Mass Effect-bashing Pundit Backs Off

What a week gamers shared with conservative talk show host and author Kevin McCullough (left).

On Monday GamePolitics reported that McCullough had wrong-headedly trashed Mass Effect, treating the popular and well-regarded 360 title with the kind of disgust usually reserved for snuff films.

On Wednesday we were outraged by McCullough’s Thompson-esque bashing of “gamer nerds.”

But now McCullough has backed off a good bit, even issuing an apology of sorts:

Based on the multitude of response by gamers who share my concern for decency in the entertainment of our children, it is obvious that I had been misinformed on at least two points of substance in my original column.

For this I DO apologize to the gaming universe!

…I still do concur with my original position that the objectionable content in Mass Effect is still offensive, and should be kept out of the hands of those under age.

GP: Well… To be honest, Kevin, your original position wasn’t that Mass Effect was merely “offensive,” but rather that it constituted digital sodomy and “virtual orgasmic rape.” But we’re glad you’re willing to learn from other viewpoints (unlike some critics we know). McCullough continues:

Mass Effect fans have demonstrated that the three minute cuts on YouTube are only arrived at after hours of play. So in their argument the “percentage” of objectionable content is heavily outweighed by the overwhelming amount of content leading up to it. Point well made…

GP: While we respect and appreciate McCullough’s about-face, the real take-away from this episode is the persuasive power of gamers when they unite against a common threat.

McCullough spent most of this week’s radio program discussing the Mass Effect affair with some very level-headed gamers. It’s worth a listen

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