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I’ll be on Fox and Friends this Saturday morning (05/21) to defend the position that video games are a valid form of art and are worthy of NEA grants. Any suggestions/points you’d like me to cover?(r/gaming)
Their claims went beyond just breast sizes. The segment claimed that you could control the actual sex scene, down to positions- they began rattling off all sorts of lewd acts that never ever show up in the 30-second videos. Geoff Keighley, a Canadian games journalist, was brought on to defend games, while Fox brought on an author by the name of Cooper Lawrence to bash Mass Effect.
The entire segment was a sham. Keighley wasn’t allowed to debate any of the ridiculous arguments that Lawrence made. His very first question to her- “Have you played this game?”- was met with a scoff. As if they should actually know anything about the game that they’re discussing. Keighley’s remarks were ignored and belittled by the newscasters, who ended the sad excuse for a debate after a few minutes to have a roundtable discussion about how much they missed playing Pacman.
After the video aired, gamers were naturally pissed off. A major AAA game was being slandered on national television, and none of the staff seemed to care. A ton of people went online to find Cooper Lawrence’s books on Amazon to bomb the reviews as a form of protest. It should be worth noting the book titles themselves: “Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets” is one of them. Not exactly a tome of virtue, is it?
The review bombings got some notice from mainstream and gaming press, and EA ended up sending a press release asking Fox to correct their statements. Some time afterwards, Cooper Lawrence admitted that Fox had spoonfed her during the segment. Her own words: “Before the show I had asked somebody about what they had heard, and they had said it’s like pornography. But it’s not like pornography. I’ve seen episodes of ‘Lost’ that are more sexually explicit.” Somewhat predictably, Fox never retracted its statement, nor did it even acknowledge that it was incorrect.
And now you know… the rest of the story.