Apparently, Fox News had an on air game review for the game Mass Effect. One of the reviewers, a psychologist named Cooper Lawrence, never having played the game, started to bash it. Calling it sexist and violent, and on and on.
Geoff Keighley, a somewhat big name game reviewer, was also on the panel and kept "correcting". She would say that game is oppressive and against women, he mentions that you can actually play a woman and do all the things the man would do. She mentions full of nudity, he points to a 30 sec total time of half boob shot in a 30 hour game.
Anyways, the review really sucked. EA is pissed at Fox News for airing the crap.
Here is a video
But the best part of the story is what happened to the psychologist. After hearing of this, gamers went to amazon (and other sites) and left reviews on her book... leaving comments such as:
"I never read the book, don't know who she is, and don't really care what she's writing about."
"If she does have as much "research" as she does for her tv spots you can expect a book full of complete lies at best. Take everything she writes with a huge grain of salt or better yet save your money."
"Trying to encourage sexual acts in a book made available to young children is unacceptable."
Her book was up to 330 reviews, 279 of which were 1 star. Kinda childish, but damn funny.
Here are a few articles
Keighley => http://kotaku.com/347350/keighley-se...ht-or-tries-to
EA => http://kotaku.com/348355/quack-gets-...rating-spammed
Fans get pissed => http://kotaku.com/348187/ea-calls-fo...t-inaccuracies
Amazon => http://gaming.monstersandcritics.com...eview_backlash
Many of the quotes have been removed from the amazon site, but someone managed to get a list of some of the better onesI recently saw this book in a used bookstore holding up one end of a broken table. I read as much as I could before my arm got tired of holding up the above mentioned table. After a few chapters I realized the book was indeed best used for furniture support. Don't waste your time.I'm also quite disappointed that Mrs. Lawrence would use sex appeal (the cover) to sell her book. Whether she realizes it or not there are a lot of kids in book stores today that will see this and get the wrong impression.
Image means a lot Mrs. Lawrence, and you are damaging the youth of America.It may be true that I haven't actually read this book, but after watching her bash a really good game. I realized that people don't need to actually play, read, or watch things to review them.If you do purchase the book, I urge you strongly not to leave it idly where little hands can find it. The latest research clearly shows young readers are incalculably and permanently scarred by oversexualized images in books and other media.You can head to amazon.com to check out a bunch of more reviews. They keep cleaning them up, but they keep being postedKudos Cooper Lawrence, this book was amazing.
Her book taught me that I should stop overachieving and worrying about "the little things". When I'm working on some sort of project or doing an investigation of some sort, I need to stop worrying about things like "facts" and "correctness". When making judgements on things, it's often easier to make things up based on things we've heard or make sweeping generalizations. It's much easier this way and pretty peaceful! It's taken the stress out of my life.
I'm now to be scheduled to appear on a well-known 24-hour news network as a so called "expert"! And I didn't even need a PhD!
Thanks Cooper! You've changed my life!
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