Yaba Yaba

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Sex, games and using

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Couldn't say it better myself:

At a time when we're told by the industry that the average gamers are pushing 30 rather than 13 how is it that a pair of bare naked breasts and the thought of hardcore sex got more people riled up about Grand Theft Auto than the fact that is one of the most reprehensively violent games out there?

Actually, this has nothing to do with games. Stand on a street corner and shout: 'kill! kill! kill!' see if anyone gives a toss. No turn around and switch to fuck! fuck! fuck!.

And as Gena notes, when it comes to porn, it's users, as in heroin. I mean, no one would say 'beer users'.

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Written by yishaym

April 3, 2006 at 10:38 am

Posted in games, gaming, sex

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  1. Can’t agree with the article. The article makes the (often-made) argument that our approach to videogames is OK because violence is acceptable, but sex and nudity are not. To do that, it’s really ignoring at least a decade of controversy surrounding violence in videogames. He seems to have forgotten that long before the “Hot Coffee” incident, GTA was one of the most controversial games of all time.

    The reinvigoration of the argument by Hot Coffee is more a legal artifact than a moral one: There is an instrument in place to ban/restrict pornography by way of the obscenity doctrine. There is no analogue for violence. (We can argue whether or not that phenomenon is indicative of our attitudes about violence, but it is at least a separate debate).

    In other words, it’s not that Hot Coffee offended so many, but that it made it an easier target for grandstanding politicians who had been loudly opposed to the game for some time.

    eudaimo

    April 3, 2006 at 10:09 pm

  2. True. the article is somewhat distortive in that sense. But what bugs me more is the dual standard pervailing in our culture: violence is tolarated, sex is not. I have to admit, I’m not a heavy consumer of either. But if you ask me what I find more harmfull to society, and to my own children? Violence, whithout a doubt.

    Yes, I do think the legal system, as well as the media, refelct the values of our society. I still think the question is valid: why is graphicaly blowing a prostitute’s head off OK (bad taste at worst), and seeing her bare body obscene?

    yishaym

    April 4, 2006 at 11:27 am

  3. Yes it is distortive. However everyone have our own views ont this..

    Game Engine

    April 4, 2006 at 12:38 pm


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