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Luke Skywalker meets Debbie Does Dallas: Fox report on Mass Effect is saddening

11:57 PM on 01.22.2008 // Jim Sterling

Initially, I had no intention of watching this "report," much less posting it on Destructoid, but after reading the transcript on GamePolitics, I finally broke down and sat through the whole sorry affair. Now, I may goof on my research now and again, and I hold my hands up to that, but watching this video is akin to watching a group of men talking about how painful period pains are. These are people with no experience or knowledge whatsoever regarding Mass Effect, trying to pass themselves off as experts and it's finally ground me down to the point of sorrow.
It's hard to remain angry about these kinds of ignorant attacks against videogames, because they've become so frequent and so mind bogglingly stupid, that it takes far too much energy to be mad. You just bash your head against a brick wall until your skull is liquid and you've slumped onto the ground, unable to do anything but twitch.  The smug ignorance of Cooper Lawrence as she giggles and grins her way through Geoff Keighley's eloquent and intelligent debate is disgusting, and the way that Geoff's sole voice of reason is effectively squashed in order to hand over to a panel of people who'd clearly never seen more than thirty seconds of game footage is a depressing shame.
Most shameful of all, however, is the pitiful reaction of host Martha MacCallum who answered the rightful claim that "it's up to parents to control what their kids are seeing," with "it is, unfortunately."
Unfortunately ... it's become unfortunate that parents have to take responsibility for their own flesh and blood. I don't even think I need to point out just how miserable that statement is. I'm at a loss, really. For what it's worth, I think Geoff did an admirable, if futile job, and I'd like to thank both Lawrence and MaCallum for reminding me why misanthropy is almost noble.

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