frauenfelder at May 7th, 2014 12:48 — #1
walterplinge at May 7th, 2014 14:22 — #2
Is anyone even remotely surprised that none of these "crusades" address any of the real problems with gamers and the gaming industry?
I guess it wouldn't be a moral panic if it was at all reasonable.
grathio at May 7th, 2014 15:27 — #3
There's a long history of any kind of amusement being considered a danger to civilization. When crossword puzzles first became popular there was a huge outcry that they were a"disease" "enslaving America".
Apparently the idea of leisure short circuits some people's brains.
mister44 at May 7th, 2014 15:33 — #4
Heeey - when I was a kid in the mid-80s I remember the local skating rink had a Death Race arcade.
daneel at May 7th, 2014 16:12 — #5
brainspore at May 7th, 2014 20:28 — #7
I think reasonable people could find cause to be disgusted by "Custer's Revenge" (goal: rape the American Indian captive!), just not to blame it for acts of actual rape.
boundegar at May 7th, 2014 21:45 — #8
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
-- H. L. Mencken
exonauts at May 7th, 2014 23:57 — #9
walterplinge at May 8th, 2014 17:09 — #10
The sad thing is that that there are genuine problems with sexism in the gaming industry (not to mention among gamers at large), but stirring up sensationalist controversy over a few terrible outliers (e.g. Custer's Revenge or RapeLay) doesn't even begin to solve them.
Literature has the Gor series and cinema has I Spit on Your Grave. Video games are just the latest medium to get saddled with the moral responsibility for all the terrible crap human beings have been doing to each other since the beginning of time.
frauenfelder at May 12th, 2014 12:48 — #11
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