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Op Ed

MCV - What to do with 'media bullshit'.
And let's not be mistaken this sleeplessness story is a stupid as they come. Games aren't making kids sleepy. Parents' inability to enforce discipline with their kids is. Gaming's just the scapegoat. As it always is.

But at the same time we have to acknowledge that The Sun, The Daily Mail and many other media outlets (and I won't completely absolve MCV from responsibility here) sometimes write things because they know other people will react to it, write about it and link to it.

Den of Geek - Why videogames haven't grown up yet: sex. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
It's often said that, compared to television and film, the videogame medium is in its infancy, a mere pup compared to the elder statesmen of visual entertainment. The immaturity of videogames can be forgiven because, in essence, they're at that difficult teenage stage, obsessed with bodily fluids and naked flesh. But is that fair, or is it a get-out-of-jail card that's played a little too often by an industry that doesn't want to accept its limitations?

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7. Re: Op Ed Mar 10, 2011, 00:01 Jerykk
 
The reason why games haven't grown up is because publishers are afraid of the ESRB. This is why you almost never see infants, children or pregnant women and if you do, you have an absolute minimum of interaction with them. This is why you never play as a Nazi, communist, terrorist or anyone with anti-American sentiment. This is why taboo subjects like rape and incest are rarely explored.

In addition, mainstream games are expensive to make so videogame developers and publishers are obsessed with appealing to the widest possible audience. Profound, cerebral and slow-paced games that focus on the nature of humanity don't sell 10 million units. A game where you play as a jew trying to help your family escape the Germans during WW2 could make for a compelling and mature experience. However, it's much easier to just make Medal of Honor 11 or Call of Duty 2012.
 
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6. Re: Op Ed Mar 9, 2011, 19:16 reisub
 
I don't think games can do sex right until we have the peripherals. Logitech are missing a trick.  
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5. Re: Op Ed Mar 9, 2011, 17:22 ASJD
 
It's not like many movies, television shows, or even novels handle sex in an at all mature way either.

I say you might as well be immature, because pretentious maturity with sex is far more annoying.

Bring on the bouncing anime boobies.
 
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4. Re: Op Ed Mar 9, 2011, 14:39 Suddenly_Dead
 
Singlehandedly winning a war with a game controller seems pretty ridiculous too.  
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3. Re: Op Ed Mar 9, 2011, 12:22 space captain
 
recent sex in games: god of war 3, heavy rain .. both of which had quick time events leading to orgasm - do a counterclockwise swirl, and so forth  
Go forth, and kill!
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2. Re: Op Ed Mar 9, 2011, 11:34 Kajetan
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 9, 2011, 11:17:
Sex in games? Why?
Why not?
 
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1. Re: Op Ed Mar 9, 2011, 11:17 Cutter
 
Media bullshit! Ooh a swear word! Stick it to the man!

Sex in games? Why?
 
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