Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

June 13, 2009 -

When  televised cop and medical dramas tackle video game themes, there's usually a large dollop of sensationalism attached.

That being the case, we'll be cautiously Tivoing Fox's June 16th episode of Mental. A preview describes the episode:

JACK TREATS A YOUNG BOY WHO IS CONSUMED WITH A VIDEO GAME THAT EXISTS ONLY IN HIS HEAD ON AN ALL-NEW “MENTAL” TUESDAY, JUNE 16, ON FOX

An 8-year-old bipolar boy whose life is consumed by a video game he plays in his head is admitted to Wharton Memorial for an accident involving a knife. When it turns out the accident was really a suicide attempt, Jack must try to get inside the little boy’s head to find out what is triggering his life-threatening rages. But when the boy bolts from the psych ward, Jack must try to save him by engaging him in his own mind game.

Here's a preview clip...


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Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

I'm impressed with the sanity present in these comments so far. Not too many people going crazy rage on the show (I'm watching you Kincyr). From what I hear it's not a very good show, could be funny though.

What are the bets that there will be some crazy ass parents who take this seriously and burn all their child's games and then are hospitalized for accidentally inhaling the fumes?

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Wonder what game he's playing in his head?  Super Mario Bros?

Damnit, now I got the theme song stuck in my head!!!

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

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Meh House is better.

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I have my own imaginary Videogames, but I don't really tell people about them.

 

I play my imaginary videogames when I am also playing my REAL Videogames.

The secret is that I play a game, then I 'IMAGINE' what is really happening behind those scenes.

TBoneTony

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This doesn't really have anything to do with video games, the way its being presented its all about the crazy and not about the games.

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Oh great, this going to be like the law and order episode where the crooks some how hid an excel speadsheet on a Prince of Persia disc that could only be accessed by beating the 10th level.

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You mean the 1984 bomb "Cloak & Dagger"?

 

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I'm Charlie Owens, good night, and good luck.

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

It sounds less like a shot at violent video games, and more like a tribute to the one 70s or 80s hospital show that's ending showed it occured only in a boy with autism's head.

The addition of 'video' as an adjective to 'games' sounds like a mistake on the preview author's part. Of course, I don't watch the show so I'm only guessing. Most of the major network's primary channel's programming is just boring as watching paint dry. Big bang theory's gotten there too. I mean, what do they expect? "YAYFEARMONGERINGLOL, YAYINNUENDOLOL, YAYREALITYSHOWLOL".

Down with TV, up with the Internet.

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Mental looks like it will last two seasons at most. It's Fox's inconsistency with their prime-time shows that led me to miss most of 24. Remember this was about the time when Firefly and Futurama were yanked from their lineup.

When 24 first came out I thought "Cool....another Fox series I can get into. Nah, better not to watch it and spare myself the disappointment because Fox cancels all good action shows now." 6 seasons later....DAMMIT!

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

Seen Season 1 and you've seen Seasons 2-6.

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(Moved to where it was supposed to go -- I hate these comment sections :/ ('cause of the apparent difficulty I have using them <.<))

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

You guys realize that Mental is a fictional show. They take various illnesses and exaggerates them to make a show out of it. It's a very odd show and nothing to take seriously.

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

Tell that to those who take CSI too seriously.

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

Don't forget House.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

But we have to take it too seriously! That's what interest groups do!


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...a video game he plays in his head...

On Earth we call that "imagination."

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the dumbasses at FOX don't understand that if it's not on a video screen it's not a videogame. Then again, I shouldn't be surprised, seeing how it's FOX.

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岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

Did you watch the clip? The kid isn't playing it with his eyes closed. He's clearly imagining a screen present.

Also, Fox Entertainment has almost nothing to do with Fox News division. Entirely different people.

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

Fox is Fox.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

Mental has about as much to do with real mental illness and treatment as Starsky and Hutch did with police work. Plus, it's a terrible, terrible show. I wouldn't bother.

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If should be more fun if they include some reference of certain disbarred-crazy-lawyer. That would be better.

Jack: THEY WANT TO KILL ME.

The other Jack: Who, Jack, who want to kill you.

Jack: Videogames-- videogames--  videogames-- games --games (start singing Fantasy Vs. Reality clip)

The other Jack: You know, the hell with this. Even me can´t face this level of bullcrap. 

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I always wanted South Park to do a Thompson parody, but nobody except basically "us" know who he is. Until he gets more world renowned we're left with OUR imaginations.

You hear that, Jacky? You have to step your game up if you want to be prime time parody material.

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

Hey, I know a person like that!


Steam ID: canadakiller

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 So what, it's an imaginary video game, in his mind? Could his parents not afford any real ones?

Either way it sounds more like the plots to a few anime than it does a plausible idea for a medical drama.

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Exactly. Even the most serious anime are supposed to be taken with a grain of salt. Japanese and Otaku know this. However folks that watch 'serious' American prime time medical dramas are a bit of a different breed. The word hypochondriac comes to mind.

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Tie-in with FOX and Friends the next day - "Video games turn children insane."

And then Glenn Beck will scream about all the violence depicted in the fictional kid's, fictional game.

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Glenn doesn't scream anymore, he cries.

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Well, that's because *sob* he just *choke* LOVES this country SO MUCH!  *sob*

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This is the same as engaging anyone else's fantasy world, just the terminology of the world differs.

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Yeah, I bet if they said he thinks he's living in a fantasy world, has a sort of HUD, or gets "goals" or "objectives" in his head, it would be far more acceptable than saying he's living a video game... even though that's pretty much what a video game usually is.

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Wow, playing games in his mind? Must save him a fortune on game discs.


Steam ID: canadakiller

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

He still pretends to use BitTorrent.

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Oooo, an IMAGINARY game? Is that so they don't have to base what follows on any sort of fact, and also so they won't be able to get sued?

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Great, since we all know how crazy gamers are. (sarcasm)

Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

If he had E.T. for the Atari in his head, I'd kill myself too.

J/K

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Re: Tivo Alert: Fox's Mental Series Tackles Gaming... Uh-oh.

Funny story, I was helping my girlfriend clean out an old house her parents owned, and we found an atari and ET. 

 
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