EA Calls Out Fox News Over Mass Effect Smear

Jeff Brown (left), VP of Communications for Electronic Arts, has requested that Fox News correct Monday’s disgraceful trashing of Mass Effect.

As reported by Kotaku, Brown sent a letter to Teri Van Horn, producer of Fox News’ Live Desk program on which the Mass Effect hatchet job was orchestrated. From Brown’s letter:

As the parent company of BioWare… EA would like you to set the record straight on a number of errors and misstatements which incorrectly characterize the story and character interactions in Mass Effect.

Your headline above the televised story read: “New videogame shows full digital nudity and sex.” Fact: Mass Effect does not include explicit or frontal nudity. Love scenes in non-interactive sequences include side and profile shots – a vantage frequently used in many prime-time television shows…

FNC voice-over reporter says: “You’ll see full digital nudity and the ability for players to engage in graphic sex.” Fact: Sex scenes in Mass Effect are not graphic. These scenes are very similar to sex sequences frequently seen on network television in prime time.

FNC reporter says: “Critics say Mass Effect is being marketed to kids and teenagers.” Fact: That is flat out false…

Brown also named several of Fox’s own programs for displaying a level of sexuality far beyond Mass Effect’s single, rather tasteful love scene:

Do you watch the Fox Network? Do you watch Family Guy? Have you ever seen The OC? Do you think the sexual situations in Mass Effect are any more graphic than scenes routinely aired on those shows? Do you honestly believe that young people have more exposure to Mass Effect than to those prime time shows?

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