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Submitted by PulpoTonto 532d ago | opinion piece

Will Sony Be Torn Apart by Congressmen For New Ad Campaign?

Siliconera is reporting that they have one of Sony's new ad campaign's for the PS4. If this is legit, Sony may have chosen to go down a very controversial root begging for a ton of hate from those of the 'Video game violence is ruining our children' persuasion. (PS4)

Majin-vegeta  +   532d ago | Well said
Congress??Lol that's a clown circus in there.

-"Greatness Awaits"-
SilentNegotiator  +   532d ago
Aren't we jumping the gun deciding that congress will be all over an ad that we don't even know to be real?
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fr0sty  +   531d ago
Let's not forget that "getting away with murder" is an idiom that isn't always used in the literal context of actually getting away with killing someone.
inveni0  +   531d ago
I don't think it's real. There's way too much dialog.
aCasualGamer  +   531d ago
Dunno, most politicians are nothing but hypocritical capitalist vultures. This doesn't surprise one bit.

Don't understand why politicians have so much power, they do nothing but take money from the people and they love to start unnecessary wars.
showtimefolks  +   532d ago
i sure hope so, congress and fox news needs to jump on sony and advertise the hell out of them for free lol

imagine if ps4's ad campaign is on national media alert, how much of national advertisement and awareness will sony be getting for free

so yeh stir up the pot lets start something lol
Gh05t  +   532d ago
If your looking for free advertising why would you want Fox news? Why not every other network so at least it goes out to the majority not the small minority that watch FOX.

As if violence in video games is a conservative platform anyways. I see more Democrats from California and Washington complain more than anyone. (Not that repubs don't because they do just saying majority of this issue is brought up from Democrats.)
Mrmagnumman357  +   532d ago
Republicans want to take our games and movies, dems want to take our guns. I think they forgot they were supposed to be protecting our rights!
showtimefolks  +   531d ago
GH05t

Because CNN is a bit smart but fox will run with any story that's why i said fox
knifefight  +   532d ago
How does it keep up with the news like that?
https://www.youtube.com/wat...

:D
DeadlyFire  +   531d ago
Get rid of Opinion piece articles. This is a news site. Rumors are fine. Opinions are not always valued. Should be optional.....
xploz1on  +   532d ago
Hahaha, true that Veggie! ;)
LordHiggens  +   532d ago
Do it Sony.
SoapShoes  +   532d ago
Any publicity is good publicity. haha well not ALWAYS true but it could get them more time in the news and more people aware.

However I doubt it will from the sounds of this commercial. Doesn't sound there will be mass hysteria over it.
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PulpoTonto  +   532d ago
Get them in the news saying their console will turn your child into a gun-toting lunatic - go buy one now for Little Timmy's christmas present! Mixed messages maybe? ;P
Mrmagnumman357  +   532d ago
This is somewhat true. It will put ps4 in the limelight, and of course kids will see the shooting game and find a way to get a ps4 :D
GribbleGrunger  +   532d ago
This article is spot on in my opinion.

“Who are you to be ordinary? You, who could get away with murder, or raise the dead…”.

Those there words could cost Sony (note the word 'could').
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Minato-Namikaze  +   532d ago
As opposed to saying "can". Some people are just too uptight. Just chillax and mellow out. ( not you specifically)
Myze  +   532d ago
I'm usually not one to be uptight or oversensitive to video game violence/rhetoric. However, from a business standpoint, that line should not be released.

They can come up with something else that would be just as effective, without the unnecessary media attention of alluding to the player as a murderer. They could easily change it to something more about becoming an assassin or spy, where the connotation of the word isn't so readily open to outrage.

It wouldn't even be censorship, because I doubt Sony wants to convey their gamers as murderers, even referring to a game (afterall, it's pretty rare you are just a straight-up cold-blooded murdering bad guy in a game).
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mediate-this  +   532d ago
assassin is the epitome of murder lol
GribbleGrunger  +   532d ago
I think you're missing his point there fella. He's just pointing out that 'assassins', whilst still related to murder, doesn't relate to any 'control' words currently doing the rounds in the media.

But my personal view is that it shouldn't even be in the ballpark. Yes, this could never happen but why even risk it?
rainslacker  +   532d ago
It's really all about context. Unfortunately nowadays, you don't need to have things in context for the media to go apesh*t over it.

I'm not terribly oversensitive about these things, but that part about murder is a bit much, and seems like it would be cut if this were real. Just too many bad connotations, and if anything tragic were to happen like Sandy Hook the media would jump all over it like game makers condone that sort of thing.

I agree with Myze though, it's possible to convey a similar message using better words, and quite frankly there were a lot of things in that rumored commercial that don't make great advertising. It seemed to be made to offend as many groups as possible.
NastyLeftHook0  +   532d ago
congressmen are puppets. the 1% rule.

anyways its a cool add.
Lucreto  +   532d ago
It might be brought up on Fox News. They always try to find fault with Games.

I think congress are too busy with Benghazi, health care defunding votes and generally wasting taxs payers money to care.
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AznGaara  +   532d ago
Wait you think actual real world problems will stop congress from framing videogames? Pshhhh
brettski  +   532d ago
You need to take off your msnbc glasses. After they come for guns they will come for violent games and movies. If you think anyone in congress or the senate has your best interest in mind you are a fool. It's a power grab on all sides
ChickenOfTheCaveMan  +   532d ago
If you look at Australia that has strict guns policies and video games violence/sexuality policies, they're not missing much.

There are some banned video games, but they're pretty bad titles and the reasons they were banned for are legit.

Take off your tea party glasses and look into issues with some common sense.
Dirtnapstor  +   531d ago
Agreed brettski.

@wackyvee
Give them an inch and they will take a mile... Tea Party movement is about reigning in common sense once again and getting back to basic fundamentals of governance. Don't simply accept the counter-talking points of the liberals, do your homework yourself.
T2  +   532d ago
Im more afraid of people who watch fox news than those who play video games
Qrphe  +   532d ago
Fox News is in a very weakened state at the moment, they're barely a threat to anything anymore.
Dirtnapstor  +   531d ago
This type of comment always cracks me up! I'll ask "why" and the typical response is lacking total substance...usually a cut and paste comment from Chris M or Lawrence O knocking Fox in the first place. Who's the "sheeple" now!?!?
Doesn't it concern you that the liberal trend is to be so closed-minded? Allowing for nothing other than their opinion?!?! This is not objectivity; without objectivity, there is no real journalists.
I've heard FOX news talk plenty about violence in video games... Usually concludes with "where are the parents in all this; what role do they play in their children's lives?" Really the blame falls to the collapse of the family unit...
How's that so intolerable?
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T2  +   528d ago
why? because all you need to do is listen to idiots like glenn beck or some other tea party nut to see that they are all about their own publicity and agenda. they are greedy little leeches, and obviously make up stuff as they go.. "obama is not an american citizen" .. seriously low IQ's
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SpideySpeakz  +   532d ago
They already know games don't cause violence. They're just trying to find something/someone to blame.
Axonometri  +   532d ago
No! Do not move forward with this! Are you serious Sony? Forget the gun haters... And extreme wing law makers... This will hurt the PS4 and industry. Why? Who would ok this? Tell me it's not true.
Minato-Namikaze  +   532d ago
Maybe its an ad for outside of the USA?
Axonometri  +   532d ago
To me that does not make it better.
RuleofOne343  +   532d ago
WOW , OMG , WTF , GCM
FITgamer  +   532d ago
Spoken like true 16 year old girl.
FITgamer  +   532d ago
You're gonna PM me now? You nancy. And if you didn't want to get ticketed for profanity you could of just used alternative words instead of that lameness. See how i used "nancy"? I can assure you that's not the original word i had in mind.
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DragonKnight  +   532d ago
Do it Sony. Screw the wussies who take everything literally.
KillrateOmega  +   532d ago
Do it, Sony. Screw those 'it's video games that are ruining our children, not the negligent parents' idiots.
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Monkeysmarts  +   532d ago
If they try to crusade on video games again, they will just end up looking like idiots again. They tried to blame games after Columbine and Newtown, but facts indicated that those individuals were abused and had psychological issues stemming from it. Parents of kids killed at Columbine blamed the school system for never doing anything about bullying but it got buried by the media.

Congress should crusade for accountability and proper mental health in this country rather than scapegoats. I guess that's impossible to expect though when we can't even get a President in office who doesn't cover up American deaths, no matter which party they belong to. We always have a bunch of morons in this country trying to draw everything on political lines in the sand.
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CEOSteveBallmer  +   532d ago
No, and I hope idiotic congressmen who still believes that games cause violence will be the ones torn apart...
McScroggz  +   532d ago
I love America, but there are times I wish my country was more liberal like Europe. I'm not cultured or well-traveled enough to know the pros and cons compared to the society I live in; but America is becoming increasingly way too sensitive about anything that could upset even a very small amount of people.
StreetsofRage  +   532d ago
True. But atleast America doesn't ban rated R games and movies like some places. I believe Australia has extreme censorship.
McScroggz  +   532d ago
Haha, true. At least Australia is changing its policies though. If only it didn't cost an unborn child to buy a game there :/
ThatEnglishDude  +   532d ago
As an English guy who moved to America 5 years ago, I can honestly say that Europe (well, Britain anyway) is VERY sensitive when it comes to...anything. America is slowly becoming that way unfortunately.
arbitor365  +   532d ago
> regulate entertainment
> dont regulate assault weapons

congress is a complete joke
SuperSteve  +   532d ago
Define "assault weapon".
arbitor365  +   532d ago
fully automatic rifles and other military grade weaponry, for starters.

and apparently, according to the GOP, its completely unreasonable to even require background checks for the purchasing of fire arms.

im not for banning all guns, but this nation needs to end its insane love affair with the arms industry and the NRA.
SuperSteve  +   532d ago
The NRA derives its power and influence from the millions of members who belong to it, and the millions more who don't, but still support its mission.

Ownership of fully automatic weapons is already BANNED in many states. Wherever ownership is legal, sales between owners are HEAVILY regulated by the 1934 National Firearms Act, which requires a federal background check, approval from local law enforcement (which is BLANTANTLY un-constitutional), and a $200 transfer tax. In addition, all have to have been registered by May of 1986, which means buying such a weapon is EXTREMELY expensive due to the limited supply, far more than the average citizen can afford.

2nd Amendment supporters have been more than reasonable in allowing government to restrict access to certain firearms. At some point, society needs to stop blaming guns, and start blaming those who use them to commit crimes.

I don't recall anyone claiming after the Boston Marathon bombing that we need more "bomb control legislation", and for good reason. The notion is absolutely absurd. Guns are no different, but yet many allow their rabid hoplophobia to lead them to believe that a pistol/rifle/"assault weapon" somehow possesses the ability to transform a decent, rational human being into a bloodthirsty, violent murderer. Ridiculous.
cl1983  +   531d ago
Very well said, the only weapons that would be govern under an assault weapons ban are single fired hunting riffles that look dangerous because they have black plastic stocks and fittings, instead of wood.
brettski  +   531d ago
Nicely done. Arbitor is just spewing talking points given by liberal talking heads and the president who rely on ignorance of the masses. Clearly he's uneducated and fully indocrinated.
Monkeysmarts  +   531d ago
+ Very well said.

It is the mindset of the vocal minority to place blame rather than accountability, though.
deadfrag  +   532d ago
Sony have to go this way because we must not forget that by know long term fans and the vast majority are adults so to gather to them they have to make adult adds.Yes with every generation they always get new younger followers but the main base is the long term adult gamers that follow sony since the PS1 and pass the habits to there young kids,lets not forget that games have grown in maturity over the years and the this trend will continue Sony cant neglect the average gaming age of there long time fans that is higher each year!
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SANDWICHMASTA  +   532d ago
Wow really? Its literally nothing and this is a top news story? God I hate this politically correct world.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   532d ago
It's too wordy and sounds like a movie trailer...I don't think it's a real ad.
Muigi  +   531d ago
That guy got MURKED by that shotty!
SITH  +   531d ago
If congress was not disturbed by a bunch of kids being torn apart in school to pass any legislation, I highly doubt they will give a damn to do something about this.
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Zool 08  +   531d ago
A message to congress

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ZILLA  +   531d ago
2nd amendment rights to bare arms!!no laws EVER will stop the sick people that are able to steal or buy guns illegally.so when they try to come and take mine i got somthing waiting for them.
DivineAssault  +   531d ago
Creepy lookin baby lol..

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