Here’s the interview.
Long story short- Fox News claims that Mass Effect for the XBox360 has “full digital nudity and sex”. Geoff Keighley, video game journalist, has been invited to speak on the show, and tries to set the record straight.
I’ve seen less railroading in a game of Railroad Tycoon. Sheesh- he didn’t stand a chance.
Fox’s “Psychology Specialist” claims that statistics show that the average gamer is an adolescent male… untrue, as the actual average gamer age is 33. She doesn’t stop there- why let the facts get in the way of a good story?
Geoff goes on to explain that the “nudity” is an alien sideboob shot, and the entire sequence lasts less than two minutes out of a *thirty hour *game. That’s less than in a PG-13 movie or on primetime TV, both by actual duration and amount of skin, and by percentage of story. What’s more, it’s not just a “Do you want to have sex?” choice, but rather the culmination of a story… to which the vapid “Psychology Specialist”, again pounding on the adolescent gamer theme, says, “Yeah, right, like the young boys aren’t going to choose to have sex!”
She claims that women are sexually objectified in the game… to which Geoff rebuts that it’s also possible to play as a female in the game. Not surprisingly, she’s never played the game and finds the idea laughable when he asks her if she has.
Amusingly, when she decides to stop listening to him, she dismisses him as “Darlin’”.
When the host cuts Geoff off and goes back to the panel, the consensus is that sex in games is a bad thing, and therefore Mass Effect is evil. :rolleyes:
One member of the panel says that of course the kids are going to come home after school and play Dad’s game… shit, let’s hope Little Precious doesn’t figure out how to switch the channel to Cinemax, or how to pop a DVD in the player! Thankfully, another member of the panel does have the balls to suggest that perhaps it’s not the government’s responsibility to censor games, but rather that it’s the parent’s job.
I suppose it’s true- video games DO encourage violent behavior. I wanted to punch the “expert”, the panel, AND the host right in the face after watching the clip.