G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

December 25, 2008 -

On his Sessler's Soapbox segment, G4's Adam Sessler discusses video game violence.

Apparently the issue surfaced around the G4 offices after Sessler ran some video from the upcoming Madworld which depicted a character being killed by having a burning tire placed over its head.

Such killings were at one time common during apartheid-related violence in South Africa.


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Re: G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

I know that Adam Sessler knows this, and we all know this... but the news media will never admit it and they unfortunately control public opinion.

I know from my mom that she recalls the reserch that happens on the news, and this is because people like her don't know any different.

I have explained my side of the violence in videogames debate allot and I think that my dad only takes a even sided approach and that is better than just going for one side of the debate.

But no matter what we do, we can never fight against public opinion and it is that public opinion that is way against us.

Lucky that not all people believe what happens on the news and those who are more informed we are lucky that they can listen without forming opinions.

We need more people in high profile society to support videogames because they know more than those who do the reserch against videogames.

Grand Theft Childhood and the Byron Review were positive steeps, but sadly even they can't fight public opinion.

Thankfully the Florida Bar that gave 'you know who' perminant disbarrment...

Society is not used to something that makes them feel uncomfortable and I think that the only change in public opinion can only come with time and the next generation of people to come into more influential power.

Things that were out of our own control has done nothing for us, but we are also not responsible for the things that minority people have done, so we have nothing to be ashamed of.

All we can do is to become better people from this experience of what we face in life.

And enjoy videogaming.

 

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Whenever I need to convince people that the media loves a good panic more than accurate reporting I send them this link.

It's a good read either way.

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Re: G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

That was an extremely good point. I wish I could watch G4 on cable tv  : |

Re: G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

You don't really get stuff like this on G4, though. Sure you get XPlay and Attack of the Show (the latter I could do without to be honest), but it is buried underneath a ton of crappy movies, reruns of COPS, Ninja Warrior, and other such shows. It is rarely about games when you turn on the tube anymore.

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Fictional Violence is a mode of story telling, violence is part of humanity, "violence" is a "infuryateing" sound bite to tantelate the mindless sheep with to distrube wool and gain vewiership IE it sthe parents job to grow adults not children into older children, violence like anything else is part of the real world.

 

instead of focusing on it with new age drivel that says everything hurts children or minorities why not let parents parent by doing a better job at slotting ranteings?

 

Heres a simple answer to the outcry over "reality" the more corrupt and safe the upper classes become the more "dangerous" free society becomes becuse the supposed masters of said society can not maintain secrets and hierarchy.
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Re: G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

Lots of good points as always.

To the guy who said torture is ok because it's enemy combatants. Every time we say "It's ok in this situation because..." we're just taking one step further and giving ourselves that much more reason to say it's ok in the next situation. Torture is never ok. If we resort to tactics like torture to try and protect ourselves we're no better then the people attacking us, in fact we're worse because we claim to be moral ones while doing it.

As for violence in videogames. I've studied this a LOT, as much info as I can find, and I think Sess nailed it. People are uncomfortable with the way the world is, and as human beings we don't like complex answers. We like simple answers that are easy to fix or change so we can sleep better at night. We've seen this happen with comics, movies, radio, music and a host of other media, videogames are just the new kid on the playground. Will it ever change? I think very slowly over significant periods of time, like say when I'm 80 (21 right now). I say this because people will always be uncomfortable with what they don't understand, and my generation is really the first generation to be fully immersed in games.

No offense to anyone older, just if you're older then your mid to early 20's and a gamer you're still a minority in this country. Not to say older people don't make up a significant part of the game market, quite the contrary, but the game market is still a minority in the country.

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 " If we resort to tactics like torture to try and protect ourselves we're no better then the people attacking us, in fact we're worse because we claim to be moral ones while doing it."

technically, the people attacking most likely do claim to be the moral ones... People don't do these things kinds of things because they are evil, but because they are under the delusion that what they are doing is "right"... the difference would not be that we claim to be the moral ones, but that we are better at maintaining the illusion that we are moral... so we are not much worse

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If I got to take a dremel tool to the teeth of some S.O.B. to find out the location of where he stashed some C4 in a public building full of innocents, I will do so. I don't really care if the tactic is moral or ethical, so long as it saves the lives of innocents.

"To fight a devil, you must be a devil yourself." - Old Japanese Proverb.

 

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If I got to take a dremel tool to the teeth of some S.O.B. to find out the location of where he stashed some C4 in a public building full of innocents, I will do so. I don't really care if the tactic is moral or ethical, so long as it saves the lives of innocents.

"To fight a devil, you must be a devil yourself." - Old Japanese Proverb.

 

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 Assuming you have person that knows the truth, they will more then likely feed you false information to stop you from torturing them and sending you on a wild goose chase... it takes a long time to realize that he fed you a lie, you wind up wasting time and then, by this point, the C4 has probably already exploded: mission failed

 

And if you have the wrong person... well he'll keep saying "i don't know" and you'll keep torturing them until they can take no more and then make up somekind of lie just to get you to stop, essentially saying anything and trying to tell you what you WANT to hear... you end up going on a wild goose chase, find out he lied, assume he still knows but lie like the person i described before and you treat him as such... in the end, the C4 explodes and all you succeeding in doing is torturing someone who didn't know anything to begin with... go justice!

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It makes me wonder if the person who objected to the violence in Mad World wasn't conflicted himself in this: while those who wanted to end apartheid in South Africa were obviously in the right, the fact that they resorted to such horrific violence as burning a tire over a man's head is a moral stain on the movement. That's of course assuming the objector even knew about that historical detail, which Adam didn't really make clear.

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Re: G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

Adam Sessler.....a beacon of light in the dimming (%^% box that is G4.

Re: G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

Not too bad. Says it like it is.



However, I disagree with him on one point. Enemy combatants are not covered under the geneva convention and therefore we can do whatever the hell we want to them. Especially if it involves getting vital information from a terrorist who wants nothing more to see us dead. Its us against them people. Look at what happens to any people we have that get captured by them.

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Just because it's technically legal (loopholes and such) does not mean it is "right"

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Torture is a very very unreliable way to get any viable information from someone.  Read up on the Salem Witch Trials sometime.  If you torture someone enough they will admit to riding around on broomsticks and dancing naked with the devil, even if its total baloney.

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Or a more relevant example:

"How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq" by Mattew Alexander and John Bruning

This guy was there and talks about what works and what does not, belive it or not there are books on these kinds of things, not just conjecture.

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We violate the convention when we torture them. They violate the convention when they target civilians.

Don't you get it?
 

Has anyone mentioned that torture is not a viable way to extract information from someone? It's what a true idiot thinks when they realize they have no idea how to get what they want from someone, so they get sadistic about it. These people don't belong in government, they belong in jail.

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You do realise that the Geneva convention was set up specifically to prevent what you're spouting there do you? IT IS NEVER OK to torture someone, the convention was set up to protect soldiers from both sides in an armed conflict, wether they're terrorists or not, the convention still applies. That's what it's there for, you are simply dismissing and devaluing a very important treaty for the treatment of prisoners of war.
I know you're just trying to find way to legitimize what the US military did in it's supposed quest to protect it's people, but torture is going way beyond reasonable.

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designed to protect SOLDIERS from both sides in an armed conflict.

Terrorists are not soldiers. 

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"soldiers from both sides in an armed conflict, wether they're terrorists or not"

See, this is the problem I got right here. These guys are not soldiers. They do not serve their goverment, their people, or any other such cause. These 'soldier' are people that are killing anything that is different from them in their own land and the surrounding lands. They show no mercy and openly murder innocents willingly and joyously because they are not one of them.

These people are not soldiers, they are not patriots, and they are not martyrs. They are a collection of religious bigots and thugs that were shoving their will and firepower down the throats of innocents. There is no honor in their actions, no morality, no humanity.

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 I will have to evoke godwin on this one... how are they different from loyal nazi's soldiers and other soldiers like them? no mercy, openly murder innocents, killing anyone who is different from them in their own land and the surrounding lands... and i don't think i would claim what the nazi's did as having any honor, morality, or humanity to it... Only difference is that instead of serving their government they are serving the will of their "god"... They believe themselves to be martyrs in ending their own lives and follow their "gods" will with a passion as great as any patriot. Hell an enemy soldier could take on the same actions that terrorists take on, and in this day and age the Geneva convention would protect them. 

the very principle of the part of the Geneva Convention was that "torture is not right"... claiming that terrorists are not soldiers is really just ignoring that principle and making an excuse for a loophole due to the fact that the framers of the convention did not foresee this kind of shit happening... 

Hell by that logic, it would also be alright to torture rebels who try to start a revolution because they feel as though they are being oppressed by their government, as they are also "not soldiers representing any government"... Really the difference between a "terrorist" and a "revolutionary/rebel" is very small; if the term existed centuries ago, those who participated in the Boston Tea party would have been labeled "terrorists" by the british (even when innocents are not targeted, such destruction can be viewed as an act of terrorism)... it's really just a matter of point of view; we say "terrorists" they say "divine servant"

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I see where you want to go with this argument, but a) it is too polarzing (granted so was Sessler's superfluous quasi-elucidation) and b) it will get no play here, and its christmas, we can have a conversation with out demagoguery that goes for the Sess as well.

I've been saying for years that gamers neeed to shy away from the "but "x" is way worse", however this will fall on deaf ears

As for the underlining message that Sessler but forward it is good, but we've heard it all before.

Re: G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

He nailed it right on the head.  Discomfort with the real world problems has people looking for scapegoats rather than looking for a solid solution.  I am going to join in that slow clap Pirce.

 

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Breaking news: Gamer defends games in his show for gamers. Gamers the world over agree with him.

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Re: G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

This just in! President-Elect Obama weighs his options on whether or not to publicly denounce Jack Thompson! More at 11pm.

Just kidding, though that would be kickass.

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Re: G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

This just in...JT now hated by Homosexuals everywhere:

http://nationalgaynews.com/content/view/4338/173/

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

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JT's been hated by HETRO-sexuals everywhere for years, why should they be any different?

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Re: G4's Adam Sessler Weighs In on Video Game Violence

He'll be forgotten by them in a couple weeks, I bet. Considering that he has no real power to speak of and his discipline problems are a large stain on his credibility.

He'll remain a gamer bad guy for a long time before he becomes a signficant target of the gay community.

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*Starts a slow clap* Ah Mr. Sessler, always nice to hear a voice of reason in the world.

 

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Seconded....my thoughts exactly

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

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How Adam does it is beyond me but he ALWAYS manages to speak the truth, and only in 3 minutes flat! Though I have to wonder who will be the first to say that those who assaulted the areas in India trained on "Counter-Strike". Everyone else and I both know there is SOMEONE out there in the world, like Adam said, who is looking to blame this all on video games like wars never happened over 5000 years ago.

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I wonder if the madworld creators even knew that. Their game seems to focus more on over the top violence, not gritty realistic violence. Not the kind of game I'd picture mimicking past crimes against humanity. Manhunt... maybe.

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And in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia.

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And in the rest of Africa, really.  There are some pretty gruesome methods of killing people that have been seen in Africa in recent years.  That's why its always funny to me that they get to take part in the UN, with all the blatant human rights violations in their respective countries.

 
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