Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

January 6, 2010 -

A staff writer for the Orange County Register took to her blog for a long-winded diatribe against videogames, even going so far as to say she believes that games were invented by Satan.

While scribe Marla Jo Fisher may be trying to write down to her “Frumpy Middle-aged Mom” tag, and possibly attempting to inject some humor into the article, her anti-game prejudice is no laughing matter.

A parent, she notes that her house is the only one on the block with no videogames at all and claims to have had her anti-game attitude reinforced even more after reading the recent story of a mom calling 911 to get her kid to stop playing games. Most horrifying however, in an event that scarred her for life, Fisher once saw a kid walking out of a library playing a Nintendo DS.

Fisher wonders how the current crop of game-obsessed children will ever learn or accomplish anything:

Here’s my question: When do kids ever think these days? When do they ever have brains free from electronics long enough to ponder the universe? To think of things that might someday lead them to a cure for cancer?

If Sir Isaac Newton had been playing a DS, I’m sure he never would have noticed the apple falling from the tree, so he never would have formulated the theory of gravity.

Of course she finishes with a shot at the Grand Theft Auto series, asking if her kids would be able to learn how to be carjackers or how to outrun the police by playing the game, adding “Those are skills I really want my children to acquire.”

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

It used to be 'rock and roll' was made by satan.

Ahhh, the good ol' daze.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Having read from her reply article, "My Bad, Videogames are not from Satin"

She continued her idiodic rambling saying that Videogames were created by Lord Voldamort.

lol

Like...I don't know how much she is being paid to become a profeshional writer, but she will have zero credability if someone from her publisher office notices her forum posts online and decided to pull the pin on her income.

I feel so sorry for her son if his mother ends up loosing her job, but not for her since she is like someone we all know who burns his bridges and blames some fictional character for doing it to them.

 

 

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

I am now able to laugh at something...because of her face no wonder why I can't help but laugh sometimes.

I read from her blog and I feel sorry for her when she was being teased and picked on when she was in school all because she only wanted to read books.

And because of that, she thinks she is smarter than everyone.

I feel her anger has more to do about blaming other people for her problems and not being the fun loving mom who had her kids friends go over to her house to swim in her swimming pool (like how often do you hear parents say that was their fantasy when they finally became parents) to being someone who never lets videogames in her house and she can't understand why her son's friends don't like her.

Plus she enjoys throwing insults at Videogame Developers, and worst of all, she is paid to do that.

Read her full blog here..

http://themomblog.freedomblogging.com/2009/12/27/video-games-were-invent...

Now if only she could somehow get her life back on track and forget about trying to take videogames away from her kids, because when they grow into teenagers she will not be able to cope with her son's decisions to spend his money on videogames all because his mother would not allow him to have one.

Believe me, I know how that son feels, my mother was like that, although she was less crazy than this one is.

TBoneTony

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Poe's law.
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From reading this article, I can't tell if this person is religiously crazy or is she being a satritical person.  If this person is really that crazy, then wow.  Look like I met someone more stupider then Jack Thompson.  whoever she is, the article is an epic Phail. 

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

When a group of people are so crazy that an attempt at satirizing them can be mistaken for the real thing, not because of bad satire but because the group really is that out there, we call it Poe's Law.

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Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Do you think she's a member of the parent trsh cult or any other far right group?

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

And that's another thing: why is it assumed that antivideogame "activists" are right winged. There are plenty of left winged ones: Joe Leiberman and Hilary Clinton to name a few.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

And now I just read her second article, AND I'M STILL PISSED OFF!!!!

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

The reason I personally don't like her is two fold: 1. She is making a flawed arguement that generalizes gamers, 2. Her rant is exactly what gives christians a bad name. People like her are the exact reason I take crap for being catholic. AND I REALLY DON'T NEED TO TAKE ANYMORE CRAP FOR IT!!!!! It's one thing to take crap because of my beliefs, IT ANOTHER TO TAKE IT BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF ANOTHER!!!!!!

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Wow.  The intolerance on display here from those who consider themselves the "enlightened" is just staggering.

No wonder non-gamers think we are all brain dead human waste.

 

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Yes, it is suprising how much there is on occasion. It always appears whenever there is a christian related article.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

UPDATE: She posted a new "article": 

My bad: video games are not from Satan

 

Now she blames Voldemord... she uses crack = videogames rhetoric.

 

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

http://themomblog.freedomblogging.com/2010/01/06/my-bad-video-games-are-...

now with 100% Funny

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

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Damn, you won me...

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

I'd like to point out that whatever GP'er is named Richard Deane Langworthy, is a complete and utter moron.

Sir, I'd like to point out that YOU are the reason people think we are all nuts, YOU are the reason Jack Thompson thinks we're all murderers, and YOU are the reason that we find ourselves being bashed and condemned constantly. If idiots like YOU could keep your immature, neanderthal, unintelligent mouths SHUT and let the adults talk, we might actually make some progress into proving to these critics that we are human.

But NO. YOU have to open your mouth, ANNOUNCE that you are from GamePolitics, and then proceed in making a complete ASS out of yourself. Way to represent us as mature individuals, you pathetic sack of crap.

Frankly, if you ask me, I'd rather not be associated with people like you. It's the reason I stopped playing games like Halo. The mouthbreathing, immature, IQ-is-lower-than-my-age, My-entire-vocabulary-consists-of-swears,  morons like you managed to ruin that experience for individuals who actually can form a sentence without using the F-word 5 times.

So, if you could kindly keep your dumbass mouth SHUT next time someone bashes games, and let the sane people discuss the facts, I'd appreciate it.

 

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

This is a similar situation to that of Brandon Crisp when Vulgar commenters caused a huge backlash on Gamers in general(People that are immature and making us look bad, like val said, be mature or SHUT UP) After what happened I think we should apoligize and explain that any Negative comments about video games Will cause a beehive like situation(poke a beehive with a stick, you are going to get stung)

Oh and I found the person in question Youtube account(Ineed a pizza)

http://www.youtube.com/user/ineedapizza

 

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

For clarification, here is the comment, posted by the author, at which I am so frustrated.

"And, actually, to illustrate what video games can do for you, I just got this direct message on my personal Facebook account from someone calling himself Richard Deane Langworthy:

'I am a proud gamer, been on the SEGA Genesis since age 3, heard about you on gamepolitics.com and YOU ARE A MOTH(expletive deleted) FU(expletive deleted) BI(expletive deleted) for dissing video games! Video games were NOT created by satan, whom is clearly a fictional character, they were made by people, ordinary people, who just want to have fun. By not letting your kids into the wonderful world of videogames, you are fu(expletive deleted) them up! I hope you get breast cancer and have your kids handed over to a fun, game loving guardian when you die.'

Yeah, Richard, we’re all proud of you, too."

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And yet her only defense is that idiot. She hasn´t any other argument other than to claim "irony".

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

A bit of unsubstantiated paranoia talking, but that almost seems like something Jack would write "undercover" to try and discredit the people here.  And as we've all learned he is not below being an "anonymous coward".  I'm sure we all remember Saulytaurus.

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

I actually did a bit of digging, and can link this Richard Deane Langworthy moron to the name "

Also, I don't think your Paranoia idea is very accurate. He seems like a legit gamer, to me, when I look at his "paper trail" online. He made a petition at one point to get Sony to bring back production of backwards compatable PS3's. So he seems legit.

On a side note: I'm kind of disappointed this guy isn't a regular commenter. I'm sure I'd have had quite a bit of fun with him..

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The nutjob mom answered after 500 plus comments:

Well, clearly one thing that video games has destroyed in you people is any sense of IRONY. This is a column called Frumpy Middle-aged Mom. So what were ya thinking? That everything here is literal, nothing to be taken with a grain of salt?

Glad you’re amusing yourself, anyway, especially the hundreds of comments that are so vile we can’t even post them.

Good job, and y’all are really proving your point about how beneficial video games are to the human race.

 

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Re: Out of Touch Moms reply above^

Ahhh the x-tian axiom.... if people don't hear your message, lash out at them.

Water is wet, sky is blue... etc.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Thing is no one really has to argue that games are beneficial, just that they aren't destructive.  Some people are so black and white in their thinking that they think that everything in existence MUST revolve around them in some way, beneficial or destructive.  Some things just are.  And some people just have to get over themselves that not everything in the universe is relevant to their being.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

I was almost sure of that. I feel a bit ashamed for my fellows.

By the way, put aside irony, what were we thinking all ? 500+ comments for nothing but a blog post ! (although I could understand it for a notorious political pundit like Kevin McCullough, if you remember the "Mass Effect customizes sodomy" rant two years ago)

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Yeah, I remember McCullough antics. This woman is different, but at the end, she is getting was she was after: attention.

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

I wanted to add something : I can't blame commenters completely, and not because they're my "fellows", but because I think I can see where they come from.

2 years ago, in the Times, I had read a column claiming that video games were "Satan's Sudoku" and "crack for kids", and the columnist wasn't kidding at all. Indeed, the comparison between video games and crack cocaine had been made in 3 daily newspapers in less than 1 month. Still in the Times, another columnist wrote that he considered video games as a "colossal waste of time" as well as heroin and teenage pregnancy.

And in the early 90's, in France, after a guy took a preschool hostage, guess who was blamed by mainstream journalists and law enforcement "experts" ? Super Mario 2 ! And they were damn serious. And many people in their profession believed it too.

Edit : Forget what I've said in my previous comment. I no longer know whether she was faking, or what she was faking after reading this.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

So, there's a secret to outrunning the police?  I thought all you had to do was...well...RUN.  Apparently, I was mistaken.

Now, I'm not an advocate of fleeing the law, especially when you do something wrong.  But the idea that this game teaches you a specific skill set needed to evade the police is...actually, kinda funny.  ^^

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Also, I can't tell if she's being sarcastic, satiric, or serious.  I don't plan on sticking around long enough to find out, I have a SWAT team on my tail.  >.>

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

"Videogames Created by Satan"

So, Satan is...  Ralph Baer?  Steve Russell?  Nolan Bushnell?  Help me out here.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Hmmm, given the fact he also created a chain that sells food which combines dairy+meat I'd say Nolan Bushnell is Satan in her view. Of course given the paganistic views of Christianity where God can have multiple aspects it is possible she could believe the same of Satan, and His various aspects inhabit the forefathers of Video Games. 

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Unfortunately it seems that the extremism of christian fanatics has caused many of their saner counterparts to abandon the religion leaving these fanatics with nothing to keep them in check and so is why insane wackos like her have become so proliferate.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

I am absolutely fucking sick of these people. Thanks to idiots like her, anyone who believes in anything other than can be physically seen are mocked and made to fee linferior, all because this woman can't accept that they may be wrong, and don't want to do their ow parenting job.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

If it makes you feel any better, I'd mock anyone who believed thier imaginary friend was all powerful, and that thier imaginary friend was responsible for all of the good in the world.

People like her just make me enjoy it that much more.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

FYI the story of Isaac Newton being hit with an apple is completely made up. He didn't all of a sudden come up with the theory of gravity just from that one little event. Newton formulated his theory of gravity from spending years in his office hunched over a shitload of papers. See? Even a gamer could teach this dumbass something.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

The deluge of angry comments has probably caught her off guard. She's posted some comments claiming it was all satire.


Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Yay another person who knows nothing about videogames decrying them as evil and causing the downfall of society.

Because videogames are all completely mindless and require no thought, have no interesting stories, and never raise any moral or theological questions. Pressing a button is more than enough to teach someone how to properly fire a gun or steal a car. After all it's not like poor school funding, neglectful parents, or anything else could be the cause. Nope it's those satanic videogames!

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I personally think I'll go to her blog and/or facebook and post argue the reasons she wrong, with just a sprinkle of sarcasm for flavor and served with a side of contempt for her opinion.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Wow... you almost exactly described how I approach debating religion with people like you, Ratros, and SSB..

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Vald, I personally use tactics like yours when someone's arguement is offensive. I don't do it for every argument.

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

We sure this isn't another Dante's Inferno scam?

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

I like how "Dante's Inferno" has become synonymous with the meme "Screencap or it never happened."

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

I've seen so many fakes in the past, I wouldn't be surprised if I learnt it's yet another one.

And even though it could be 100% "real", I've already seen worse from more dangerous people. Rudi and Renate Hänsel, for instance.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Hmmm, this makes me wonder, are more gamers athiest or religous?

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

I'd say it's about even with any other statistic for the 10-40 age group...just about everyone in those ages playes games anyway.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Funny how she thinks that kids are getting dumber by video games. Lets take her example of Sir Isaac Newton. If many people played a DS in those days, maybe they would be more literate people in that time. In those days, there were more illiterates than literates. Today, I can't name one person in my generation that is illiterate, even mentally challenged people could read.

Of course, literacy being increased was more due to better, and more available education. However, today's culture makes it impossible to be socially included without being able to go onto websites, read messages (email or facebook), instant messaging, etc. If you are playing on the DS, you are likely doing a lot of reading.

She may say that reading books is a lot better, which is highly truth. However, it you want to get a kid into reading for entertainment (I mean serious reading like novels), they usually only would read what's hot. Well, what is hot? Harry Potter, Twilight, and maybe Lord of the Rings. All books have been condemned by religious groups due to all have some form or magic and evil. Since this women said that video games was created by Satan, I think she falls under that kind of religious group.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

LOTR being condemned is a funny thought.

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Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Uhh no.

Fanatics - not Christians, don't stereotype us.

I'm Christian and I play a lot of games, indeed. Including GTA. I don't think video games are created by satan - last time I checked 'developers' did that.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

The non-fanatic Christians then have a responsibility to keep the lunatics within the fringe.  Unfortunately, they don't seem to be doing the job- just look at how Creationism, the apex of Christian fanatasism, is still a major component of the faith in America. 

I just don't see sensible Christians doing much to keep the fanatics in check- in fact, it seems the fanatics are keeping the sane elements of the faith repressed.  Christianity needs to reinvent it's image and paragigm quickly or else more and more people will be turned away.  This blogger mom isn't doing anyone any favors.

Re: Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

Whoa, whoa, wait.  Since when is it MY responsibility to keep the dissidents at bay?  I'm not being paid to make people see things the way I do!

At least, not yet.  <.<

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