Recently, Roger Ebert has said that it's impossible for a video game to be art, Uwe Boll has been signed for another movie deal, and a man killed a kitten over unplugging a video game console. This is a list that says that we (gamers) are not all like this, it explains why these people are wrong and exactly why everyone on this list is a danger and an enemy to video games. Here are the 10 people (or kind of people) who give video games a bad name.
Uwe Boll is the director of such Oscar-worthy video-game-to-film adaptations as Bloodrayne, Postal, House of the Dead and Far Cry (all of which, as we all know, totally sucked).
He's #1 on this list because no matter how much attention people pay to the news, no matter what legislation goes through and no matter how much social stereotypes are enforced by a certain demographic, nothing sways people who are ignorant about the art, challenge and passion involved in gaming away from a positive opinion more than seeing "another crappy video game movie".
Uwe Boll = Roger Ebert fuel
The man is an endless factory of these "just another crappy video game movie" things and we are sick of it.
If he was just a horrible director who was trying his best and was well-intentioned that would be one thing, but he's not. He's just a horrible director who's trying to make endless amounts of money and knows how to get a movie distributed.
At 01:44 in this video (a great video to make you realize why he's such a huge enemy to gaming) he says the following about why he makes video game movies:
"We have focused on video game movies because video games are known worldwide and already on sale in the individual countries and then it's naturally much easier to sell the film. So basically this was a pure marketing measure. I do not play video games at all."
After seeing him do to an angry fan what he does to video game properties we enjoy or could possibly enjoy if the movie was directed by someone who cares, you realize that he's a brilliant business man for even getting people to pay for what he does.
You know who else is a brilliant business man? Lex Luthor.
He's one of the worst offenders of people who give gaming a bad name and every time any of us buys a ticket to any of his movies, we're basically saying "yeah, sure, go ahead and make The Legend of Zelda, we don't care. You have carte blanche on ANY property that might deserve an audience, but has that chance taken away from it once it's hit your clutches". see more on Uwe Boll
Roger Ebert is a brave man and one of the most intelligent, well-read and respectable movie critics of all time.
But he doesn't know a thing about gaming.
Recently (as this hot girl to the left with the unfortunate YouTube video still image will tell you), he went on record as saying that it is impossible for video games to be art.
This, again, is tarnishing the great leaps and bounds games are making lately by slowing down public opinion of them and setting the clock back YEARS on what it would be with the right support from such influential critics.
The close-minded, myopic view that Roger Ebert has is that which was given to films when they first came out, one that used to be applied to television and one that will seem just as outdated and ridiculous once video games get the respect they deserve.
Even after considering such groundbreaking and artistically astounding games like Braid and Flower, Roger Ebert maintains that at best, these video games viewed by most as well-made and artful are at best "pathetic".
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The Needlessly Violent
So, these are pretty much the worst of the worst. Some people just have stupid opinions and motives when it comes to video games as a medium, but these are the people in the public that need to calm down about the whole thing the most.
Don't get us wrong, there's so much to be taken from gaming and a lot of passions drive us to get that next achievement, to progress to the next level up or to beat that next boss... but there's a difference between caring about what you're doing and taking it too far.
These are the sick, twisted individuals with intrinsic problems in their thinking that will do things like the following cases. They give all of us a bad name because they get so much media attention, people assume that more of us are like this. All (many) of us are not really this twisted:
1) So, recently a man killed a kitten (that's right, he did what ALL of us jokingly accuse the most EVIL people of doing) over that kitten unplugging his console. He threw the kitten against a wall when it unplugged his game, and did so in front of a young child and his mother.
2) Kid kills his mother because she took away his Halo, almost fatally wounds father.
(Video to the left)
3) Two kids fight to the death over whose turn it is to play a certain video game, one wins (dah dah dah dah dah dun-den DAH DUN DUNDUN...)
And these are just a few examples of the worst POSSIBLE kind of person to represent gamers in the news. They inspire witch-hunt style retaliation (see the clinton and lieberman items below) and ignorant people to assume that all video games are the CAUSE of this and that we are all evil.
Video Game T-Shirt Makers
Click the image to the left for a gallery of examples of why the Hot Topics and novelty store shops of the world are huge enemies to gaming and are give all of us a bad name.
We're not all ironic-Elvis-glasses-wearing date rapists.
Look through them. Look through these shirts. People SELL these shirts... for MONEY.
Sure, some of them were great puns when they first came out, but their overuse by the WRONG crowd, as well as the ironic sexual innuendos that they represent tell everyone "every gamer has THIS kind of a sense of humor and we all have a comedic sense of delusion" (I mean that doesn't apply to ALL of us, right?)
Anyway, consider this item a lobby for more intelligent video game shirts in pop culture. If you have links to any good gaming shirts, please feel free to include them in the comments.
(Images from gamesradar.com)
People Like This
Alright, I know I know. We're not trying to say anything about anyone of a particular weight or aesthetic nature.
We're just trying to say, that anyone who acts like people in this South Park episode (a.k.a. someone who finds trouble telling the difference between reality and the game they're in), gives gaming a bad name.
They are to gaming what alcoholics that beat their kids are to alcohol. Alcohol is generally harmless, it's a LOT of fun in moderation, it makes people's lives better sometimes, but can often consume the right people with the wrong personalities: much like video games.
This social stereotype has plagued gaming throughout its entire run and people that function well in society and are actually quite awesome, funny or even attractive have a hard time not being seen as one of these guys.
You mostly see this social stereotype on games/films that are trying to make an easy joke on the very few who actually go this far, but when anyone in the world stops taking care of themselves and starts caring more about a game than reality, they are making ALL OF US look bad.
The guy who died in an internet cafe, the people who leave their spouses for people on Warcraft (not the fault of the game, but of the happiness in their relationship), as well as the people who deteriorate like Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman did in this episode are doing themselves a disservice and are giving real people an example of why they should think like Tipper Gore, Joe Lieberman and Glen Beck.
Joe Lieberman & Tipper Gore
Joe Lieberman (the guy who ran for Vice President back when Al Gore ran in 2000) is one of the foremost leaders against video games. He has singlehandedly fought a war against video game violence and has even been quoted as saying that he thinks they should be banned altogether.
At least Tipper Gore is against complete banning (nowadays).
Lieberman believes that one of the leading mediums in the world (video games) deserves to be not just monitored and labeled, but REGULATED.
I know we wouldn't want any big government deciding what fatalities get included in the next Mortal Kombat game.
Researchers that agree with him have even went as far to compare the lack of link between actual violence and violence in video games to the lack of link that previously existed between lung cancer and smoking.
(Even though Hitler didn't even play Pac-Man and most people who do commit crimes after playing certain games have deeper psychological issues which are later discovered).
And now, without further delay, here's a video of George W. Bush kissing Joe Lieberman.
Alright, nobody really likes Glenn Beck and he pretty much gives everyone a bad name. So why include him in this list?
Because he was Fox News's leading pundit on comdnemning Grand Theft Auto. How is he different than all the other pundits/politicians on this list that did the same thing?
He directly said that playing this game is training our children to kill. He cited non-existent research that someone playing GTA is exactly the same as telling kids it's okay to kill and exactly how to do it.
If every time a violence in video games issue comes up, Beck is just going to cite non-existent facts to try and rise people against whatever game is currently popular to dump on if you're a social conservative, then he is a great enemy not only to video games, but to all media. see more on Glenn Beck
Hillary Clinton went on a mission against violence in video games a little while ago and began pushing for the FEDERAL regulation of the ESRB ratings on video games (M for Mature, 14+, etc.).
Here's a quote from her:
"There is no doubting the fact that the widespread availability of sexually explicit and graphically violent video games makes the challenge of parenting much harder. I will be exploring legislation to help parents with this challenge when it comes to purchasing video games soon and I hope you will work with me to ensure that the ratings system - the best tool parents have to filter this material - is meaningful."
This would mean fines for selling MA games to minors and basically doing some more of trying to cure the symptoms of violence in children and not the disease. It starts with the parents and if parents are buying their kids video games with "M" ratings and are then surprised when they see graphic images in the game, then it is their fault for not educating themselves.
The "M" in the ESRB rating doesn't stand for "doesn't laugh during a funeral" mature, it stands for "can see an R rated movie" mature.
Hillary Clinton is an enemy to gaming because she's spreading the demonization of games she hasn't played and doesn't understand.
Oh yes, here's a video of Bill Maher joking around by putting Hillary in her OWN violent video game.
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