Mass Retraction

30 01 2008

Cooper Lawrence

Cooper Lawrence, the psychologist who savaged Mass Effect on Fox News last week, has issued a retraction of her statements. Quoted in the New York Times (link has reg wall), she said:

In an interview on Friday, Ms. Lawrence said that since the controversy over her remarks erupted she had watched someone play the game for about two and a half hours. “I recognize that I misspoke,” she said. “I really regret saying that, and now that I’ve seen the game and seen the sex scenes it’s kind of a joke.

“Before the show I had asked somebody about what they had heard, and they had said it’s like pornography,” she added. “But it’s not like pornography. I’ve seen episodes of ‘Lost’ that are more sexually explicit.”

Fox, of course, are not so fair and balanced:

Electronic Arts, the giant publisher that owns Mass Effect, has asked Fox News for a correction. A Fox News spokesman would say only that Electronic Arts had been offered a chance to appear on the channel.

Intransigent media outlets notwithstanding, it’s great to see a games business fight back successfully against bad press and get some huge coverage in the process. Hopefully this will be a touchstone for further videogame controversies, causing people to question rather than swallow negative coverage and more easily take up opposition to it.


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