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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

CNN talks about "25 to life"... Again.

I talked earlier about CNN's interview with Jack Thompson and "25 to Life", but apparently they decided one interview wasn't enough. CNN has done another piece, with Jack Thompson again as well as Reverend Jerry Falwell.

FALWELL: Well, you know, Grand Theft Auto was bad enough, and there`s so many, many violent video games. That isn`t to say all video games are bad. I suppose, well, 95 percent of America`s children play video games. But the problem is that the violence, the extreme violence, seems to sell better. And I was listening to someone justifying that in the business world, saying it`s -- well, that`s free enterprise. You could make the same case for crack cocaine and heroin. It might be that you can get a crowd and you`d hook people and children would buy it.

I like how he ties Free Enterprise into a crack and cocaine metaphor for selling games. I didn't know that crack and cocaine were legal. I didn't know that crack and cocaine were the same thing as video games. GamePoitics has a little something to say about Jerry Falwell. He has a good point, why is the discussion so unbalanced here?

Jerry Falwell? What's his expertise on the subject? And how does a guy who blamed the September 11th attacks on "sinners" in America have the credibility to get air time on CNN? Don't ever forget what the Reverend Falwell said back then: "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this (9/11) happen...'"

Hopefully concerned parents will never bother to find the website, The top 100 Most Violent Video Games of All Time. If they did, they would have unending ammunition for their crusade against things they don't understand. Amazingly enough, the Grand Theft Auto Series ranks only 34th on the list.