Epic Says Fox News “Probably” Helped Bulletstorm Sales, Thanks Other Journalists

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COMMANDER_COOK

I think Bulletstorm is a rip off of Timesplitters.

I REALLY want to see another Timesplitters.

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macumber

Nathan is in a journalism role which allows him to both report and editorialize. "This game is beautiful" vs. "This game is coming out in two weeks".

I don't read Nathan for his reporting. I read him for his awesome humor, sarcasm and apparent love for gaming.

I don't assume Nathan has an axe to grind with any particular media outlet. Most of my friends who write, speak, sing for a living would defend another's said rights much more passionately than the layperson.

It could be he was just reporting on yet another media attack on gaming and rightfully points-out that Fox News runs those kinds of stories (as do others including the NYT). Fox has a large audience and they are going to get outsized attention when they run this type of story.

I agree with the other posters who ask that we keep things civil - and keep opinions on politics and religion from poisoning our common interest in gaming and technology.

But as far as I am concerned, Nathan Grayson can-and-should write about what he wants, how he wants . If we don't like it, we can read something else - and it will be our loss.

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used_to_be_the7...

Back when Will Smith was in charge, there were a few Bush/Fox Bashing articles.  All discenting views from his were deleted and they were slammed as being political "this is a tech website, not a political one".  So maybe this is a step forward.  At least they don't delete all the counterpoint posters, though I still can't figure out how there isn't enough to write about besides politics. 

Stick to the 1's and 0's, and forget about making a political statement.

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Veedek

I don't get it.  Where is the political statement?  Just because it mentions Fox "News" it's a political piece?  It seems Fox "News" fans protest too much when their propaganda outlet is criticized for anything, even things that have nothing to do with politics.  I guess it's a sign that deep down everyone, even Fox fans, know what Fox is really all about.  When anyone mentions anything that has to do with Fox, it must be a political piece.  When Fox is criticized for anything they do, the critic must have a liberal agenda because nobody else could possibly have a reason to criticize the holy dispenser of "fairness and balance".

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used_to_be_the7...

Did you see the piece that preceded this one?  Pretty clear it was political.  When was the last time you saw CNBC, MSNBC or the like mentioned in an story here?  Can't recall.  You think Fox is the only one that runs goofy things like this?  For all I know they did it just to help out the economy.

The point is, lets move on to some 1's and 0's

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Lipman42

Bottom line.  If the government is stupid enough to jump into the "no violence in video games allowed" arguement then they better also say no violence in Movies.  Because the same "9 year olds" can watch the NC 17 or R rated DVDs simply by putting them in the player.  So if you want to protect our children maybe the parents should be fined fined.  Or better yet, start getting schools to report on children who say they have seen movies or played games with violence then the police can arrest the parents.

Oh and while we are at it, arrest any child that has seen any episode of Two and a half men because of the sexual suggestions in that show.  Oh and anyone that has seen Charlie sheen rant on TV.  Let's get this snowball rolling!  Gov't control of everything!

Oh no, I think I was possessed by the gov't.  I blame jakeson for all of this.

 

 

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jakeson

You lazy tool.  You didn't read or even post a link to the original article. 

I cannot find the words to express the depth of my disgust for this type of "reporting"

Both sides do it and you, Nathan, are in a race to the bottom. Even if Fox News gets there first, you'll be right on their a$$ 

MPC this is maximum B.S. Please get back to the high standards that made me follow you for a decade. There are plenty of political hack "news" outlets. We don't need any more! 

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jakeson

Is Bulletstorm the Worst Video Game in the World?By John BrandonPublished February 08, 2011 FoxNews.comParents had better beware: There's a Bulletstorm on the horizon.In the new video game Bulletstorm due February 22, players are rewarded for shooting enemies in the private parts (such as the buttocks). There’s an excess of profanity, of course, including frequent use of F-words. And Bulletstorm is particularly gruesome, with body parts that explode all over the screen. But that's not the worst part. The in-game awards system, called Skill Shots, ties the ugly, graphic violence into explicit sex acts: "topless" means cutting a player in half, while a "gang bang" means killing multiple enemies. And with kids as young as 9 playing such games, the experts FoxNews.com spoke with were nearly universally worried that video game violence may be reaching a fever pitch.“If a younger kid experiences Bulletstorm's explicit language and violence, the damage could be significant,” Dr. Jerry Weichman, a clinical psychologist at the Hoag Neurosciences Institute in Southern California, told FoxNews.com. “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,” Weichman said.Carole Lieberman, a psychiatrist and book author, told FoxNews.com that sexual situations and acts in video games -- highlighted so well in Bulletstorm -- have led to real-world sexual violence. 
“The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games,” she said. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), rates all video games as a guide for parents; each game carries a letter-label at retail (T for Teen, M for Mature) and an online-only summary. Lieberman and others say it's useless, because it isn't enforced at retail.Video game advocates say the existing warning system works fine: Parents are responsible for deciding whether their kids can play games, not the government. Epic, the game developer, did not respond to FoxNews.com's requests. But game publisher Electronic Arts released the following statement: "Bulletstorm has been given an "M" rating by the ESRB, and we have adhered to all their guidelines in regards to the marketing and promotion of Bulletstorm."More important, defenders argue that games with excessive violence and sexual content simply don't sell well.“Games without sufficient quality of gameplay -- games that include highly objectionable violent or sexual content -- often pump up the level of this kind of content to gain media attention. This tactic typically fails, as can be seen in the poor sales performance of titles such as BMX XXX and Postal,” said Billy Pidgeon, a video game analyst with M2 Research.The most common response is that, in the U.S., game makers have the right to produce violent content. If the government restricts games they would have to further restrict all media.Penalizing store clerks There might be a simple way to address the problem: penalties for selling violent games to kids.This year, the Supreme Court will make a landmark decision about video-game violence. A California law now makes it illegal for a merchant to sell a Mature-rated game to a minor; the law imposes a $1,000 fine. But the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has sued to overturn the law.“Between a great ratings system, parental controls on the consoles and the major retailers inhibiting the sale of Mature-rated games to minors, the matter is really one for parents and adults to consider, individually,” Hal Halpin, the president of the similar Entertainment Consumers Association, told FoxNews.com. “I respect the creative rights of game developers to make a game like Bulletstorm in the same way that I appreciate Quentin Tarantino's right to make over-the-top movies like Kill Bill."Melanie Killen, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Maryland who has pushed for laws that govern the sale of video games, disagrees that the ESRB rating system is working. She says 9-year-olds are playing games like Bulletstorm and that there is no real enforcement. The FCC monitors all TV broadcasts and stiffly fines broadcasters for violating decency rules, yet there are no penalties in place for retailers who sell violent games to kids.“The marketing is clearly aimed at children and young adolescents,” Killen said. “Politicians were organizing efforts to address violent video games prior to the presidential election but got distracted by the election. It is time for senators and representatives to come back to the issue.”Are the warnings enough? To be fair, the online-only ESRB warning for Bulletstorm does spell out the objectionable content -- and even that is too graphic to reproduce entirely. Here's an excerpt:The dialogue contains numerous jokes and comments that reference sexual acts, venereal diseases, and having sex with one's mother (e.g., "Guess I know where the ol' gal got that limp."). The names of some Skillshots are infused with sexual innuendo (e.g., Gag Reflex, Rear Entry, Drilldo, Mile High Club); one Skillshot (i.e., Fire in the Hole) allows players to shoot at enemies' exposed buttocks.”Video game publishers traditionally stay glib about the issue of violence. Microsoft, maker of the Xbox 360 console, declined to comment. Epic Games did not respond to requests, and the developer did not respond. Remi Sklar, the vice president of Public Relations at Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, which makes numerous video games (though is unconnected to Bulletstorm), offered the following statement: “We don’t have a comment for that story.”In the end, those who don’t see a problem with Bulletstorm praise the game for being innovative.
“One thing that tends to be ignored is that if Bulletstorm consisted solely of beating people up, it wouldn't be fun to play,” said Hal Levy with the National Youth Rights Association. 
“It's been praised for encouraging innovative thinking. Bulletstorm involves developing new moves and dispatching of enemies creatively. Plenty of emotionally unstable adults will play the game and they’ll be fine,” he said.

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