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Jaffe Responds to Sensationalist CNN Anchor

Jaffe-"Dear @ErinBurnett : you, ma'am, are at best an idiot that @cnn should be ashamed to have as an anchor. At worst, you are the worst kind of American: one who has allowed the healthy desire for success to morph into a capitalistic cancer that makes it ok to ignore the facts in order to make your product more appealing, regardless of the consequences. To make matters worse, your own views about video games- which you seem to have no problem sharing with your hundreds of thousands of viewers- clearly have not been formed by any actual research or real life experience with the medium.
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2pacalypsenow  +   1105d ago | Well said
finally someone strikes back
user3915800   1105d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(10)
LOGICWINS  +   1105d ago
I agree with David, but I disagree with the way he said it. This is no where near as mature as this

Theres a difference between lashing out and and making a sound counter argument. Jaffe tends to get over-emotional. The mainstream media believes that gamers are angry, violent immature brats. Jaffe's tantrum only solidified that stereotype.
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grifter024  +   1105d ago
LOGICWINS- Difference between the two is that Sessler did not get steam rolled and bullied into the argument or get talked over, they gave him time to talk and say what he had to say without putting in a lot of arguments. Watch other videos on Fox with Sessler and see what they do even to him and see how he has to defend his stance on FOX.

NLV- Did you SEE the video? She was dead set on making the psychologist say out right "Games make people kill." How in your mind is that something that should be on television? How come no one says that all the tv shows about cops and shootings on national tv don't cause people to kill?

I agree with David, yes he says stuff that makes no sense sometimes but in this case I agree with him 100%...she is trashing his way of living and I bet she would do the same if he trashed hers in a video game.
LOGICWINS  +   1105d ago
Does anyone have the link to the video Jaffe is responding to?

EDIT: No need. gt it dwn below :)
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dcbronco  +   1105d ago

Sometimes someone needs to lash out. You can as eloquent as possible and get nowhere. So when trying to remove a wall sometimes you have to use a sledgehammer. If news channels had any class this wouldn't have been a story. But few people in the business do anymore. They use witch hunts to make a profit. It's not about addressing real issues.

People have always been violent. And the US congress has a lot of nerve speaking out about anything. But any reporter will give far more weight to that congressperson than they will to a developer. If you want to look at who causes violence look at a school shooter and a congressman. A school shooter just happened to play games. Or watched a movie. Before those things existed, people still did a lot of killing. Children were taken to executions as a day out. So there is no evidence that games cause violence.

Look at a congressperson. They vote for declarations of war. They vote for money to continue wars. They buy the weapons. They know that enemies hide within the civilian population and they bomb them anyway. It's estimated that as many as a million Iraqi civilians were killed during the war. And since congress allows tens of thousands of armed contractors to remain you can bet many more Iraqi civilians still die.

Video games win on the amount of deaths caused a million to 0 compared to a US congressman. SO to blame a developer should make them lash out when so many are still stupid enough to put any weight behind the words of members of the media or congress.
Aceman18  +   1105d ago
i agree with everything Jaffe said after watching that segment i'd want to cuss that b*tch out.

my aunt took me to see horror movies at the age of 4, and i've been playing games since then and not once till this day (now 39) have i wanted to go out shoot people or kill anyone. i knew all that stuff was just fantasy.
adorie  +   1105d ago
I want to see David Jaffe with a lightsabre now.
otherZinc  +   1105d ago
I 2nd that David!
Dirtnapstor  +   1105d ago
what about "slander" or "libel" issues when it comes to the media outlets spewing erroneous rhetoric concerning the issue and showing game play footage/images of the various shooters? Should the likes of Activision and EA be outraged???
I'd be pissed if they were tossing my product around with such associations and inaccuracies!
showtimefolks  +   1105d ago
I am with Jaffe on this one, it seems like to me gaming has taken cheap shots from all ends yet when someone from our side is aggressive than All of the sudden it's wrong

So y'all can blame all your issues on games yet not looking at anything else but when Jaffe says something it's regarded as he is not coming across right?

Killing on name of religion
Killing for sake of killing
Killing because you have s sick mind
Killing because you are mentally ill or retarded
Killing in useless wars on terrorist

So I am sure when someone raises a gun to shoot someone it's because they played GTA or COD. In new Orleans where I live people are shooting each other left and right so is this on gaming too?

And what happened in that school shooting is all fake anyway. How could it be that the so called kids who died never existed? Those names belonged to already dead senior citizens?

How could it be that Facebook pages were created for those kids 3-4 days before the shooting actually happened?

How could it be that one of the dead kids who was a hired actor mt Obama but she was suppose to be dead?

All this shit is done to blame 2 things

Controlling guns
And blaming entertainment media such as games
mechlord  +   1105d ago
HEHE :) Epic :)

I'm not sure what makes your argument look more ignorant: the fact that you don't back up your idiotic statement by showing a correlation to the current health of America's agriculture sector with the popularity of Farmville OR the fact that the sick, deranged evil loser who killed those poor kids in Norway had picked such a poor 'training' tool that after 700 hours of play, he was only capable of hitting little kids with his bullets versus the well armed pretend terrorists and highly skilled virtual soldiers that he was battling in the game
Tultras  +   1105d ago
When has journalism ever been about reporting the facts?
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Timesplitter14  +   1105d ago
I fucking love people like David Jaffe who just barge into a place and speaks their mind, not even bothering about being politically correct.
Awesome_Gamer  +   1104d ago
Gotta love Jaffe. I would have done the same if I were him, sure he is loud but he got his point across.
morganfell  +   1104d ago
"I said it before and I am going to say it again, until these journalist realize that ritalin, Prozac, Xenex, Zoloft, and any other antidepressants is the reason for these violence."

And fluoride is used by the government for mind control.

Jaffe is right that games do not make you a better shooter. After all COD isn't the EST 2000. But games do allow you to train tactics which is a wholly different beast from shooting. And if Jaffe doesn't think that violent games and Hollywood do not factor into these shootings then he is wrong.

Notice I do not say that violent games and Hollywood are to blame. No, not at all. The individual is to blame. Period. And the individual should be executed swiftly in a public, gruesome manner. But violent games and movies do desensitize a person.
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Nate-Dog  +   1105d ago
I'd still give her one. Might have to use some brown tape over that mouth though.
iNMyFiN4LH0uR  +   1105d ago
can someone post to what he is responding too?
izumo_lee  +   1105d ago

Watch the video in this article. Jaffe is right Erin Burnett is an embarrassment to the way journalist should act. I've seen her sometimes in some of these issues & she really is annoying all the time.

Good on Jaffe to speak his mind & not stand for someone who clearly has no idea what she is talking about.
KING85  +   1105d ago
Just watched the video and I have to agree with Jaffe on this one. She came out with an assumption and tried to state it as fact. I'm assuming from her dialogue she's had no real exposure to these games, and she cites references GTA as all news journalists appear to do when this topic presents itself. Her journalism in this case was pitiful as it appears she was attempting to coax the interviewee in joining in on her opinion.
I can't say positively if there's an underlying connection between violence and video games as I would have to do more research. What does appear to be possible is that many people who do go on these wild shooting rampages usually have some mental/social condition which has some effect on their cognitive and decision making skills. Bullying, social awkwardness, feeling isolated, etc are often social factors which can play a part in these things. Not implying that these are constant factors, but some of these conditions can be underlying factors. I guess more research has to be done for any sound reasoning to be made.
Sardunos  +   1105d ago
Here is the original story -
psyxon  +   1105d ago
got DAYUM. he went in on her.
xXBlondieVanHarlowXx  +   1105d ago
lol yeah ^_^ She deserved it. Tomorrow we'll either see her apologising or a new anchor.

Either way Jaffe is such a Badass @_@ <3
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PurpHerbison  +   1105d ago
Both of them need a dose of STFU.
jtenma  +   1105d ago
Are you serious?

We have taken this sh%$ long enough! It is about time we said something. This man is sticking up for YOU.

...OR he should be, or else my next question will be "why are you here?"
cl1983  +   1105d ago
I believe purp meant the dr and cnn anchor.
PurpHerbison  +   1105d ago
Jumping to conclusions is the best possible thing you can do.
HammadTheBeast  +   1105d ago
So do you apparently. I joke.
Sardunos  +   1105d ago
The credit URL at 4Player Network has the original exposition on it as well.
GreenRanger  +   1105d ago
The news reporter clearly hates games.
What "facts" was she talking about? There's no proof that games cause people to be violent.
Some people will see only what they want to see.
Take this picture of this sexy woman, for example.

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deep_fried_bum_cake  +   1105d ago
Damn she's hot. I love that slender physique.

rainslacker  +   1105d ago
You know...just once I would like to see one of these people that get interviewed like this ask which study or studies the anchor is referring to when asked that question or being told studies show it's true. Print media used to require sources to be cited for review, and that's not something you see anymore unless it's on those "satire" news shows. The news room should not be a place for hyperbole, particularly when it's not even somewhat factual hyperbole.

She's an annoying bitch who sold out her journalistic integrity to get a top spot on a major news show. Raise your standards a bit.
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deep_fried_bum_cake  +   1105d ago
My comment was actually just a wee joke based on GreenRanger_'s joke about people only seeing what the want to see. I was talking about his picture of the "sexy woman".

I wouldn't touch someone who is as much of a c**t as that with a barge pole. I do have standards.
rainslacker  +   1105d ago
Ah, my bad then.:) I rarely click on picture or video links.
paddystan  +   1105d ago
Im a member of the organization the Norwegian killer tried to kill everyone in (It's called AUF). And I can honestly say that the murderer was mentally unstable. I has nothing to do with video games. So David is right.
air1  +   1105d ago
Lmfao! She should have just tide in that sentetor story at the end with gta, she could of just said... But look i bet this guy played gta! I got proof! Lol

Its a shame they seemed more concerned for the ones that make the guns.. But since guns dont kill ppl!

Why doesnt anyone mention big pharma? You know... Those drugs that have a football field size of side effects! I know you heard the commercials.. The hole damn clip is about hey you have this disese? Try this but if any of this happens.

............................. ............................... ..?............................ ............................?.. ...................?


and then it has a 3 page letter at the bottom in small print on other sh!t that might go wrong..

And thats for over the counter meds! What makes you think big pharma is doing any better with the other drugs..
MultiConsoleGamer  +   1105d ago
While this woman was clearly a loud mouth idiot, I have to still have to say something....

This is the man who created a car combat game where Sweet Tooth is a serial killer who murdered his own family. And if he wins a contest being held by satan, he will get his one dream, the ability to murder his daughter over and over again, in hell, for all eternity. (And why his daughter? Because she was the only one who fought back when he killed his family, and that somehow made the killing more pleasurable for him.)

This is not the man to be defending our hobby. Not at all.
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theWB27  +   1105d ago
Why not if he creates the games the news is trying to blame. The biggest hypocrisy is they blame games..and the whole time they have a fps playing SHOOTING people in the backround. The bigger reason these people do it is because of the sensationalist celebrity that is given to the murderers by these news outlets. They know they'll go down in history and get 15 mins of fame..mixed with clear mental issues.
MultiConsoleGamer  +   1105d ago
Why not? Because there is a pretty clear argument that Jaffe himself is ****ing crazy and must have an incredible dark side. I would even question whether or not he is an evil person. I mean, what the **** does a car combat game have to do with satan (he isn't called that in the game), killing your family, and the whole Sweet Tooth serial killer story line? A psychologist would have a field day with this guy.

I agree with you about most of the other stuff you said. These media whores always need a scapegoat. It's easier than actually producing quality, informative journalism and sensationalism always gets more viewers. Sad but true.
Baka-akaB  +   1105d ago
This is a ridiculous point imo . You are just feeding their opinion and making them feeling right if only "peaceful" games devs are the one talking and representing the media , while violent games creators shy away and lay low .

It's actually guys like that needing to be on the frontline pssionately arguing for their right to free storytelling and graphic depiction , violent , disturbed or not ... in a mannered and polite way or not .

No point from the likes of jaffe in hiding out . They are blamed either way , so they should just go for the jugular .
Guns reps have no fear or shame doing it after all
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rainslacker  +   1105d ago
There are a bunch of sick and twisted movies out there, but that doesn't mean that the makers of them are deranged in any way. A Clockwork Orange was pretty sick and twisted in it's day...hell even by today's standards...but Stanley Kubrick was pretty well balanced. In his case he even regretted making the movie because of the copycat crimes that happened afterwards. I think he shouldn't have regretted it, because it was a brilliant movie that addressed many of the issues that we are discussing on this very thread, long before it was as relevant as it is now.
neoMAXMLC  +   1105d ago
Yeah you're right. We should have the creative director of Farmville defending our hobbies only. Not those with absolute creative freedom in the same league as horror movie directors or explicit song writers. /s

By the way do those two other forms of entertainment get blamed for stupid sht any more? No, because time and time again, the media has failed to link any sort of violence to them. It used to be rock n roll. It used to be comics. Now they're trying to use video games as a scapegoat.

Regarding your opinion over David Jaffe, unless he actually has any sort of violent record AT ALL, you have no point to make. This is simply a man who won't let censorship hold him back. Our favorite forms of entertainment shouldn't be pussified just so we can have a "valid" excuse to stand up against the media.
Lifebanisher  +   1105d ago
its not the video games that kill. it's the person who has the gun and pulls the trigger. video games prevent people from doing alot of bad stuff it's kind of like a form of release. Instead of getting bored in the house and leaving people play video games it also prevents your child from having drugs, sex, violence at an early age. Truth is if the media doesn't report this shootings people won't hear about it and then people that are psychotic wouldn't have an idea. Ty mr david jaffe for speaking up.
SAE  +   1105d ago
1)If your remove guns from the people there will be less murders if none. it's a fact and my country proves it. only police/mercenaries/army kill here ...

2)If governments were providing everything the people need there will be less reasons to do these things. they also need to have and give a reason or a goal to all people in the country . to focus doing it instead of fight for stupid things. for example providing jobs to all the poor people ..

3) People need to learn there childrens to respect every living person even if they disagree with them. learn to share there money/feelings to the poor . that way all sides will respect each other and no one will ever think about killing because they wouldnt need these things . they will think about something greater..

Games does effect us but not that way. if we raised good we wouldnt even think about it . you need to open your mind for everything whether it's bad or good . aknowledge the bad and good so that you dont get effected of the bad and recognise it in anywhere ..
GribbleGrunger  +   1105d ago
Good for you Jaffe ... You decided to put this through the grammar checker before submitting!
Skate-AK  +   1105d ago
Get emmmmmm.
troncoparati  +   1105d ago
Someone had to say it...Go Jaffe GO!!!
justlikeme  +   1105d ago
Not even ONE profanity? I'm impressed Jaffe!
Skyliner12  +   1105d ago
Why is it there only seem to be the massive amount of 2 people (Jaffe, Sessler) in the industry that seem to be willing to pop up and say, "Hey, we're not all murderers. Here are some facts."

Please tell me there's someone else out there with a brain adding to this?
cyguration  +   1105d ago
Nope, because idiot anti-journalist in the gaming media only speak up when their precious publishers tell them to.

You want to fight for your rights as a consumer? You can count on corrupt gaming media to shout you down, put you down and bad mouth you into oblivion.

You don't like these new EULA clauses? You can count on corrupt gaming media to enforce it.

You don't like those skyrocketing prices? You can count on corrupt media to support it.
madara0sama  +   1105d ago
"you should quit and go try to be on something like The View"
All my lols.
HonestDragon  +   1105d ago
Good on Jaffe to speak his mind to someone who obviously hates video games. Erin Burnett is an embarrassment to news media, as are many other so-called news correspondents. This whole thing of blaming video games for incidents of violence has gone on long enough and it's about time we have people speaking up about it. As a matter of fact, maybe it's time to put those who blame video games for violence Under the Knife and see how well their case holds up. Excuse me, while I go get some writing done.
Relientk77  +   1105d ago
Good job Jaffe, you're awesome
DigitalSmoke  +   1105d ago
Good point, but i wouldn't talk after the cluster fuck called Twisted Metal on the PS3.
Run_bare  +   1105d ago
CNN too?? I thought only FOX is stupid.
Ares84HU  +   1105d ago
And what did the CNN reporter say?? Does anyone have the link to that story?
Seisan  +   1105d ago
Just scroll down:
ThyMagicSword  +   1105d ago
Jaffe created the character Sweet Tooth (who is a serial killer clown), which killed his own family, twisted fantasies. The clown character fits David Jaffe really well, he looks like one of those teenies, who worship serial killers for whatever reason ... really childish if you ask me. The CNN reporter talks just to talk, she has clearly no idea of what she's talking, this world is full of twisted people.
Max-Zorin  +   1105d ago
Anyone that think video games make people violent need to jump off the closest bridge.
ThyMagicSword  +   1105d ago
Videogames can make people "violent", if someone is mentally unstable (which does not seem to be a rarity these days), even "normal people" can be mentally unstable, from the outside they look normal, but from the inside something does not work like it should. I don't understand where is the fun at shooting NPC's that resemble real people or hacking and slashing humans into pieces in some videogames, where is the sense? There is none at all, it is just sadistic, the makers of those games know how to attract certain groups of people.
FFXI101  +   1105d ago
I think is the other way around. Video game keep us busy, it helps release stress, it is very therapeutic if you ask me. And if there is no video game or if they take video game away from us...I bet you there will be more violent crimes on the street than now.

I don't get the why there is so much hate towards video game?

When there are media, movie, tv industries promoting more violence everyday than the video games, and then there is the thing called "Internet" People could probably find "How to" on many subjects that could endanger others.

Should we all talk about banning them as well?
ThyMagicSword  +   1104d ago
I agree with you, partially. Do we need videogames to avoid crimes "on the street"? I don't think so. I do not hate videogames, because I play them myself (but not the ones, where physical or moral violence is applied on human-like lifeforms, violence on animals in videogames disturbs me too). So, now to your argument about the media in general: movie/tv/internet etc., that is why I do not watch TV, because it is filled with brainless crap, most movies I do not watch (filled with crap) and let us not talk about the internet, the internet can be a very useful tool if you want to inform yourself about various things (not how to endanger the person you don't like or crap like this), but the internet is also filled with crap, most of the internet is filled with useless things like(porn/violence/misinformat ion/mobbing and so on), if someone uses the internet in a rightful manner, there shouldn't be problems, same with videogames.
leemo19  +   1105d ago
I like foamy the squirrel answer about violent video games

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