Sessler's Soapbox: The Fox News Bulletstorm Controversy

Posted: February 15, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: The Fox News Bulletstorm Controversy
Adam chimes in on the whole Fox News Bulletstorm controversy, and is surprisingly mellow tempered.

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  • dino2100

    all i know is i want to thank fox news for showing me that raping my mother because i held a controller in my hand was wrong. Thank you Fox.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 4:51 PM
  • Socrates'sMind

    Great soapbox!

    Posted: February 15, 2011 4:40 PM
  • SonyNmbrOneGuy

    Not that I'm siding with the Fox News Funhouse but how do you defend Bulletstorm? I don't mind dumb fun but the game (the demo at least) was not really fun. So we're left with dumb. Stupid is the new cool I guess.

    Madworld with guns...pass.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 4:39 PM
  • Warrior567

    adams an idiot. regime isnt a big word

    Posted: February 15, 2011 4:28 PM
  • lngun4311

    It's as you say, if games have such a profound affect on people, why aren't my neighbors,who play Farmville, planting strawberries in the middle of their lawn. I wonder why they even brought it up at fox, its like someone heard from someone about a game that was called "BulletStorm". Honestly, theres a point where you want to smash your head against the desk because of how ludacris the complaint sounds. Shouldn't they be more worried about stuff thats actually realistic, seriously how absurdly unreal must you make a game so that it can still have all the elements of a violently fun fps w/o getting scrutinized by the media. Apparently cyborg space pirates who get marooned on a planet, full of man eating plants and giant creatures,that have the power to control gravity at their will is to realistic.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 4:26 PM
  • lowkevmic

    For those defending Fox News, we all know that they like to go for shock value in everything they do. So Adam was not wrong in saying that they have a million other better things to report on then the potential danger of Bulletstorm. All this have done is what shock media have always done, which is allow more sales of the product to those who normally wouldn't care.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 4:26 PM
  • OldSchoolRPG70

    can't any of you dopes see past the next video game release? It seems like, that just because someone likes and plays video games they have to defend anything video game.

    I for one thank FOX News for putting this out there.

    I think most of the dopes posting on this are kids who are mad because FOX exposed Bulletstorm for what it is. A lesson on nothing good. Sure you can no scope in Halo, shoot someone in the nuts in Bulletstorm, but you can't pass 7th grade math class. I hate kids

    Posted: February 15, 2011 4:19 PM

    I hadn't thought of it that way. He makes a very good point.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 4:19 PM
  • drh1975

    It must have been a slow news day for Fox, but I'm surprised the had time to blast Bulletstorm when they're too busy bashing the Obama administration.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 4:04 PM
  • playsbydesign

    While I'm glad to see that peoples reactions to game controversy aren't as frantic as usual, I'm curious to the motives behind it.

    As mentioned lots of people play games now, but is the fact that games are more respected as a medium of art/entertainment the reason for public ambivalence toward Fox's claims, or is it simply a "it's just a game." mentality?

    I love games. I love to see games get the respect that other mediums have achieved, but I feel the mentality of "it's just a game." is step backwards for games to gain that said respect.

    If a game developer or indeed anyone defends a game as "just a game" then they embolden the mentality of games being nothing more than a child's pass-time. Something not to be listened too and somehow beneath intelligent minds. Something with no redeeming merits or values. That's not what games need right now. Regardless of the hollow allegations being brought up by the simpletons at Fox News and the publics' apathy towards them, until games are seen in the same light of respect as movies and books then they need to be defended. Fox news is ignorant, but unfortunately they speak to other ignorant and uneducated minds and that fact shouldn't be ignored.

    I do hope that Adam will continue to defend video games from the likes of all said ignorant, uneducated individuals. Games are great things and they do indeed deserve the same rights and respect as other mediums.

    Keep up the good work.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 4:04 PM
  • Barbuganot

    I didn't know Fox News had a go at Mass Effect. Was it the first or second one and what did they complain about? The love scenes? That's the only thing I can think of.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 3:59 PM
  • atheist25

    I think this should be turned into advertising. EA did "5 out of 5 moms hate Dead Space 2." Epic Games can do "5 out of 5 Fox News psychologists think you will become a rapist."

    Posted: February 15, 2011 3:57 PM
  • sy_cred

    I sure hope your right and that the whole game bashing goes away. Censorship is stupid in some sense. You buy it its yours you want what you paid for but some things are half arse because of the ratings. But its annoying when we got that and people still make stupid claims. I got an idea make a free flash game of them getting punched in the face. And see if they do get punch(*warning please don't punch people in the face*) its just to prove a point. Of course im lazy so someone else make it.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 3:53 PM
  • Bass.EXE

    For every single video game piece on the news, they should have Adam Sessler be there for a counter-point. He's knowledgeable about the world of gaming and the world in general. Then hopefully the ungaming population won't be swayed by such asinine claims

    Posted: February 15, 2011 3:43 PM
  • Fanboys_suck

    Whats happening in Egypt right now is very similar to what happened in Iran back in the 70's. That worked out so well for the Iranian people, didn't it.

    Besides, its not like our government is tring to put a lockdown or censorship on the internet.....oh wait.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 3:36 PM
  • eelgad

    So what's happening in Egypt is wonderful? Where the military took over in a coup? Their constitution has been eliminated completely. Their parliament disbanded. Now the Egyptian military is running the whole country under martial law, talking about power sharing in 6 months maybe. This is wonderful?

    As for the piece.
    Carole Lieberman. Media psychologist. Technophobe. Writes scare books about the effects of technology.
    John Brandon. Tech conspiracy theorist. He wrote the original Bulletstorm bashing article along with ones on mind control.

    This is one of Fox News' classic freakshow for ratings ploys.

    Adam Sessler an inch deep and a mile wide.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 3:08 PM
  • linc77

    Adam should go on the Daily Show! Just to have him and Jon Stewart rip on Fox News would make my week

    Posted: February 15, 2011 3:02 PM
  • MaVannas

    My last post came off as condescending,for this I apologize.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 3:01 PM
  • Mobe81

    Why does it always seam to be fox covering this stuff?

    Do they just hate what people find joy in just for the sake of it?

    Posted: February 15, 2011 2:57 PM
  • qubert

    I don't think anyone would argue that games like this could disensitize children, the point being it's the parents responsibility to keep these games out of young kids hands. This response just seems ill thought out and very trollish. Terrible rambling...I'm with you as far as Government does not need to get involved with gaming. Parents need to get involved. Not sure why foxnews has to take such a hit with this...I believe Hillary Clinton is a total antigaming freak.

    Posted: February 15, 2011 2:57 PM