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Information nation of hysteria

OK, so I haven’t been posting for a while…there’s been too much going on in my actual life to pay much attention to my virtual one. Most of my time has been spent on the yard (for which I’ll be posting new pictures soon to the landscaping log) and in my garage, and occasionally at work.

However, I thought I’d hop on to say that today’s PvP pretty much summarizes my view of the whole Hot Coffee crap that’s been so visible in the vidya-gaming news lately. I’ve never understood why the Yanks are so dead-set on treating sex as an obscenity, while gory violence is perfectly acceptable.

Then there’s also the issue of the ESRB rating on GTA: San Andreas being changed from Mature to Adults Only. Here are the official definitions of the two:

  • Mature: Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content, and/or strong language.
  • Adults Only: Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.

So, essentially the difference between the two is one year of age, nudity, and the length of time that the objectionable material is available in the game. I don’t know where to even start with this…first off, GTA games (at least since GTA III) have absolutely qualified for the Adults Only rating, just on the violence aspect alone. However, the two ratings are so close in actual meaning that I don’t understand why so many people are in outcry over the fact that GTA wasn’t rated as AO to begin with. In fact, most people seem satisfied now that the rating has been changed.

Right, right, I forgot…people are idiots. :-)

9 Responses to “Information nation of hysteria”

  1. I’ve always found that a curious oddity in our neighbours to the South: prime time TV shows thousands of murders, gunshot victims, stabbings, blood and gore every year (which is surely watched by millions UNDER 17, since it’s on from 7 to 9 pm), yet the mere whisper of a glimpse of bare breast or buttocks sends them into a froth about the “unacceptable” nature of the material. Apparently children won’t be affected by watching death and mayhem, but to see a glimpse of naked body – well, that would scar them forever.

    We covered desensitization issues in my psychiatry rotation in medical school, and I have to say that the average prime time TV show covers this issue beautifully: show something enough times (violence/shootings/etc) with an apparent lack of ill effects/sequelae (no personal ties to the actor who “died”, no funerals seen, no family members’ lives being viewed about the effect of the death, the show picking up the next week with no mention of the event, etc) and your average joe can’t really differentiate between reality and fiction. After all, this technique has been shown to be highly successful in the past. It’s all very different in real life, I can tell you: watching a real person die (even if you’ve only met them briefly when on call, and you know their death is inevitable due to their disease process) is a formidable, draining emotional experience…

  2. well put.
    as I always say, it’s illegal to kill someone but perfectly legal to depict it on TV, whereas sex is legal but not legal to show on TV.

    …and yet they’ll still blame the video game or the music or the TV show for a murder committed by a young person, but not the availability of the FREAKING GUN.

  3. or machete , or kitchen knife , or Axe , or hammer , etc.. but I agree lets see more Bleu nuit and less murder death kills so we can have a joy joy life and a happy happy day ..

  4. Yeah, but then we’d get fined one half-credit for a sotto voce violation of the verbal morality statute… :-)

    *sings* Good food from the garden…garden in the valley…valley of the Jolly Green Giant!

  5. Ummm… that’s one hell of a non-sequitur… or is it just an inside joke I am not aware of?

  6. Deuce was referencing Demolition Man in his comment, so I thought I’d throw in some quotes… :-)

  7. yes .. Kaveman is still the movie Quote man … but in all seriousness. Guns don’t kill people I kill people .. .. Say hello to my Little friend
    “candy .. of course you are” … ” WAAAAAARRRRRRRRR” ..

  8. Still, that’s a pretty long stretch.

  9. sorry was looking for more Quotes

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