Modern Warfare 2 On Fox & Friends

This morning, American broadcast network Fox brought its "fair and balanced" reporting to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The headline? "A game that lets you play as a terrorist?"

That was followed with this pre-commercial quip: "Is the game going too far? We're going to have a fair and balance debate to find out."

Jon Christensen of website Slash Gamer and Common Sense media CEO Jim Steyer discussed the issue with the Fox host. Reader Ryan transcribed the conversation from his television set. It follows:

Fox Host: Jim, you got some problems with this game?

Jim: It's mainly for adults and a well made game, but there's no doubt there's a link between violent video games and kids.

Fox Host: Jon, you essentially get to be a terrorist and kill people and it's very realistic.

Jon: You're not actually a terrorist. You're a CIA undercover agent. You are infiltrating a terrorist organisation and the game specifically says, when you go into, uh when you work with this terrorist organisation. You are um... (Jon loses his train of thought, awkward moment) You are a a a uh a a a CIA operative. (chuckles) I'm sorry.

Fox Host: Jim at what age is this game appropriate or is it ever appropriate?

Jim: The main issue with violent video games, including very well made made games like COD. There's no question there's colouration between violent games and kids blah blah*. It's up to the parent to decide whether they buy the game for their son or daughter blah blah*. You need to use common sense. *blah blah blah added by reader Ryan

Fox Host: I'll give you the final word, Jon.

Jon: Kids can definitely pick up the game. If parents buy it for them. I have a buddy who's a manager of a store. Little kids came in to buy the game and he asked if they were over 17. They said no, so he didn't sell them the game. Retailers are doing a good job. It's been proven time and time again.

Fox Host: You bring a violent game into a house with an eight-year-old, nothing to stop that kid from playing it and becoming a terrorist... on a video game.

Jon: That's ridiculous! You're not a terrorist! It's pixelated violence! You're not a terrorist!

Fox Host: It's violence.

Jon: (closing his eyes) It's not real. It's not real.

Fox Host: Jon and Jim. The debate goes on.

Not nearly as exciting as Fox's take on Mass Effect!

And yes, we'll post the actual show clip when it pops up online.


    Wow, Jon Christensen sure is a persuasive and articulate spokesperson for the gaming industry... wait, no, the other thing. He's terrible.

    This is the guy defending violent video games with mature content? Seriously? What's next? Covering his ears and screaming "LALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" at people with differing opinions?

    Seriously What else do you expect of Fox news if ever there was a candidate for forced steriliseation its them

    Jim: The main issue with violent video games, including very well made made games like COD. There’s no question there’s "COLOURATION" between violent games and kids blah blah*

    Should probably be correlation.

    Man, have you ever seen a group of people with such huge shit-eating grins? Sometimes I don't get Americans (at least, the ones who watch Fox News)

      shit-eating grins. love it.

    I've never seen a FOX news clip that bore even a passing resemblance to intelligent discussion. It's as if their research department consists of five epileptic clowns under a strobe light, playing twister.
    FOX is like the WWE of the journalistic world; it's laughably fake, but an inexplicable amount of people take it seriously anyway.

      it's called the media. if you have a problem with it then it isn't for you. the media is for people who can't make up their own minds, they get told what to believe. if you have a brain then you don't need the media so much

        sooooo glennc, you're saying that to overcome the problem of biased media we need to ignore it, and form our own opinions based on... what? the fact is that the media gives you an interpretation, a selection of opinions that they obviously edit to meet their agenda, and you need to fill in the blanks. an intelligent person, far from 'not needing the media so much', will get their media from more than one source, fill in the blanks and recognize a bogus argument for what it is, biased and having little basis in fact. much like your comment, except i have a sneaking suspicion you are either a.) one of those conspiracy theorist types who simply cannot BELIEVE that people can be so BLIND, or b.) just have a (justified) low self-esteem problem and feel the need to exercise your (misplaced) smug superiority on unsuspecting kotaku posters.

    To Infinity Ward's credit, that whole sequence actually did make me uncomfortable. But then again, isn't that the point? Strip away the story telling and what you have is something that is unarguably going to be talked about long after the game gets old. The worst part is, you know damn well that the next Columbine-style shooter is going to buy this sort of stuff cause it appeals to them, then shoot up a school and MW2 gets the blame. And Fox will be there to re-cap the whole god damn thing.

    He would maybe have been better off not talking about the story implications and made more of a case of how it isn't actually real.

    These people are from FOX and therefore we need not respect them. Jon did give it his best shot though.

    Sounds like it was always going to end in tears. Pitting a web blogger against a likely well articulated CEO used to dealing with traditional media.

    When you as much as agree with part of your opponent's position in your closing remark and then back up your own position by referencing "a mate" as supporting evidence you just lost.

    I'm a little confused however about Jim's about "the link between violent video games and kids" statement. What link? Does it mean if I play violent video games I'll end up having kids, or if I buy a violent video game I get a free kid (while stocks last)?

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