Watch Dogs allows players to hack into cell phones, ATMs, drawbridges, even helicopters. Through cameras and laptops and televisions players can peer into someone’s fictional files and bedrooms to wholly envelope the lives of others. The game’s primary goal is to track down the killers of Aiden’s niece and halt a potential evil of the all-seeing corporation. That’s much apparent after recent interview with ubisoft members and an exclusive 2 hour peak at the game.
The idea here is they’re teaching you to hack and then to become the ultimate voyer in other people’s lives, including their bedrooms, by hacking into their phones; everything that we talked about, when I said that hey ‘how many times do you go to bed at night and have a conversation with your wife?’ And you put this, your iPad or phone in the docking station right there at the edge of your bed. This game is teaching you to hack into right here, whatever is docked in your bedroom. What the heck is wrong with us, what is wrong with us, what are we thinking. We are inviting this into our homes and our lives. We are teaching our kids [voyeurism] for entertainment purposes.
Last night I had a conversation with Raife… Now he’s not playing video games at home, he’s playing video games when he goes to his friend’s house. No video games. [Is Glenn’s rule as a parent]. And you know, you just get worn down. What are you gonna do? Stop seeing friends? Stop going over to people’s houses?… We want to believe that somehow or another it’s going to be okay. Somehow or another it’s going to be okay. It’s just ‘not our kid’. I can’t tell you that. I don’t know. It could be your kid. It could be Pat’s kid, it could be my kid. I don’t know, it could be all of our kids. We don’t know. And I sat down with my son and I said “these games rewire your brain”. We don’t even know what they do yet. This is brand new stuff. I told you yesterday that just reading your books on a [e]reader, changes the way you remember things. We are losing vital information and you know this to be true if you’ve used a reader instead of a hard bound book. When you use a reader, nothing looks different [but] you have no tactile memory… You can pick up a book, ‘oh I remember it was here hang on let me find it’ and you can find it. Try to do that with your reader. Without the highlights. You can’t, because you have no idea where in the book you saw it… and it is harming, just our memory; to be able to recall… Everyone wants to talk about guns. Everyone wants to talk about hollywood movies. Everyone wants to talk about the guys who made these video games. It’s not their fault. It’s not their fault… We’re addicted…”
Glenn Beck, Radio, 5-28-14 [25 mins - 33 mins in]
The first paragraph was plainly from an article Beck was reading fyi.
People who want to be outraged. People who are slaves to their confirmation bias. They will ignore the obvious. And they will not seek out previous arguments this discussion has been built upon.
Given this statement “The vast majority of studies conclude that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between media violence and real-life violence. This link is undeniable and incontestable.”
– American Academy of Pediatrics 1995
It is a reasonable conclusion to come to, that a game teaching voyerism should be of grave concern to parents.
given this statement “I’m a technology guy!… I don’t want the FDA of electronics, I don’t want anyone to have to put warning labels on it.”
– Glenn Beck
and this statement
"I don’t believe that violent video games can turn a normal kid into a cold-blooded killer. I don’t believe that watching violent TV shows can take a kid who loves his life and respects his family and turn him into a monster. I don’t believe that violent movies or music videos or rap songs can force kids to massacre their classmates. Because I don’t believe any of that, I also don’t think the answer is to ban video games or television shows or movies. I believe in the first amendment just as much as the second;”
why are all these gamers attacking Glenn??? With statements that can be explained away? Because they can, he’s an established punching bag, and associated his mud dragged name makes them feel like they have a stronger leg to stand on.