In a surprisingly fair and balanced article, the accurate and reliable news services of FOX in America (hey, if they can lie, I can too, right?) have made the claim that upcoming title ‘Bulletstorm’ is part of a gaming-trend responsible for an increase in instances of rape…
FOX makes this association through their mouthpiece Carol Leiberman, a moral-compass-for-hire. After referencing some titles of Bulletstorm’s Skill-Shots like ‘Gag Reflex’, ‘Rear Entry’, ‘Drilldo’ and ‘Mile High Club’, she states;
The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), an American charity that supports victims of rape and sexual assault, tells us that the number of sexual assaults has fallen in recent years. So not only are Ms Leiberman’s comments utterly baseless, they’re ignorantly dismissive of the real and pervasive issues that drive deviant behaviour.
FOX sought further ‘expert’ opinion and talked to Dr. Jerry Weichman, a clinical psychologist who stated;
If a younger kid experiences Bulletstorm’s explicit language and violence, the damage could be significant
Weichman also added;
Violent video games like Bulletstorm have the potential to send the message that violence and insults with sexual innuendos are the way to handle disputes and problems
I know that soon after playing the Bulletstorm demo when a female colleague said hello to me the next day, I asked her if she would let me ‘slip my paper into her in-tray’ then leashed-banged her through the ceiling … so the guy definitely has a point.
If you consider the massive amount of titles that allow sexual assault or player-driven sex-scenes, like, um…GTA’s Hot Coffee… or maybe God of War… it’s a wonder we’re not all forcibly stuffing our Move and Wii controllers up the jacksie’s of our gaming friends.
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