Cooper Lawrence lies to sound like she knows what she's talking about. Here is a direct quote from her debate with Geoff Keighley on Fox News:
"Darling, I gotta go with the research. And the research says there’s a new study out of the University of Maryland right now that says that boys that play video games cannot tell the difference between what they’re seeing in the video game and the real world…"
That "new study" is from 2005. What does it say?
100 college students with an average age of 19 were interviewed about violent depictions in games. The study showed that most of the students interviewed recognized that the games depicted negative themes and harmful stereotypes, but didn't think the content was harmful to them. Can someone tell me when college student were ever considered adolescent "boys?" Here is a quote from just one of the 100 students interviewed:
"The game doesn't make people violent -- it's just a game," said one subject, a 19-year-old woman, in a confidential interview with Killen's research team. "If they're violent, it's something wrong with them."
Granted, some people have a hard time separating real life from fantasy. Most, if not all, of those people have mental problems. Problems that existed before they played video games.
I don't know about you guys, but playing videogames has made me believe that I can bang alien lesbians, shoot a cop in the head, and then take a hit from a rocket launcher without any consequences whatsoever.
Below is a link to the full article that talks about the study. The article does mention claims that adolescents are more vulnerable to impulsive behavior due to playing video games, but it does not mention where that research comes from. Nevertheless, it still seems to me that Lawrence misrepresented this study to bolster her bullshit claims on Fox News. I'm still waiting for her response.
Jim's FNC post got me all raging pissed off. I felt I needed to send an email to "expert" Cooper Lawrence. If I happen to get a response (I doubt it, these people don't have time for their kids, let alone some schlub like me) I'll post it later.
I'm sure you are receiving a few emails on the subject of your recent discussion on Fox News. I must say that, as a 24 year old gamer, I found your comments laughably inaccurate. You must understand that one of the first rules of journalism is that you must do research on your topic (in this case the game Mass Effect) and admitting that you haven't effectively negates your argument. When you snorted at Mr. Keighley's question as to whether or not you had played the game, I realized you had no idea what you were talking about. Unfortunately we do live in a society where children are readily able to access adult material on the internet, their cellphones, and their televisions. Fortunately each of those devices, and the XBox 360, have parental controls built in or that can be purchased so parents can monitor and control what their children are able to access. Unfortunately, we live in a society where most parents would rather coddle their children and give them whatever they desire without research, and then blame the companies for the content they produce. Now I would like to give you some statistics on gamers.
Sixty-nine percent of American heads of households play computer and video games.
Ninety-three percent of people who make the actual purchase of computer games and 83% of people who make the actual purchase of video games are 18 years of age or older. The average age of the game buyer is 40 years old.
The average age of video game players is 33.
As you can see, adults do play video games and to simply state that all video games are being played by adolescents is completely untrue.
I am interested in reading the new U. of Maryland research that you cited on Fox News. Can you please tell me where I can acces that study? I have been playing video games since I was about 7 or 8 and I never had trouble distinguishing video games from reality.
I implore you, the next time you are going to be cited as an expert on something, please do some research first.
Given my incredible ability to infer things from other things, I'm saying that the 360 Orange Box is going to be sold at a minimum of $20 off the normal price today on Amazon's gold box page (6pm PST.) If you were looking for a good excuse to buy it, today is probably the day to do so. I was expecting to get this for christmas but since I'm a sucker for a good deal, I'll probably pick it up today. Hopefully all of this conjecture and hearsay is true.
The legendary edition is down from $130 to $80 on Amazon today. I don't know if it's down to that price for good, but most likely just for black friday. Still haven't played this game, not sure if I care to. One thing I am sure of is that I am a bad enough dude to save the president.
Spaceballs: The Animated Series comes out on G4 this fall. I really hope this show is good. Spaceballs is an absolute classic movie and one of Mel Brooks' best. I can't wait for them to tear into Episodes 1-3. Here's a quick trailer.
The siamese triplets worry me though, I don't remember them being in the movie. Thoughts?
According to IMDB Mel Brooks co-wrote the pilot with Thomas Meehan, the guy who wrote Spaceballs. Brooks is also doing the voices of President Skroob and Yoghurt. Daphne Zuniga is reprising her role as Princess Vespa as well. No word on whether Bill Paxton is on board though.
Wait, is it Pullman or Paxton? They're the same guy anyway.