gamrFeed's Stew Shearer argues on whether Portal 2 is insensitive towards adopted children or if some people are just hypersensitive.
the later! easy, case closed, will this be the case that makes me?
A small portion of people are highly sensitive. I have thicker skin myself, but I can respect people like the dad in the story who are overly-sensitive due to unique personal situations. However, I think the real issue here is the media. They are always looking for the next hot controversial topic. Controversy and bad news sells... so it gets reported. We think it must be bad because the media reports it, and takes it out of context. On that note, games have begun to get clever and manipulate the media for free exposure. Think MW, Bulletstorm, Metal of honor, Duke Nukem,etc. etc.
I think you mean "latter", but yeah, completely understand.
Not really. My bother in law is adopted and I was shocked when I first heard it and I wouldn't recommend him to get the game. I couldn't imagine how it would make him feel.
With all due respect, is your brother in law treated well? Does he know how lucky he is to have a loving and caring family that embraced him even though he is not blood related to them? He is a really lucky guy to just have a family. So, he shouldnt even be bother by this. Its humor!
It wasn't really poking fun at adopted children. It didn't say "Oh, you are a sad kid who was adopted and so are every other adopted child out there." GLADoS hates Chell so she tries to bring her down, and that was one of her weaknesses.
Boo freakin hoo. If you called me "fatty" - cuz I do sport some extra pounds - I then have two options: 1) I can be very hurt and offended and make a big freaking deal of it, or 2) I can move on with my life and not care. BEING OFFENDED IS A CHOICE. Too many people choose to be offended. P.S. My best friend is adopted. We CONSTANTLY tease him about it. We point out unattractive homeless people and say "Hey bro, it's ur real dad!" What does he do? He LAUGHS. In fact, he has commented many times about how freaking dumb it is to be offended about adoption. Hell, he sometimes even says, "Hey, Dad!" as a joke back. We can all sit around and be sad and hurt and angry...or freaking live our lives.
I disagree with zootang, but I'm gunna give him a bubble because I have no idea why people would take one from him. He's entitled to an opinion and everyone can draw their own line of decency.
Too sensitive. So many worse things are said in this world.
Getting away from the point much , the point is portal 2 said some hurtfull things to adopted children , now imagine a fan of the game that was adopted or someone just picking up the game, how would it make them feel, this being part of their gaming experice , remember that this game is FPS and your in that characters shoes and the game is rated E for everyone so ... Yeah there you have it . Be The Voice of Reason. It's not about being sensitive , it's about calling out what's fucked up
The game also made fun of fat people. Oddly enough I don't see anyone complaining about that now. I also imagine there are a hell of a lot more fat people playing Portal 2 than there are adopted people playing the game. This is a classic example of people being too sensitive. It was a bit of dark humour that is all but naturally we can't have that can we in case someone, somewhere might be potentially upset by it.
You're entitled to that opinion, as much as I disagree with you. However, Portal 2 is rated E10+ by the ESRB. By 10 years old or more, I believe, as a parent, you should be more honest with your child when it comes to whether he/she is adopted and how to handle adoption insults. After all, children even younger than 10 hurl bad insults at each other time. If you keep shielding them from it, they'll never learn how to persevere through the harsh realities of the real world.
Context, context, context, context. GlaDOS hates Chell, this is obvious throughout the entire game. Isolate this one insult, and it sounds like something bad (I guess). But play the game, become aware of the dark humor going on, and have fun with it. GlaDOS is your enemy - not your friend. And she's talking to the damn character, not to the player. By your weak argument, should I be offended because the horde in Gears threatens to kill me? Or should I write a letter because the Covenant are waging a religious war against my beliefs? Nexus, your argument holds zero water. And I'm sorry, but swirldude is right. This is nothing compared to what the real world offers in way of crushing insult. Get over it.
Yes, people are way too bloody sensitive.
Well this is going to be a kettle of fish now innit.
No matter what you do someone will be offended, at some level there's really no point in worrying about it. I can't imagine Valve writers were maliciously trying to hurt some adopted kid's feelings, they just went with similar insults as the first game.
Definitely the later.
THE LATTER! lol xD
In my defense, that was a genuine typo, and not ignorance. :P
These same people wouldn't blink an eye at murder, rape, and other criminal activities be it on TV or in video games but poke fun at adoption and ZOMG world war III breaks out.
people are effing stupid...
You just can't write or say anything that won't offend someone. At some point people have to grow a thicker skin and quit crying about everything. edit: btw, well written article. :)
Fictional characters, Fictional Story, it's a video game, it turns 1's and 0's into images on a screen.
What if....a game was made so you could play a member of the KKK going out lynching Black people? Would that be ok? I agree with you to a certain extent, but there are things that can be too far, Portal 2 however is not one of them.
it would. if it offends you simply dont buy it or play it, i know i wouldnt. we have freedom of speech for a reason.
I'm not sure that would be allowed to be sold in stores...
There are games actually made that do what you're talking about (which is horrible). Games like Ethnic Cleansing and Shoot the Blacks. Maybe you should save your energy for commenting on those. Hyperbole has no place in argument, fyi.
Yes that would be okay. I wouldn't buy it though. There have been plenty of movies about racism and slavery.I could care a less if they made a game about a 40 year old male that lures children away from a public park to rape them. You know why, because it's a video game, no real people get hurt. Nothing is to far in imagination land. When things go to far in reality is when people need to get upset and take action. FICTION = NOT IMPORTANT REALITY = IMPORTANT It's that simple.
lol, if people are somehow offended by this game, they've really got to learn to get through puberty. How could you possibly be offended by humor in a video game that's safer than PG? That's like being offended by a comedy movie that's supposed to have stupid, offensive humor. We don't get angry at movies for helping the growth of words like "fag" and "gay" become offensive, but when a video game makes an adoption joke all the sudden everything goes to all hell. It's official--video games are entering the mainstream media. Remember the first flick ever shown in theaters? It was a train coming at the audience. And the audience was traumatized forever because of it. But we watch movies now without thinking we're in real danger, more or less counting out the paranoids. Relax, fellow N4Gamers, this is a good thing. This means games are finally getting the attention they rightfully deserve. A little heated drama to help the pot stir.
people just don't have a sense of these days its sad really
LMAO!!!!! people get offended by this crap? I think what they say in portal is funny, not like it pertains to them, if they get offended then they must be victim to the cliche or examples that the game makes fun of, haha people are such wimps, those people probably live in basements and never had a GF crap now im insensitive!
I wouldnt be surprised if tomorrow the headlines are: "Google Chrome commercial is offensive! - A man is suing Google claiming that their new Chrome web browser commercial is offensive. It appears the man has a terrible relationship with his father so the fact that the father in the commercial is a great one is offensive to him. He will likely win this 15 million dollar case." I. Would. NOT. Be. Surprised.
Ikr, that is like saying the Chrome commercial is about gay people which makes people feel outraged at how it says the word "gay" on screen for kids to see! I mean REALLY?
As my man Heavy would say ENTIRE TEAM IS BABIES. But on a more serious note, people nowadays are kinda offended by everything.
Definitely the latter. People are just... stupid in unique ways. But that's nature.
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