Fox News Says Bulletstorm Could Make You a Rapist

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Fox News Says Bulletstorm Could Make You a Rapist

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Fox News is warning parents about the impending release of Bulletstorm in a report alleging that videogames are actually responsible for an increase in the incidence of rape. (No, I am not making this up.)

In all fairness, Bulletstorm is not the poster child for videogames that don't make parents nervous. The new shooter from People Can Fly and Epic bills itself as the only game in which you can blow off a man's bunghole, after all. Shockingly, that's what caught the attention of Fox News, which is warning parents that the game's "Skill Shots," with names like "Topless" and "Gang Bang," conflate extreme violence with explicit sex acts that its experts say can cause serious damage to young minds.

"If a younger kid experiences Bulletstorm's explicit language and violence, the damage could be significant," said Dr. Jerry Weichman of the Hoag Neurosciences Institute in Southern California. "Violent videogames like Bulletstorm have the potential to send the message that violence and insults with sexual innuendos are the way to handle disputes and problems."

And if that's not alarmist enough for you, psychologist and author Carol Lieberman took it one step further, directly blaming videogames for a rise in sexual violence. "The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in videogames," she said.

That's right: The incidence of rape is going up and it's all the fault of videogames. The game industry is complicit, according to the report, because of its insistence on the same First Amendment rights enjoyed by other media, which it uses as a smokescreen to sell its products to kids.

"The marketing is clearly aimed at children and young adolescents," said Professor Melanie Killen of the University of Maryland. She claimed that the ESRB is a failure because there is no enforcement of ratings, noting that while the FCC monitors television broadcasts and levies fines against those who violate decency regulations, there are no such penalties for selling violent games to kids.

"Politicians were organizing efforts to address violent videogames prior to the presidential election but got distracted by the election," she added. "It is time for senators and representatives to come back to the issue."

Of course, the truth is that the ESRB can impose fines of up to $1 million on publishers who jerk their ratings process around, but it's probably not reasonable to expect Fox to let facts get in the way of a good story. Like, say, the fact that FBI statistics show that the rate of forcible rape has actually declined over the past two decades (along with virtually all other violent crime rates) or that FTC studies have repeatedly shown that videogame ratings have a significantly higher rate of compliance than any other entertainment medium on the market. None of these facts are in question, yet Fox continues to ignore them. Is it just making this stuff up as it goes?

In other news, Bill O'Reilly still isn't sure where the moon came from.

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Well I've always wanted to break into a new career.

Fox News is both informative and intelligent.

See, I can make shit up too.

Well if videogames aren't the cause of violence, tell me where it comes from.

You can't can you?

OT: Been there, done that.

I've been waiting with BATED BREATH for Fox to get their hands on Bulletstorm.

They did not disappoint. ;D

Just because I don't agree with such a disreputable news group from having such a large audience, doesn't mean I agree with such violent video games having a large audience. There are so many other things we could use game engines for apart from depiction of guns and boobs.

Warning, Parental Advisory:

Prolonged exposure to any FOX programming can and will make you an insufferable imbecile over time.

On the topic of the origin of the moon, newest, highly scientific researches have proven, at least according to Mr. O'Reilly, that the moon was in fact build by the NASA, then sent back via time travel, just to have some place to shoot Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to.

Folks, we absolutely encourage making this shit up.

lol i like the article tags but fox news and lies should really only be one tag :P

Some guy on the forum beat you to it. Here ill quote myself!

gigastar:
Latest on the Fox News shit machine...

Sexual content and violence in games!
Focusing on Bulletstorm when there are dozens, possibly hundreds of other, better examples in both the sex and violence are even more extreme. We even had a great one less than two weeks ago.

Oh Fox, why wont you just live up to your name and be shot by professional hunters and mauled by dogs already?

Afterthought: Wonder what its going to be like when theyre choking on Duke Nukem Forever.... pfffffFFFFFFffft

Remember guys, some games are Rated M for Manly.

Woodsey:
Fox News is both informative and intelligent.

See, I can make shit up too.

You sir, are in a great position to become the new head of Fox. All they need is a signed form, admission fee, and your dignity.

Woodsey:
Fox News is both informative and intelligent.

See, I can make shit up too.

BURN!

OT: I love how even though Fox blantently ignores fact, they still expect people to take them seriously. And the sad thing is, there are people who are stupid enough to.

I personally can't wait until the gaming generation takes over politics and the media. At least then this uninformed dribble will shut the hell up.

Ah, Faux News strikes again.

Fox News is the only news channel I can agree with on an editorial stance. And it's run by fucktards.

Y'know what, I think I may as well just kill myself.

Yay, another thread on the topic for me to comment on.
*clears throat*

Suck out my farts and die, FoxNews.

Lol i'm glad they're all the way over in America, that much stupidity from one channel seems disquieting

Took them long enough. I was starting to get worried.
I wonder what will they say about Duke Nukem Forever?

That chick is right about one thing though, M or 18 rated games should not be played by minors - thats the bottom line. But all the other claims are just typical FOX NEWS bullshit. Stupid right wingers and tea baggers.

Well fox, you guys are just as stupid as I thought. Good luck making your selves look foolish, again, just like you did with Mass Effect. Here is one thing I have to address. THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR IRRESPONSIBLE PARENTS WHO LET 9 YEAR OLD KIDS PLAY M RATED GAMES!!

Who has got time to rape with all this gaming to be done? Seriously i've only got so much time to finish playing every game in existence before skyrim comes out.

Oh GOD, if they got this idiotic over Bulletstorm, I can't wait to see what happens when Duke Nukem Forever comes out.

like I said in my last post on this subject

Golem239:

so pretty much fox news has called every gamer that played a game with sex scenes in it a dirty rapist

so yeah

The Wykydtron:
Lol i'm glad they're all the way over in America, that much stupidity from one channel seems disquieting

uhh, can you help dilute the stupid. It seems to have concentrated in the southern part of our nation.....HELP!

Lol. Fox News..... Just lol.

Andy Chalk:

In other news, Bill O'Reilly still isn't sure where the moon came from.

Oh snap! XD

OT: meh, usual Fox's scare mongering, nobody outside of America really takes Fox seriously anyways, we generally just point and laugh at the silly Americans and their silly ways :P

I played the Bulletstorm demo and felt ashamed for playing it.
My impression was that it was like watching a drooling retarded child who has been told to run around and chant a curse word at an inappropriate time.
Yeah I got a cheap laugh out of it but afterwards I had to pick up a book in hopes of undoing some of the damage I feared had been done to my brain.

Bulletstorm is stupid and its stupidity is beyond words, which is saying a lot because my tolerance for stupidity is really quite high, I have 2 younger brothers and one of my favorite games is House of the Dead: Overkill.

I honestly don't care most of the time what FOX news says, But I am worried that the controversy will end up making the game sell more copies, But oh well maybe the inevitable Bulletstorm-shitstorm will take some of the heat away from Duke Nukem Forever (A game I'm looking forward to) which by what I have seen opens with Duke receiving Fellatio while playing an Xbox ......... outstanding (^_^)

Edit: I did however feel that Bulletstorm had some very homo-erotic overtones. like when I was told to guide my "Foot up someones Poo Passage" and I thought to myself "WOW!! big muscle bound men doing things to other mens "Poo Passage" thats kind of gay."

Note: I mean no disrespect to ANY gay people and am only making an observation.
Also my gay friend Chris agrees with me (^_^)

MrSnugglesworth:
Well if videogames aren't the cause of violence, tell me where it comes from.

You can't can you?

Violence has been around since even before man has. It's "Cause" is still a mystery, but allow me to speculate.

Anger, hatred, greed, and fear. Four of some of the oldest emotions, and some of the most dangerous.

I wouldn't be surprised if this was part of Bulletstorm's marketing campaign.

I repeat my (very dignified and thought out) response from the other thread about this: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Anarchemitis:
There are so many other things we could use game engines for apart from depiction of guns and boobs.

But why would we when we can have guns and boobs? Seems like a waste of effort to me.

I love how Lieberman says the increase in rapes is gaming's fault as if rising rape rates were a given and we've just now uncovered the cause. It's amazing how terrible you can make something sound when you're willing to twist the truth into something completely unrecognizable.

SlainPwner666:
Violence has been around since even before man has. It's "Cause" is still a mystery

Species 1: Hi! Would you like to be friends and pick some flowers with me?
Species 2: RAWR! HULK SMASH!

One of these two species will continue procreating and expanding while the other will not. Can you tell which it is?

Fox news <------------> the point, looks like another point fox news missed. The game has a rating of M for lets guess Mature right? I mean here we go again with them bitching about a violent game thats totally no meant for little kids in the first place hence the M rating, so maybe they should say this: parents fail at monitoring thier childrens games or fail at paying any attention to the rating on a game to see if its suitable for thier children, then blame the companies that make and sell the game. I swear fox news needs to stfu already.

Ah People Can Fly. I think I'll go play Painkiller now while laughing at Fox News now.

Now to see what Fox says avout Duke Nukem..........

Andy Chalk:
And if that's not alarmist enough for you

Not nearly alarmist enough Mr Chalk, Ah'm puttin' on ma sunday suit and gonna have me a good ol' fashion game burnin'!!

Seriously though this shit is pure advertising gold for a game like Bulletstorm. People Can Fly and Epic must be laughing themselves stupid over this, am I wrong?

Honestly, if there's one game I don't mind getting attacked, it's this one. It seems like it was tailor-made to attract this kind of attention. Like Oscar bait, but for Fox News.

So, Bill O'Rielly wasn't mentioned anywhere in the article at all, so I'm not sure where you are coming up with that, plus I am quoting this directly from the article.

"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."

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