Here's the email I got from a cop friend:
> March 3, 2006
> Best Buy Selling New Video Game Teaching Our
> Kids to Kill Police Officers
> Dear Gary,
> An ultra-violent video game known as 25 to Life has been released by the video giant Eidos. In this game, marketed to our children, players can assume the role of a gang member who is encouraged to execute drive-by shootings of police officers and to use civilians as human shields.
> Eidos considers this new game entertainment. To celebrate the killing of police officers as entertainment is a sick concept. No matter, Eidos is
> making money. >
> Take Action
> One of the major outlets selling 25 to Life is Best Buy. Send an email to Best Buy asking them to discontinue carrying 25 to Life.
> When you send your email to Best Buy, you will automatically be added to our petition list thanking police officers for being willing to lay their lives on the line every day to protect us. We will present the petitions to the National Association for Police Officers headquartered in Washington.
> Send Your Email Now!
> Finally, I'm asking you to take one further step. It is a little extra work, but it is small in return for what our police officers do for us. If you buy or rent videos, please call your video store and ask them if they have the game 25 to Life in stock. If they say yes, politely tell them you will not be renting videos from them in the future. If they say no, thank them for not stocking 25 to Life.
> Then forward this email to your family and
> Thanks for caring enough to get involved.
> If you think our efforts are worthy, click here to make a small donation to help us continue our efforts? Thanks.
> Donald E. Wildmon, Chairman
> P.S. Please forward this to your family and
Man this one really got to me once I started doing some research about it. Mostly because the email is entirely one sided. Here was my response:
I don't know guys. I support <My friend>'s safety as a cop,
but the "video game violence" opponents don't have much of a factual stance on the matter.
There hasn't really been any clear evidence, for OR against, suggesting the impact video game violence has on kids.
Techdirt covers the topic extensively (both sides of the issue) if you'd like further reading:
Here's an article proposing that kid violence has decreased since the invention of the video game:
I'll agree that cops don't get the respect they deserve, but this is actually a Cops 'N Robbers game.
It's funny how the email didn't mention any of that.
This game lets you pick if you want to be the good guy
or bad guy. Go visit the website:
Everything about it says it's not meant for kids, from the naughty language sound track to the M rating which companies are not supposed to sell without checking the ID of the buyer.
Hell, I just beat a game last night that had topless girls in it (god of war.) That crap aint meant for kids either. Neither is half of the movies produced by
hollywood. (Don't nobody correct my grammar or there will be hell to pay.)
Compare this game to Counterstrike, where you play a multiplayer game between two sides: Terrorists and Counterterrorists. I don't remember people going around claiming it was teaching kids how to become terrorists.
Everyone's entitled to an opinion and I'll respect yours. But think about this: the more attention you give the game, the more publicity it's going to get
and the more revenue Eidos is going to receive.
Edit: Aw man, I just checked out the OneMillion Dad's website. They look like they protest just about anything:
Sidenote, please understand I think Jessica Simpson needs to go away. But their stance on the "suggestive" commercial is just plain assinine.
They also seem to be 100% against any sort of visual homosexuality in the media.
Everyone's entitled to an opinion, but wow...