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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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Well said, sir.
LOL Black ops 2 footage and they say "Call of duty By iw" EPIC FAIL cnn
I think Jaffe could've handled it better, but I do think that the major news outlet and politicians NEED to do some research before attacking the games industry.
So many of these non-stories get airtime. It all seems to come back to education but we are made to believe its not. Typing on ipad sux. Gamers allday.
First Amendment. Suck it.
LMAO did anyone notice the video playing was Black Ops 2, and in the corner it said Call of Duty/Infinity Ward, lmao
in the video they say that the game play in the background is call of duty by infinity ward. way to check your facts cnn
Geez, she's really dumb. I mean... I play AC, but that doesn't mean I want to grab a knife and kill somebody
Blaming video games is just a scapegoat for the real reasons people shoot up schools. 99.9% of people who play games, whether it be CoD, Halo, or AC, are not gonna go out and pick up an Ak-47, a plasma rifle, or a hidden blade and kill people. The ones who do shoot up schools usually have some kind of mental instability. Right wing Conservatives hate video games cause they can't control them and so what do they do, they blame everything on a virtual game. What's really funny is that almost everyone who plays CoD will never hold a gun in their entire life, unlike the hunters and gun enthusiast who own 10+ guns and kill animals for fun. Yeah, its the video games.
Head on down to the PokeMart, y'all need some BURN HEAL.
Wow, I give kudos and respect to Dave Jaffe for this.
Les go Dave!
Oh God. The news bashing video games causes me physical pain! In that I facepalm to hard and too much. Total Biscuit also made a video that sh0ows why news networks suck at this. Seriously, it couldn't possibly be the availability of guns or the mental state of the shooters? *** idiots.
I especially enjoyed the beginning of the segment where they appeared to be...trying to gain sympathy for the gun manufacturers? boo hoo. make something else.
Dont tell me this stupid woman havent seen an action movie or there are people who doesnt like action movies where dudes shoot 80 guys without taking a scratch is that no violence the guy could say that he watch expendables and do they will give him the same attention ... There just haters if you dont know anything about games dont open your mouth talking about something you dont know you just look bad ... Almost everything i played since i was a kid is violent and i never have a fight and the only thing i have killed is insects ... If kenedy where shot in 2013 that stupid woman would say the guy was playing to much sniper elite 2
...Grand Theft Auto didn't teach me that murdering prostitutes is fun anymore than BioShock taught me how to shoot bees out of my arms.