Posted on January 26, 2008,

Cooper Lawrence Corrects Her Statements On Mass Effect

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Fortunately, Cooper Lawrence has redeemed herself by correcting her statements made on Fox News that upset gamers. We all know about what happened on Amazon with her book reviews and fortunately she has taken the time to rethink her position on the game.

In an interview on Friday, she had the following to say:


“I recognize that I misspoke,” she said. “I really regret saying that, and now that I’ve seen the game and seen the sex scenes it’s kind of a joke.

“Before the show I had asked somebody about what they had heard, and they had said it’s like pornography,” she added. “But it’s not like pornography. I’ve seen episodes of ‘Lost’ that are more sexually explicit.”

Unfortunately Fox News has yet to release any kind of retraction of the story. I have to respect Cooper Lawrence for admitting she was wrong and changing her opinion of the game. Hopefully, those who were flaming her on Amazon will stop, because she was big enough to admit that her statements about Mass Effect were wrong.

Thanks for the tip Norbit!

Via New York Times

Mass Effect Misinformation Et Tu Fox

Gamers Strike Back Against Cooper Lawrence On Amazon

EA Requests Fox News Correct Errors And Misstatements

EA Plans To Fight Back After Fox Ignores Their Demands For Mass Effect Correction

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28 Comments on Cooper Lawrence Corrects Her Statements On Mass Effect

Ren

On January 26, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Sorry, but I’ll believe the apology after she’s lost everything and can only make money by selling her mouth for crack. Then, and only then, will I believe that the apology is real and she will be worthy of the gaming community’s respect.

William

On January 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm

I don’t think there’s any need to continue hostility towards her. She was big enough to admit she was wrong. We’re all wrong at one time or another.. I think if someone is willing to admit they were wrong, we should let it slide. If it were a situation where she had continued saying the wrong things, that would be something different.

Daniel

On January 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm

My lack of respect towards Cooper Lawrence continues. I’m happy that she finally was able to see the sex scenes in Mass Effect and changed her mind about the game, but you know what, if she would have researched the game more thoroughly before the segment, she wouldn’t be in the sh** storm that she’s in now. She instead took the Fox News segment as a way to plug her ridiculous book. And obviously, that was wrong.

If she wanted to plug her book so much, she should have talked about a topic she had knowledge in. She thought games were for children and she was probably educating parents rather than pissing off a ton of people with her inaccuracies.

I guess Cooper didn’t only learn that Mass Effect’s sex scene wasn’t as graphic as she thought, but she also learned that yes, adults do play video games.

used cisco

On January 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm

“she has taken the time to rethink her position on the game.”

I don’t know that she “rethought” her position so much as finally reached a position that was actually based on some personal experience. And yes she should have done this before going on Fox News, but we literally have no idea how much advance warning she had before being asked to do the spot (that was likely pitched as “please come speak about the effects of sex in videogames) so we can blame her smug attitude but not so much her lack of knowledge. I blame Fox for constructing a nonsense segment more than anything.

I just wonder how many immature gamers will now apologize for slanderous reviews on Amazon. I’m guessing now many. I think they wanted a pound of flesh regardless.

William

On January 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm

I think it was less about getting a pound of flesh and more about making a point. I’ll admit the methods taken on Amazon were questionable, but they worked.

I also still don’t think the reviews were all that slanderous. Most reviews they admitted to never reading the book and gave legitimate reasons not to purchase it. I don’t think gamers owe an apology for what happened on Amazon, but I do think it’s time for it to come to an end. She has apologized basically and I think we should accept that.

I agree with Daniel that it was just a cheap way for her to try and plug her book and that’s hard to respect. I certainly don’t respect what she said on Fox. I do respect the fact that she was adult enough to admit that it was wrong. Will I buy her book now? Of course not. I really don’t think the negative reviews from gamers were even required for intelligent people to realize it was a silly book in the first place. And no I haven’t read it, but I don’t think I need to in order to realize that it’s silly. The entire premise of the book is something I wouldn’t take seriously to begin with.

used cisco

On January 26, 2008 at 3:52 pm

“I agree with Daniel that it was just a cheap way for her to try and plug her book”

No offense, but do you even watch the news? Its this very type of arrangement that makes sure news stations always have people ready to give their opinion for free. Nearly every “expert” has a book or something to promote. This is not sleazy or abnormal. She even admitted she had zero experience with the game. Her attitude was poor and she said things that weren’t true, now she’s corrected herself.

I read MANY MANY reviews that were slanderous. The guy accusing her of giving him his first STD was just a sample. Thankfully they were deleted. Like I said, I don’t expect those immature gamers to apologize. Nor do I expect many on here to admit that those actions were wrong.

William

On January 26, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I’d certainly say ones like the STD comment were wrong and childish, but for the most part the reviews made sense.

I also realize that “experts” commonly use the news to plug books. I don’t blame them, but it’s certainly cheap in my mind when you come on as an expert in a field you know nothing about. It would be like me holding a press conference on rocket science to plug Gaming Today.

used cisco

On January 26, 2008 at 4:09 pm

“It would be like me holding a press conference on rocket science to plug Gaming Today.”

I think you may be overdramatizing this a bit.

Cooper lawrence is typically billed as a “relationship” expert. I think the idea of having her on was to approach the concept of how sex/relationships in video games relates to real world relationships. Clearly the segment devolved into the ignorant nonsense we’ve all seen, but your depiction doesn’t reflect the reality of the situation at all, and frankly it also explains a lot of your ire.

A better parallel would be a News segment about a video game that included a breakthrough rocket simulation asking you to speak because you’ve written books about real world rockets and then without ever playing the game you say the simulation sucks and is harmful, meanwhile pitching your latest book which doesn’t happen to be about rockets at all.

havoc of smeg

On January 26, 2008 at 4:15 pm

at least she had the decency to say she was wrong.

not that i respect her for it, though.

weclock

On January 26, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Now all we need is for all the gamers who made those terrible to reviews to apologize to her.
Eye for an Eye my friends.

Ren

On January 26, 2008 at 5:00 pm

You know, I was going over her statement and I realized something: SHE DID NOT APOLOGIZE. Rather she said that “I recognize that I misspoke. I really regret saying that, and now that I’ve seen the game and seen the sex scenes it’s kind of a joke.

“Before the show I had asked somebody about what they had heard, and they had said it’s like pornography. But it’s not like pornography. I’ve seen episodes of ‘Lost’ that are more sexually explicit.”

At no point does she say that she is sorry for her remarks or the pain that it caused our community. So I say that until she comes out with a real apology, I don’t feel that anyone needs to ease up on anything anyone decides to do to her.

used cisco

On January 26, 2008 at 5:24 pm

@ Ren,

“the pain that it caused our community.”

Were you really in pain? Did it hurt real bad? You need to get a grip. There will always be people who don’t take our hobby seriously. Guess why. Because its PLAYING GAMES! It’s NOT a serious hobby. Its about fun. Its about playing pretend. Its about fantasizing that we are big tough space marines shooting aliens and saving human kind, and this case it was about getting to pretend to have sex. “pain”. I’ve heard it all now.

somewhat

On January 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Well said Ren.

weclock

On January 26, 2008 at 5:30 pm

I’m quite certain it did hurt the developers, however.

somewhat

On January 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Mental anguish is a form of pain, is it not ? Is all pain exclusively a physical sensation ? What about the emotional pain of losing a child to cancer ? Is that not pain ? She did hurt the industry because anyone not in the know about games would take her word over ours (i.e. my in-laws). While not a physical manifestation or anything remotely like the cancer example, pain has been caused, and I as a gamer tend to feel that pain (small as it is). Sorry you don’t cisco.

Ren

On January 26, 2008 at 5:33 pm

You know, perhaps I’m being too harsh. Perhaps we can let her explain at length because she has a radio call-in show. It’s on M-F 7p-10p eastern. You can reach her at: 1-877-6-COOPER

somewhat

On January 26, 2008 at 5:34 pm

I know that if I had developed the game and got an e-mail while at my desk with a link to the interview, I would have been shocked and pissed. Oh, and probably a little pained.

Ren

On January 26, 2008 at 5:38 pm

used cisco:

You know, perhaps I am being a little too sensitive. I only work in the gaming industry and have worked in it for the last 15 years. I’ve done just about every type of job from QA to Producer to ESRB submission manager and now I work in mobile. Everytime someone like this moron opens their mouth it hurts. And it doesn’t just hurt sales, but I can only imagine that this is a similar pain an artist feels when people completely misinterpret their work.

But you know if someone wants to hurt my ability to make money, I should just sit there and take it…douche bag.

Ren

On January 26, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Also, I would like to point out that this just does not affect me, but this also affects my children as well. I have two kids, both grade school age. I am a very active parent and volunteer with after school and off-site activities. However, when people like this ignorant, dim-witted “see you next tuesday”, this has a direct impact on my kids. I know of three sets of parents who feel that because I simply work in the game industry that I am completely amoral and allow my kids to play any game they want and will not allow their kids to even be friends with my kids.

Now I will try to explain to them that I am an active parent who tries to be aware of everything my kids are doing. However, when they ask if I own any “adult” games and I say yes, they immediately assume that I am either lying or am completely ignorant about what they do. I will admit that it is becoming increasing difficult to monitor what my kids do. But because this female can go on a TV show and spout off nonsense, my kids are denied playing with other kids they really like, including a girl who lives just around the corner from us.

So yeah, it kind of hurts, just a little.

William

On January 26, 2008 at 7:40 pm

@used_c she may be a “relationship expert” but relationship experts also specialize. She obviously knows nothing about gaming, so she really set herself up for this. It’s really one of those situations where the so called expert got called out and they had nothing to back their expert views up with.

I think my description fit just fine. She was talking about something she knew nothing about just like I know nothing about rocket science. The real problem is that too many people go on television and pretend to be experts. I wish more people would be called out. It’s also kind of odd that this happens on Fox News more than any other news channel. Their quality of news has progressively gotten worse and worse over the past 7 years or so. I think their special interest agenda shines through in pieces like the SexBox fiasco.

Phil Migrowen

On January 26, 2008 at 8:59 pm

““I recognize that I misspoke,” she said.”

Cooper didn’t misspeak. Misspeak is what occurs when you know the right information or answer but say the wrong thing inadvertently. Here, she spoke correctly based upon what she knew. The problem was that what she thought was the truth was far from it.

“now that I’ve seen the game and seen the sex scenes it’s kind of a joke.”

If by “it” you mean “you,” then yes, you finally got it right.

“I have to respect Cooper Lawrence for admitting she was wrong and changing her opinion of the game.”

Judging from her explanation above she didn’t admit she was wrong. All she admitted was that she was misled by her source, and she regretted that she misspoke, which is neither an apology nor an honest admission of the situation.

weclock

On January 27, 2008 at 12:00 am

So it appears as if some people feels she has redeemed herself, and others think otherwise..

interesting journalism team you have here..

Ron Whitaker

On January 27, 2008 at 2:10 am

@weclock: Would you prefer that I replace the staff with cybernetic organisms? One of the things I like about Gaming Today is that we allow our writers to express their opinions. I may not agree with them, but I still like reading them.

For instance, I still think this woman is a pompous, uninformed person who jumped at an opportunity to plug her book, knowledge of the topic notwithstanding. Of course, I also think that every gamer who posted a ridiculous comment on Amazon is no better than she is, as they engaged in the exact same behavior.

But anyway, I digress….

MassEffect Fan :)

On January 27, 2008 at 2:11 am

hahahahahha you i just gave your retarded book a ty rating too bad so sad :grin:

William

On January 27, 2008 at 3:05 am

The bonus of GT is that we aren’t really one of those sites where all of our writers have the same opinion.

erexx

On January 28, 2008 at 4:16 am

Unfortunately her apologies wont be heard.
The damage she has done as an “expert” cannot be healed.
The framework has been set and the impression is indelible.

Phil Migrowen says:
“All she admitted was that she was misled by her source, and she regretted that she misspoke, which is neither an apology nor an honest admission of the situation.”

I couldn’t agree more.
She was nether honest nor sincere with her words.
She was only using the situation to further her own myopic ideas about the world,
while shamelessly promoting herself at the expense of people and experiences she knows nothing about.

A big shame on Fox News.
Their commentary is not only hurtful it damages the credibility of those involved in making the game.

They also hurt real people for their own selfish gain.
They obviously have no shame in what they do.

William

On January 28, 2008 at 7:40 am

I’m sure Fox News has no shame in what they do. If you had told me about this situation before it had happened, I could have guessed Fox was behind it. This is simply how they do news.

Kev

On January 29, 2008 at 6:01 pm

The apology is just an attempt to keep book sales from sinking. Actually, the sales probably never did sink because they couldn’t possibly get any lower. The reviews by people who actually read the book seem to indicate it was written by someone with little knowledge of the subject who did very poor research. Does this sound like her interview about Mass Effect on Fox? Though I’m sure this incident guarentees she won’t be making any money off her crappy book.