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The Problem (and the Danger) of the Continued Infantilization of Videogames, Part I

Level Up discusses their appearance on CC's "American Morning" and their interview with Kiran Chetry, explaining Manhunt 2 to thousands of Alpha moms across the nation. Chetry isn't alone in her bedrock assumption that all videogames are primarily aimed at "kids." After all, had Level Up gone on the show to discuss Ang Lee's NC-17-rated erotic thriller "Lust, Caution," or the upcoming horror movie "30 Days of Night," they doubt that they'd have been asked "Would you let your kids watch it?" It would have been assumed that those movies, like certain TV shows, books or plays, are not intended for children. Yet videogames often don't get the same recognition.

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ItsDubC3489d ago

I watch American Morning every morning and actually saw this first-hand. N'Gai Croal seemed very introverted and reserved, and I wasn't sure if that was his regular demeanor. But now that he reveals that he overheard how Kiran Chetry introduced the game before he came out for the interview, I can understand why.

Her questions and statements did seem to imply that gaming is still largely for kids or that kids are more likely to be exposed to games. This had the effect of making it seem like Manhunt 2 was being targetted towards kids and if I were a non-gaming adult, I'd probably be appalled that such a videogame was being released for what Kiran Chetry made seem like a toy (ie the Wii).

I think N'Gai Croal handled the interview very well because he made sure to put the blame on parents if kids ever get their hands on this game.

Cat3489d ago

agreed. I often forget that a number of my co-workers think gaming is like going home and rearranging stuffed animals and playing candyland. it's just bizarre to me that it wouldn't occur to parents that, as he points out, not all movies are for your children and neither are all video games.
i'm remembering an x-play episode where they mentioned an angry letter they got from a mother scolding them for "adult themes on a children's show". sessler was like, "little tip: we're not a kids show."

Syko3489d ago

Well considering you brainiacs covered all the bases and I don't have much more to add all I can do is invite you to come back to the flamewar and speak non sense with the rest of us. ;)

@Cat, Shame on you for posting a story like this. You should know that only a select few of us, and the crickets read stories like this =P

Cat3489d ago (Edited 3489d ago )

maybe if I'd mentioned that the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families is named "Ed Balls" we could get the childish remarks rolling...

Edit: perhaps my low-brow shot at Secretary Balls (nope, doesn't stop being funny) is keeping me from climbing the bubble ladder. ;)

Syko3489d ago (Edited 3489d ago )

Huh huh, You said BALLS... Reminds me of the movie Idiocracy. Come to think of it this site is a clear indicator of how that movie might not be a work of fiction. Anyways if you haven't seen it, it is a great comedy.

Edit- also why the hel1 do you still have 7 bubbles. I have said some unsavory things to a few people and still managed to hit the 8 bubble mark.

...itz prabably cuz me am a gud spelr. vury smert two. =P