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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.
"But if he plays a character where I will eventually be given the option to murder in some macabre fashion then I am all for it." (SeVen ™)
Oh, I saw that one. That game didn't hop off the shelf and inch its way over to her house. Someone had to buy that game for her kid. And if it's her, then come ON. Quit bitching and start BEING A FUCKING PARENT. >:( Typical media response nowadays, don't call a spade a spade. -_-
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Originally posted by ekedolphinWell, ESPN is the same company that thought producing “Playmakers” was a good idea. And they had a lot of stuff on that show that you won't even see in videogames.
Hey, Playmakers was pretty good. And ESPN made it VERY clear that it was for a mature audience. As for the videogame thing, I didn't see it, but it's typical. The parent blames the company and MLB instead of taking control his/herself.
Should Slugfest be rated E? Probably not. But different kids can handle things in different ways, and it's the responsibility of parents to decide what their kids can play/watch/do at certain ages.
And drjayphd? It's not the media's fault that this woman is a bad parent.
... so I've been a sucker for the hype. I wanted to check out how the concept of "a character steps out of a scene in the movie and into a scene in the video game" translated, so I picked this up today from EB.