Apologies for the terrible pun in the title.
Jim's recent post
regarding the trailer for [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_Halpin's_Moral_Kombat]Moral Kombat[/url]
is getting a lot of attention, but there's one thing that is being overlooked by most people (myself included at first): Despite the bias shown the the trailer, the documentary apparently represents both sides of the argument fairly well. Henry Jenkins (one of the video game proponents appearing in the film and all-around smart guy) writes in his blog
defending it. Read on:
Why You Should See Spencer Halpin's Moral Kombat (Part One) Why You Should See Spencer Halpin's Moral Kombat (Part Two)
While it's comforting to know this movie isn't quite the sensationalist garbage we're immediately assuming it to be, I believe the director has made a huge mistake in cutting the trailer to appear so. He might trick a very small number of soccer moms into seeing this, but he's going to cause a much larger number of gamers to instantly dismiss the film. Getting notice this way is akin to a carny scam, and I feel reflects poorly on the filmmaker. A trailer displaying the documentary's true nature would be much more effective in my opinion.
For now, let's keep an open mind and see how this movie turns out regardless of how bad it appears at first glance. It could end up providing plenty of ammunition to support our side of the argument.
Thanks to awa64, Anonononomous, and Action Bastard for pointing this out.