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Video: Sim City Societies Is Brainwashing Your Childrenz!

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There is so much headdesking that will result from watching the following video that I'm going to warn you right now to put a pillow on your keyboard to protect against dain bramage. I link this to y'all, though, so that you can be informed, responsible gaymers who will know the types of asinine arguments the people who oppose our medium make and can intelligently defend against them.

There's not much for me to write about this as it'd be equal parts preaching to the choir and howling at the moon, but a few points to make:


  • Issuing the player a fine (in-game) for polluting is not using "fear", "scare tactics" or "guilt"

  • Fate of the World is not aimed at 5-year-olds

  • Video games appeal to adults as well, so Fate of the World and Sim City Societies have a place for adults even if they're not a fit for your child

  • If you as a parent don't know what's in a game your child is playing, and you can't be bothered to find out, then you lose the right to complain about what your child plays

  • Livestock are slaughtered to make a hamburger; that's why they're called "slaughterhouses". Deal with it

  • Bonus irony points for talking about games freaking kids out using footage of Flower

  • Boredom is subjective; the Sims franchise is pretty frickin' successful for being a "boring" game

As always, you have the ability to control the media you and your children consume. If you don't like the content in a game, don't allow it in your home. Stop hiding behind your offspring and be a goddamn parent.

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11 Comments

Mike said:

Hear, hear.

Ursos said:

I love how they're going on about how these games are using fear mongering. Hmm... How many times did they use the word "fear" in that 3 minute segment? Who, exactly, is doing the fear mongering?!

tropicofanatic said:

This crap is getting out of control. Fox News finds a damn communist conspiracy in everything. And the fact that people consider it a trusted source of news makes you understand how the Nazis got into power. I am also starting to freaking hate most parents. They think their children are so damn special that they have to shield them from everything. They think they can completely sanitize their children's lives. It's like watching a paranoid schizophrenic working around the clock boarding up their houses with tinfoil to keep all light and alien brainwaves from leaking in. It is utterly pathetic.

tropicofanatic said:

One more thing, Sim City Societies is almost FIVE YEARS OLD. Get a life Fox News and try to keep up, huh? Bunch of RW douchebags.

I hate the way media treats children as though they're brain-dead, sure we're more malleable at that stage - but the typical kid is not as stupid as the aforementioned makes them out to be. At all.

Also to the [increasingly typical] parents of the 20th century relying on politics to do your job: don't.

IMPORTANT said:

A VERY IMPORTANT HEADS UP, which I hope all the writers will take into consideration:

When you link to a Fox News site, you are supporting them by adding to their site traffic, and therefore their web ad revenue. However small you think your "contribution" is, by linking lots of other people there, you're making it worse.

You can embed this video, which doesn't entirely erase the problem since I believe it has ads. But you could also (as the writer) get the RealPlayer Downloader and bootleg onto a private YouTube page next time.

Please consider that while you are ranting against Fox News, you're supporting them directly by linking to their site.

Thanks!

Jim said:

Teh stupid hurts! Teh stupid makes burning!

KC said:

Didn't BP collaborate with EA to include renewable energy in SimCity Societies? It's been a while, but I thought that all of the renewable power stations were branded "BP" too. The rationale was to improve the oil giant's public image.

So a big oil corporation spends money on promoting green tech to improve their image...

...but promoting green tech is promoting a liberal, brainwashing, anti-oil/corporation agenda...

...so then, Fox is saying BP is promoting against itself...but...then...*head explodes*

Bryce said:

Brb, just od'ed on fail.

Also I like how when war games (generally one of the most brainwashing types of games, in the most negative ways possible) are alluded to he says, "these [scs, flower, mcdonalds the game] games are boring! Kids should be kids and have fun!"...
Soooo, desensitizing kids with violent imagery and making them think ignorance and hate is cool (via most of what is said/exclaimed/asserted by players in online fps) is all fine and dandy, but you're going to make my kid consider their impact on the environment? Make accessible the thought that maybe big corporations are negatively affecting small business and people? In any way challenge the way we think because of societal fallacy? That just crosses the line.

Gtfo fox

Dave said:

Haha, that was funny, 5 out of 5 points... Hold on.. He is serious?.... Right... Ehm.. Thanks for the heads up on the pillow, sure helped me prevent any serious brain damage...

I could say a lot but I'll just stick to; Aaaaaaaarrrrgggh!


TangeryneBear said:

you know, i read your entire disclaimer... and it still didn't prepare me for the fail that was to come. my head literally hurts from the desk-banging, and i broke a key too. Well at least i know when the world starts to crumble the idiots that actually find this sort of seedy newscast enlightening will be the first to go, due to the lunacy that they actually believe from this garbage. oh and, go fox news failing since the 2000 elections :D

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