Sessler’s Soapbox: Mass Stupidity

Well, everyone else is weighing in, so now it’s Adam Sessler’s turn. This week, Adam’s ranting about Kevin McCullough, the blogger over at TownHall.com that wrote a baseless rant against Mass Effect.

Apparently, bashing Mass Effect is that key to recognizing idiocy so far in 2008. While Adam doesn’t mention the Cooper Lawrence debacle, his rant is applicable to that as well.

It’s obvious that there is still a long way to go in gaining acceptance among some markets for gaming. However, it would behoove the folks speaking out against gaming to consider this: the vast majority of people who play games have the ability to vote. This sort of idiocy makes me hope that someone in this year’s campaign will come out as supportive of gaming, so gamers will have the chance to flex their ballot box muscle.

Once folks in the media see how many people actually play games these days, I bet you’ll see the perception change quickly.

Thanks, G4 TV!

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20 Comments on Sessler’s Soapbox: Mass Stupidity

William

On January 24, 2008 at 10:50 am

The last line was the best.

mooshimooshi

On January 24, 2008 at 11:01 am

wow i’ve never seen him mad. well honestly when he’s standing next to morgan webb, who’s looking at him anyway? but he hit the nail on the head. i totally agree. but i’m confused about the last part. did he say to NOT vote for obama? racist! lol.

TommyBoy

On January 24, 2008 at 12:15 pm

I personaly thought Mass Effect was Massively boring, but thats just me…

But yeh i hate the way some people think games are totaly worthless and just problematic

vince

On January 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm

to mooshimooshi, he didn’t say don’t vote for obama. he said the reason people vote for obama is because he is more open minded to the issues.

Handshakes

On January 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm

@TommyBoy: Agreed. Mass Effect? More like Mediocre Effect.

I think the whole “video games are like crack” philosophy is just coming about because gaming is so new. It will probably level out pretty soon. In fact, the only reason gaming press is giving so much attention to this Mass Effect debacle is because it is the first time since Hot Coffee that games have even been noticed by the rest of the world. Fat nerds love a chance to be thought of as relevant.

The Twin

On January 24, 2008 at 4:55 pm

While I don’t play M games, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them. Even if there was an “uncensored” scene, a 12-year old on google images finds more porn than the average Mass Effect player could monger through 100 plays. What a bunch of morons. A game can contain whatever the developer puts in. Don’t complain, and if you do, just suck it up and do it like the average person does, with your wallet.

biderman

On January 24, 2008 at 8:23 pm

:lol: :razz:

scott

On January 25, 2008 at 10:41 am

This guy actually has guts.

He has just gained some of my respect.

:cool:

Flint

On January 25, 2008 at 11:15 am

Yeah, his last comments are a little confusing but he’s basically saying that the reason so many young voters are turning out and voting for Obama (or Dems in general) is because of people like these conservative morons who bash video games.

Anyway, great rant!

Jacob

On January 25, 2008 at 11:23 am

I want to start by saying I love games. I’ve grown up playing games from the NES to the PS3. I’ve seen how games have progressed and what developers are able to create for our next-gen systems. I love the progress games have made over just the last 7 years. It is increadible. I strongly believe that video games have a right to shell out what ever propaganda they want to incorporate into there games and that it is up to the player to decide whether or not that is information they agree with or not. Again I do not own an xbox so I have not played mass effect. It seems like it would be a fun game, but until Adam and Morgan offer me a job I probably wont play it. I watched Fox News’ “SE’XBOX segment and read EA’s response and I enjoyed both. Fox was misleading in there report I don’t know if they apologized or not but the one important thing that they said, which I agree with 100% is that it is not the governments place to regulate games it is up to the parents (not word for word). Because in fact it is up to parents to regulate everything there children play. On July 31st my wife gave birth to my first child and now I have a bunch of crappy responsibility that I wasn’t looking forward to. Well when she begins to get old enough I am going to have to regulate what she plays until she is 17 and then it is up to her to decide what she wants to play and what is right for her and I just have to hope that I have given her enough knowledge to decide for herself what she wants to play and what she doesn’t. It’s gotten to the point now where she is watching me play games and I have to wait till she’s in bed before I can even play Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles because she is watching the tv and I don’t feel like waking up to her crying at night cause she’s scared. Sorry this was a lot to read but I guess I wrote all of this to say don’t blame conservatives for the psycho’s out there because there are democrates out there who are psycho as well. I guess the main thing I want to end with is games are art and we have to decide for ourselves what we feel is okay for us and what is not. Like the alcohol add-Play responsibly.

William

On January 25, 2008 at 11:34 am

Jacob, I think the problem we have here is that some people don’t want us to live in a free society where we can choose what entertainment we view. Of course Mass Effect isn’t for little kids and that’s why they rated it MA. Honestly, the game could have gotten away with a T rating in my opinion.

Jacob

On January 25, 2008 at 11:56 am

I agree with you that we have every right to choose what entertainment they partake in.

jaytastic

On January 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm

sessler, I’m not or anything, but I want your baby.

and just to actually add something of substance, jacob is half-right. Although it’s still a combination of both -tarded democrats and -tarded republicans. I live in NY state, Hillary Clinton, she helped to pass a law making it a FELONY CRIME to sell an M-rated game to a minor. The conservatives are on our asses because of some moral highground they supposedly have, and the democrats (not necessarily liberal) are trying to over-protect us from OURSELVES. They both need to back the hell off.

Screw this backwards 2 party system.

William

On January 25, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Sessler made an excellent point about how young people are being driven to support Obama because of crap like this.

The strange thing about politics is that I’m willing to bet that a vast majority of our citizens have liberal views, yet they simply don’t show up to the polls. Unfortunately, it seems that the democrats and republicans are completely out of touch when it comes to video game issues. I’m sure we all remember Al Gore’s rants on Mortal Kombat.

The real problem with the video game debates is that the people against games use children as a reason. Most gamers are adults. They are simply using children to further their cause. It’s kind of like those commercials on television with the Santa Claus looking old guy who talks about how for 10 cents a day or whatever, you can save a starving kid in Africa and provide them with school supplies. What they don’t tell you is that a majority of the money goes to executives.

Using children as an excuse is just a way to gain sympathy for their special interest causes.

Steve-o

On January 25, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Adam hit it right on the nail. Honestly, I could go on about how most politicians… scratch that, ALL politians don’t know much about video games. Let’s be real, why would we listen to politicians about how video games corrupt our children or whatever, when they themselves have never picked up a video game controller in their lives? Let me tell you something, I don’t play video games for their content. I play games that are well designed, I play games that keep your attention, and most importantly, I play games that are FUN.

When I was a little kid, I got Mortal Kombat 2 for X-mas for the genesis. My parents saw the game and were like, “oh, this real violent. How bloody.” That’s not what I thought.I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD THEN!!! I thought, “wow, this is really fun to play”. Truth is, mainly adults fully understand the concept of death, blood & gore,and etc.

Are there certain things I don’t little kids to see? Of course there are, but what politicians are trying to do is taking things way too far. Most gamers are adults. I grew up in the Mario generation. Most of us from then are adults now, so politicians can’t pull the same crap they did in the 90′s. I don’t know how long politicians are gonna play this blame game crap. I don’t even know if they realize how old that blame game crap is. With our culture changing the way it is, how long do they think they can keep this up?

Most politicians now are ignorant to video games, but I can garuantee that in 20 or so years, we will have a president that has played mario at some point in their lives.

Kevitivity

On January 26, 2008 at 4:59 am

This one gamer that would never vote for a lieral nanny-stater, no matter what the thought about video games.

The big news is that Sessler is a full fledged moonbat.

Travenasty

On January 26, 2008 at 11:11 pm

:shock: Its crazy if you stare at the blinds behind his head for a minute, and then glance down at the text below the movie, it causes an interesting optical illusion that the words slightly in your peripheral vision are all wacked out and blurry.

Thomas

On January 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Do I think that some games can take it too far? of course, and I am not even that old. God of War for example I thought “Wow, that is a lot of blood and gore, more then I have seen in a game”

Children imitate what they see, at a very young age, do I think that violent games are bad? no it is like alcohol and yet it is not. You need to maintain self control in how long you play versus how long you spend in the real world but so long as you can limit how the game influences your life you are good to go.

but like was already stated, I play games because they are fun, not because I can fulfill some fetish or fantasy I secretly harbor when no one is looking.

Rain

On November 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Seriously, Mass Effect is rated M, and has less sex in it than the T rated Sims & Sims2. Those two games didn’t get the negative publicity and it’s so easy to get the cheat to unpixelize the sex scenes in that game. Honestly, people need to find better things to worry about than a bit of lesbian boob on a M-rated game, and go worry about something like the economy which actually effects us.

doodily dude

On December 12, 2009 at 12:28 am

He sure was wrong about America’s current President.