Mass Effects: Game for the (Se)X-Box?

When Fox News featured a story about sex and digital nudity in the video game Mass Effect for Microsoft's X-Box, "psychology specialist" (what does that mean?) Cooper Lawrence - despite not having played the game - warned of the dangers of video game objectifying women.

The result? Gamers worldwide - despite not having read her book - are spamming her Amazon page with bad reviews! (However, Amazon wasn't amused - they've deleted these reviews.)

Kotaku has the whole story - Thanks Marie!
- Keighley Sets Mass Effect Record Straight ... Or Tries To
- Quack Gets Amazon Book Rating Spammed

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damn i hate fox news... anyone see the "fox attacks" documentary? it's exellent.

'mass effect' is for mature audiences, no? i mean, it IS a first-person shooter, and the intricacies of the plot are probably a little more complicated then your average super mario bros... so why are people surprised that there is sex in it? the only thing it's missing is alcoholic beverages and prostitutes! but wait-- the GTA series and the Sims, even, have covered those. but wait-- it objectifies women! well, what about 'portal' from the orange box series? that one is about a woman trapped in an experimental maze in which the experimentor tries to kill her once her tasks have been fulfilled... why wasn't that one targeted?

here's the point: video games are just that. GAMES. they depict war scenes, criminal activity, crude violence, nudity, sword fights, and lots of death. but you know what they also entail? pure entertainment. we do in games what we shouldn't do in real life. plus, if "researchers" are scared these activities depicted in games will "cause" kids to copy the actions, they're wrong. kids do bad things and get the wrong idea from bad parenting. if kids can't distinguish between "make-believe" and reality, it's the fault of the person who taught them what reality is.
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News bulletin:

Women are objects. Men are objects. Sculptures are objects. Puppies are objects. There are times when it's simply pleasant to run your hands over an object, or just look at it, or... etc. It's fun to be an object sometimes. Trust me on this.

A little self-confidence and you, too, can enjoy the many roles we naturally play in day to day life, relationships, flirting, working, etc.

Or, you can indulge in political correctness, the endemic disease of the lame. Consequently, life will suck for you just that little bit more, and the rest of us will have to listen to you whine about it. sigh.
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Here's an update to the story :

She doesn't apologize at all, just says that she regrets making those comments about the sexism & such. If you ask me, she made a statement so people would quit trashing her books because all those negative reviews won't result in sales for her. Her statement to the New York Times was short, and she really didn't apologize for anything ... she's not really admitting fault with herself and her ways of researching. I see no "I'm sorry, I should've done my research before going on National TV and making an ass out of myself". She's just as pathetic now as she was before the NYT statement.

I'm all about forgiving people, if they say they're sorry. Clearly, she did not apologize for anything. She just "regrets" saying those stupid things ... but she's not sorry for her crappy research skills.
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Don't take this out on psychologists and psychology!!!
They are needed and save lives when!!

SHE ISN'T ONE! She is a "psychology specialist", i.e. a quacker that doesn't know jack sh*t just POP-PSYCHOLOGY.

A rule of thumb: If they have are marketing a book with a full cover picture of themselves, YOU CAN DISREGARD THEM!
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