Mass Effect Basher Offers Pseudo Apology, Continues to Ask for Censorship

060825mccullough.jpgKevin McCullough, the conservative columnist that started all the hysteria over Mass Effect has offered up what seems to be the closest gamers will get to an apology after his slanderous attack of the gaming community in his second article. After claiming the game was a porn simulator and contained not only “explicitly graphic sexual intercourse” but “virtual orgasmic rape” as well, McCullough was open enough to give “gamer nerds” a chance to state their case and point of view in his Townhall podcast, Musclehead REVOLUTION. Fortunately, the gamers that spoke with him were more level headed than some of the ones who commented on the original articles.

Since then McCullough has admitted he could be wrong about a few details.

Based on the multitude of response by gamers who share my concern for decency in the entertainment of our children, it is obvious that I had been misinformed on at least two points of substance in my original column.

For this I DO apologize to the gaming universe!

Unfortunately he listened to gamers, but evidently didn’t hear them. He is still asserting that this M rated game shouldn’t have any sexually related content whatsoever because it “might” fall into children’s hands.

I still do concur with my original position that the objectionable content in Mass Effect is still offensive, and should be kept out of the hands of those under age.

Mass Effect fans have demonstrated that the three minute cuts on YouTube are only arrived at after hours of play. So in their argument the “percentage” of objectionable content is heavily outweighed by the overwhelming amount of content leading up to it. Point well made…

It is for me however the presence of the content at all that I reacted strongly too.

If we follow this logic, where does it stop? McCullough is calling for censorship for the good of the children and moral health of the US. Should we forbid R rated movies for being made? After all children can sneak in if the theater is less than vigilant. Shall we start burning all books with adult content in our public libraries across the Nation. Kids can walk right into the stacks and open them up. What about foods that are bad for you, should they be taken off the market? Shall we ration salt because too much of it can shorten your life? Where does it all end?

via Kevin McCullough Town Hall

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12 Comments on Mass Effect Basher Offers Pseudo Apology, Continues to Ask for Censorship


On January 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm

I was one of the many people who emailed him and sent a link to the video so he could see how far off the mark he was. Its good that he at least listened to the comments from people objecting which is more than most of these ultra conservatives do. Normally as soon as you disagree they shut off and accuse you of being a Communist, Satanist or even worse, French.


On January 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Viva la revolucion!


On January 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm

i think its sad when someone says A “M” rated game “MIGHT” fall into a child’s hand, parents need to step up and monitor what their kids are playing. im over 18 and i played games like GTA2,3 when i was 15 and there was no problem with me i turned out fine. yet something don’t happen equally to other’s. my point is M rated game should have some limit to nuidity*, i thought Mass effect was rated 18+ i was going to buy it anyways. yet i decided not to, i loving games that are gory, violent yet not too much gore, or too violent. Halo for an instance. a wonderful game that makes alot of money. like Mass effect. iv’e noticed a pattern people always target games that make alot of money. anyways thats what I think.


On January 17, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Sadly people like “HATER”… are proving his point he is further useing people like “Hater” in his next articals about it… its starting to look more like he should be calling people Gamer-Idiots!… (im a gamer my self..) but the Community really needs to put on a better face.. and smash out the retards.


On January 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm

s like McCullough make outrageous comments like he did for the attention and it’s disturbing that high-profile gaming outlets like Joystiq and Kotaku continue to fall for it. Jack Thompson, despite his alarming ignorance and shortcomings as a lawyer, is practically a household name with gamers because we (gamers) continue to give him a platform. this needs to stop.

it’s embarrassingly obvious that he never played the game, probably saw a youtube video of the only scene that actually warranted the M rating it was given (because…y’know…that’s why the ESRB exists) and decided to use this as a springboard to promote a book or whatever.

these people should be treated like 12 year-old’s and ignored COMPLETELY.


On January 17, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Honestly… I dont get what the big deal about a Boob is… or a butt cheek ect… I think america is become far far too prude for its own good.. Hell most kids are too emberassed to go buy condoms or take correct care of them selfs due to it being a *Bad thing*


On January 18, 2008 at 12:39 pm

If only he knew the content in Mass Effect pales in comparison to material that is accessable to “minors” who “might” access it “accidently” but “innocently” searching for “T&A” on google. If you want to ban something that can mentaly damage a child and scar them for life, go ban religion too.


On January 18, 2008 at 1:06 pm

The one and only thing he gets right is that parents need to monitor and guide their children. I have four and each of them is a unique individual with their own needs and each is in a different stage of life No one knows better than my husband and I what each of them can handle.

That includes this guy who seems to think that he should be deciding what’s best for MY children. That is where he blows it completely.

As far the love making scene in Mass Effect, which is implied with no “crotch grabbing” that I could see, I’ve seen worse in PG-13 movies and late night television.

Samuel Westinghouse

On January 25, 2008 at 9:24 am

Before you judge something, Kevin, maybe you should actually PLAY THE GAME YOU’RE TRASHING. I’ve played through the entire game – twice (it’s that good) – and I can honestly say that you can see far worse than 30 seconds of lesbian sideboob on FOX F*N NEWS. Plus, this is in the context of a TWENTY+ HOUR GAME that actually is centred around moral/responsible decisions and consequences thereof. The accusations that Mass Effect is somehow trying to promote lesbian orgies….it’s just baseless and stupid and you should be ashamed for taking one of the best games of 2007 and dragging it through the mud.

Lame as Always

On January 25, 2008 at 11:27 am

this guy needs to be sodomized!!!


On October 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I loved this game but he could have easily attacked it and made a legitimate case on the moral options you could take in it. Playing through the game with a more ruthless mentality can have you killing many characters in cold-blood. Grand Theft Auto may have worse but the nature of Mass Effect causes the player to be a bit more emotionally involved with the character, which is a true hallmark of a great game. Instead he took an ignorant approach in complaining about a “nude” scene which…isn’t.


On October 23, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Even if he had tried this route he still would have been wrong on the basis that its marketed and aimed at an adult audience.