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After seeing a CNN report in which anchor Erin Burnett tried to badger psychologist and author William Pollack into saying that there was a hard link between games and recent violent shooting sprees, the Twisted Metal creator wrote a rant directed at the network.
You can watch the original CNN clip below. The video game segment starts at 2:58. While Pollack seems concerns about game violence, he flatly answers "No" when asked if games caused the recent tragedies that have occurred, and quickly moved the conversation to the easy availability of weapons in the U.S. Burnett seems unswayed by his opinions and tries time and again to bring the blame back to games.
Jaffe didn't take kindly to this, and offered this statement vie his Twitlonger account:
Dear @ErinBurnett : you, ma'am, are at best an idiot that @cnn should be ashamed to have as an anchor. At worst, you are the worst kind of American: one who has allowed the healthy desire for success to morph into a capitalistic cancer that makes it ok to ignore the facts in order to make your product more appealing, regardless of the consequences. To make matters worse, your own views about video games- which you seem to have no problem sharing with your hundreds of thousands of viewers- clearly have not been formed by any actual research or real life experience with the medium.
I am sure you will think yourself quick and insightful when you tell me- a video game director/designer accusing someone from another industry of making products for profit regardless of consequence- that I am the pot and you are the black kettle. However, if you actually listened to your guests and read the studies (aka if you actually did some....some....hmmm, what's that word you journalists have for it? Oh right: RESEARCH!) you would see you are wrong; you would see there remains- after years of studies- zero evidence of video games with violent subject matter causing real life violence.
On the flip side- you know: YOUR side- there is very real evidence that our society suffers greatly when our news media fails to properly inform the public.
The fact that you think a guy who 'trains'* on a shooting video game would be granted the skill to horrifically, tragically kill those CHILDREN in Norway only serves to show how little research you do before you open your mouth in front of your world wide audience under the guise of delivering news. I'm not sure what makes your argument look more ignorant: the fact that you don't back up your idiotic statement by showing a correlation to the current health of America's agriculture sector with the popularity of Farmville OR the fact that the sick, deranged evil loser who killed those poor kids in Norway had picked such a poor 'training' tool that after 700 hours of play, he was only capable of hitting little kids with his bullets versus the well armed pretend terrorists and highly skilled virtual soldiers that he was battling in the game.
Shame on you. But more importantly: shame on your profession. It deserves so much better.**
Source: The Escapist
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I think the points for killing hookers thing originated in the game Carmageddon. GTA and Carmageddon both came out in 1997 and were both instant conterversies for thier Ultra Violent content. Difference is IN Carmageddon You actually do get points for mowing down innocence I think there are even extra points for running over grannies, Poloticians grandstanding and equally idiotic newsmen of the era conflaited the two at the time and to this day they have become synonymous. Since GTA became the stand out hit it became the lightning rod but these peoples mentalities never adjusted and no one ever corrected them, so now its a fact to them.
Do people think that movies make or children violent? Think about that CNN ,ABC, or really any news station.
Wow, if these controls were put on game availability, this would be a conversation.
Child: Hello, I'm here to buy New Super Mario Bros.
Owner: Do you have a parent with you?
Child: No... but this game says E for-
Owner: GET OUT
Rubbing alcohol on a fresh wound, BURN!
Seriously? Guns don't kill people, video games do? That is ridiculous. I've been playing video games since I was like 6 and one of the first games I have ever played was grand theft auto: vice city and I don't think it's ok to go out and shoot innocent people, I think that is horrible. Stop blaming video games for everything and do your research before you make these stupid allegations.
my boy jaffe
I didn't realize there were "points" in Grand Theft Auto or that you get a lot of em for killing a prostitute.
I wish video games developers would mention to these idiot news reporters, what video games exactly was Hitler playing when he killed millions?
What's that?? There was no such thing as video games back then? Exactly!!! Moron!!!!
Let's take a poll!
show of hands: How many of you play "violent" videogames?
Hmm...ok, I see. (tally, tally, tally)
Ok, now...how many of you have commuted a murder or other violent crime in your lifetime? (tally, tally, tally)
Oh, I'll be damned, the studies are right...it's about a 10,000,000/1 ratio.
Controlling violence in media=censorship=unconstitutional
Wow he tore into her with no mercy.
Every time he open his expressions everyone listen , he is simply that awesome.
Well said David!! Putting it bluntly is the only way these people well get a clue.