Monday, April 05, 2010

Hiding in the closet

Easter Egg!

As a belated Egg Day send off, here is a silly geek trick to keep you entertained for 5 seconds. Visit Google and enter in the following “the answer to the meaning of life.” Yes, it’s silly and you’re probably aware of it, but it’s worth a chuckle.

Initially I was going to give a micro-review over Plain Sight, a game about ninja robots where the objective is to kill yourself before anyone else can. An amusing spin of Kill Yourself in 5 Minutes. I even had a picture!

But that was not meant to be after an interesting letter directed to CNN was posted on the web today from a manga artist. For anyone who has been living under a rock in the gaming universe, CNN recently had a story regarding a game called Rapelay. The long and short of it is that it’s an Erotic game that has been out of print since 2006 and is no longer sold by the original publisher due to concerns from international retailers. For some unknown reason, CNN felt the need to dig it up and out of the depths of the closet and blow the game out of proportion. You can review the general report at their website as well as additional reports.

Here’s the thing. It’s an out of print game that very few people in this country were aware of, until CNN decided to create a story. Their concern? According to CNN, it’s to help make parents aware and keep children away from this game. As Dr. Cheryl Olson said in a follow up report with CNN “One of my concerns is that kids generally never hear about this stuff unless it gets this kind of publicity." So in trying to “protect” the children, CNN just made the game popular. Way to go! My thought is that it was a really slow news day. Not that hunger and war aren’t important, but they don’t strike the fear that newscasters want to bring into your home. “Your children can download this game and become severely traumatized. Be scared!!”

Why am I bringing this up? CNN use to be a respectable news organization that has managed to get egg all over their face. If it weren’t bad enough that they were bringing in gaming and child experts to dispute their story, but now we have the Japanese throwing it back and making the U.S. look even more ignorant of the world. The letter was created by manga artist Nogami Takeshi and basically tells CNN to shove it up their butt, but in a nice Japanese way. If I were in his position, I would probably feel the same way. I’m not agreeing with the game’s existence and I feel that it is pushing the limit on content, but it’s a game. It’s not real and anyone who thinks it is should consider seeing a therapist. It is not meant to be taken seriously. There is an artistic value to this game that shouldn’t be taken lightly. And if your kids are smart enough to figure out how to illegally download a game, you probably already had the talk with them about the birds and the bees. This whole situation shows how so much more mature Japan is in comparison to the U.S. Well, maybe not the entirety of the U.S. but more mature then news organizations.

If you have the time, the letter is worth the read. There’s a pretty good chance CNN will not respond to it, so I’m not holding my breath.


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