Townhall.com::The "Sex-Box" Race for President::By Kevin McCullough
This article is so hilariously misinformed and wrong about every fact that it could easily be an Onion article. See, it's about Bioware's Mass Effect which I happened to have completed last weekend. Mass Effect is a sci-fi epic about the usual things sci-fi epics are about: genocide, racial tolerance, one small ship vs. a million enemies, and so on. It's notable for being beautiful, better written than almost any game this year, possessing a new dialogue tree system that is genuinely engrossing, and also having a tasteful 40-second sex scene at the very end of the game. Said sex scene shows no genitalia, and consists only of quick cuts and implications.
Here is what this columnist has to say:
I know that they all probably assume they have better, much more important, urgent, timely, things to campaign on, but I sure would like to get their individual takes on the new video game that one company is marketing to fifteen year old boys.
It's called "Mass Effect" and it allows its players - universally male no doubt - to engage in the most realistic sex acts ever conceived. One can custom design the shape, form, bodies, race, hair style, breast size of the images they wish to "engage" and then watch in crystal clear, LCD, 54 inch screen, HD clarity as the video game "persons" hump in every form, format, multiple, gender-oriented possibility they can think of.
The objections to such filth should be simple to understand.
Starting with the disgusting idea that one can "create" their own versions of what people look like, removing warts, moles, and bald spots while enhancing - shall we say - the extended features of the game's characters tends to objectify women, sex, and human relationships. Right? We can all agree on this?
Did someone show him Second Life and claim it was Mass Effect? Probably not. He's probably just making up the worst thing he can think of.
The sex is so tame that it's more like two people hugging for 40 seconds in dim lighting. And the character creation that he finds bizarrely offensive only involves designing the face of your character. There is no option for bust size or cock size or whatever.
This kind of journalism is hilarious, but extremely harmful. This man should lose his job for making shit up, just like other reporters have in the past.