It's amazing that some people have jobs. Not just normal jobs, high profile jobs that can impact this country in a negative manner, and they have all the power in the world to do so, regardless of whether or not they're honest about it. Nancy Grace is one of those people.
After picking up on the topic of the upcoming Eidos (not Idos as the show's transcript states) 25 to Life, her one-sided, absurd debate went nowhere, barely giving the only person who was actually defending the title a second of her time. What follows are the important aspects of the debate, with the incorrect or blanket statements pulled aside for debunking:
Now there's 25 to Life, and the object is to kill cops.
Partly true. You can also play as a cop on the other side of the law. No mention of that was made anywhere during the program.
And I also want to show everybody one after the next, after the next police officers that lost their life in the line of duty! Now, this is a video game, and you're seeing at the bottom of this screen, real-life cops that lost their lives trying to protect you and me.
What does a list of real life police officers have to do with a video game? Player's are gunning down a mass of pixels, textures, and polygons. If you want to do a show praising those who gave their lives in duty, please do so. Until then, showing that list has no purpose.
Jack Thompson: Nancy, there are three cops that are dead in Alabama because of Grand Theft Auto by City, two cops and a dispatcher. So we know that these cop-killing games are leading to these killings.
For those who don't know, Thompson is a crooked lawyer that somehow finds a way on television every time these debates spring up. As far as I'm aware (someone please correct me if I'm wrong), he has never, ever won a case against a game company. He saps money from parents who believe they're not at fault for their child's problems, promises multi-million dollar settlements, sends them to court, and loses.
In this argument, he presents no proof. He does NOT know that GTA is responsible for those killings. The person that killed the officers is. That doesn't make for good TV though.
The military, Nancy, uses these murder simulators, killing simulators...
Yes, far more complicated, confusing, and deep military simulations that will keep troops ALIVE as they're fighting a war overseas. America's Army is available free from a US government website. It's a recruiting tool, and it has nothing to do with desensitizing people. If you think killing a person in real life and killing a game character are one in the same, seek professional help immediately, please.
GRACE: Incredible! Incredible! I can hardly even focus on what you're saying, Jack.
Of course you can't Nancy. If you did, you're ratings wouldn't be up because people would see right through you.
DINO LOMBARDI, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Nancy, people kill cops. Video games don't kill cops.
Hey, look here. A voice of reason.
DEBRA OPRI, ATTORNEY FOR JACKSON`S PARENTS: You know, you are really upsetting me, Nancy, because you used the 1st Amendment to destroy Michael Jackson, and you won't use the 1st Amendment to protect an entertainment company.
You're not the only one becoming annoyed, though what Michael Jackson's defense attorney has to do with anything on this topic is beyond me. Of course, it doesn't matter as she's cut off before she can get a word in and the show cuts to a commercial. How convenient.
GRACE: Well, Senator Chuck Schumer is asking the video game 25 to Life be boycotted. It depicts street gang violence, killing cops. This is what your kids will be digesting if you buy this for $49.95. You're seeing at the bottom of the screen one law officer after the next gunned down in the line of duty.
This is immediately after the commercial break. She fails to mention the rating system. In fact, she probably doesn't know it exists, doesn't want to say it to weaken her argument, or just didn't want parents to know anything about it. Instead of doing good, attempting to inform parents who may not yet know of the system (and if they don't, they likely don't care anyway), she blindsides Eidos saying the player is killing cops. Those aren't cops Nancy. They never will be.
BETHANY MARSHALL, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: Well, I'll tell you what does have to do with violence, strong emotional experiences. And when those kids are gaming and they press the button or the mouse and they actually kill somebody and there's an emotional charge that does rewire the brain. And another thing that affects violence is lack of parental rules. So a question I have with these games are, Where are the parents.
This person appeared out of nowhere on the show, and does hit one point: the parents are responsible. While pushing a button is nothing like shooting a gun (and where this idea comes from is baffling to me; I have no clue how to load or fire a firearm after 20 years of gaming), at least she acknowledges, however minutely, the parental guidance issues.
GRACE:… But in the last Tennessee shooting, where a kid shot two cops and a third person, they had been watching this Grand Theft Auto for days on end. It said life is like a video game. And you're still telling me this is OK?
LOMBARDI: Well, I'm not saying it's OK, but I don't support censoring it.
GRACE: Yes, you are!
LOMBARDI: I'm not saying it's OK, Nancy.
GRACE: We censor porn...
LOMBARDI: ... and you know I'm not saying it's OK.
GRACE: ... don't we? We censor porn. Why would we let there be cop- shooting videos?
LOMBARDI: We have movies where cops are killed, and we have many instances of people who have killed...
GRACE: But kids can get this!
LOMBARDI: ... who we can show they can have watched such movies.
LOMBARDI: It's not...
GRACE: ... children can get this, Jack Thompson!
The one person that actually has some sense in the conversation, and she fails to let him get a full sentence in. She blatantly ignores the movie comment, refuses to mention children can just as easily get movies (which are more in a child's price range), simply calls them videos, and goes back to her lifeline Thompson with the over acted scare tactic "But the children Jack!" Utter hilarity ensues.
In addition, it's not ok for a child to have a M rated video game, but it's up to the parents discretion. Dombardi tried to slip that in. He wasn't allowed to.
GRACE: ... we logged on to buy Grand Theft Auto. We didn't buy it, but it says, If you're under 17, click here. That's all it takes, Jack. Anybody can get this.
That's wonderful. Care to tell us what a 10-year old is doing with a credit card online? Oh, you skipped that part. Strange, I might have brought that up. Seems relevant.
THOMPSON: Children don't have a 1st Amendment...
I'm no expert in this field, but I believe if a 10-year chose to picket outside of a building to state their beliefs, I believe they're allowed. This shows Thompson's credibility right there.
I have no problem with people who dislike violent video games. I have no problem with people who believe in god. I have no problem with people who stick up for animal rights. I have no problem with people who wish to deliver their message.
I DO have a problem with people who put junk like this on TV, fail to give adequate time to people on the other side, cut them off, and come off much like people who would cry "Fire!" in a crowded theater. It's inciting a false panic, and the only reason this debate continues is because America's parents are not properly monitoring their children. They also believe people like Nancy Grace. And much like Schumer did, Nancy just made every kid in America want this game.
Way to save Eidos millions in advertising.