Weekend Confirmed 148 - Disney Infinity, Path of Exile, CES 2013, video game legislation

By Jeff Mattas, Jan 18, 2013 11:00am PST

On this week's episode of Weekend Confirmed, hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata are joined by "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Machinima's Andrea Rene. This time out, everyone heads up a segment of the show. Andrea kicks things off with some Disney Infinity discussion, Garnett talks about CES 2013 and the magic of 4K televisions, Mattas starts a chat about the recent legislative action surrounding video game violence, and Cannata shares some positive impressions about the Path of Exile closed beta. Finishing Moves puts a bow on it all, and is followed by another playoff edition of the post-show NFL TailGate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 148: 1/18/2013

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  • Can someone explain exactly how the bill is a bad thing? It won't stop kids from buying video games. People often underestimate kids want for the out of reach material that is not for them.

    You have seen it in comics, in movies and most especially in music.


    Hell you would almost think any savvy publisher would want the controversy / warning labels all over the games. I do remember back on 1UP Yours that John Davison was talking about how the kids he was dealing with already had plans how to get GTAIV months before that came out.

    Kids want the violent, weird, other products and they will always find ways to get them (my friends older brother buying him Perfect Dark was my earliest encounter with this.)

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    • Here's why the bill is a bad idea in my opinion:
      It doesn't do a damn thing to address the problem it's suppose to.
      First off all major games are rated already. For any game that's not rated there's nothing anyone can do about it. You can't stop someone from publishing something and you can't make them display a rating unless you can convince a court it's "obscene" and that's a pretty high bar, and that bar is going to get even higher when try to apply it to games in fictional settings. I suppose the rating agency could apply a rating after release and publish it somewhere but that's pretty much useless. Same thing for sales of games. Unless you can convince a court that Call of Duty is the same as porn there isn't much you can do about it. A freedom of speech argument is going to trump all of the above.

      Next, no normal well adjusted person has ever gone a killing spree because they played too many shooters. Not one single violent event will be prevented by not allowing a kid to play M rated games. The reality is the people who commit these acts are evil and sometimes gravitate towards violent media. It's not the other way around. The media does not make them evil or insane or both.

      So that's great, some politician can grand stand about "doing something" but in reality he's just taking effort away from things that could really help prevent these events. It's pretty transparent that he's targeting one of the few forms of media that still has a stigma around it and isn't entirely mainstream. Every year there are movies released that are more violent/gruesome than video games are but no one want to pass a law preventing minors from seeing those. Movie theaters may not allow minors to see them but it's not against the law.

      Let's debate mental health, gun control, or public security. Plenty to figure out there. Let's not waste time and effort proposing and discussing things that have nothing to do with the problem of mass shootings. On the positive side this guy get's his name in the headlines and gains some name recognition for the next election, oh and some "family" groups will throw some donations his way, maybe even some media groups will give him some money to help him better "understand" the issues. I'm sure all he really cares about is "solving the problem", right?