Since we’re going to talk about internet justice, I thought I’d bring up an interesting occurrence.
Consider the case of the “alien sideboob.” Mass Effect was marketed to gamers as having a nude scene. Now, anyone who knows gamers should know the effect of such a claim; this is likely the only time hardcore games would every be able to see any boob. Thus, it was no more than a ingenious marketing ploy for what amounted to about 5 seconds of a side profile of a breast. There are Picasso’s that are more nude.
When the wankers at Fox “News” got a hold of this, they decided to run a story on how Mass Effect “leaves nothing to the imagination” and “pandora’s box is open” and how the game allows players to customize sex scenes. They had a joke of a psychologist Cooper Lawrence on the show to discuss how this will ruin children’s minds. (It was ironic hearing anyone on Fox saying “I gotta go with the research.” Really weird.) The host also at one point made a comment about how it’s unfortunate that parents have to censor what their kids are exposed to. So, I guess it’s unfortunate to her that parents have to parent their kids. Basically, they disregarded that video games are appropriately rated by the ESRB (one of the panel says that they should have their heads examined for not giving the game an adult only rating) and completely misrepresented the game.
After the show, Cooper Lawrence, who plugged her book The Cult of Perfection on the show, received unanimous negative ratings on the books Amazon page, apparently from indignant gamers. The reviews often consisted of a short explanation of why the book was awful, followed by a declaration that the commenter hadn’t actually read the book. (There were actually thousands of comments on the book, but Amazon removed them.)