Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old Gamer

June 17, 2009 -

We've been mentioning (warning?) GamePolitics readers that last night's episode of Mental included a plot element about a violent, 8-year-old gamer.

Fidgit's Tom Chick caught the show and serves up a detailed report [SPOILER ALERT]:

If you're watching [Mental], you probably caught last night's episode in which a kid is deprived of videogames, and therefore invents one in his head.

But the problem is that the videogame he invents in his head sucks... the kid ends up freaking out, hurting his mother with a knife, and then going catatonic. I know how he feels. I've played some bad videogames in my time, too. The kid's hands keep twitching as if he were playing a videogame. With a console controller, of course...

 

The situation is resolved when the sensitive physician with a lot of time on his hands guides his misunderstood patient through how to play the imaginary videogame...

Once he's beat the game in his head, he reconciles with his neglectful father and starts on his medication.

You can catch the full episode yourself at the Mental website. But you'll have to install Fox's video player; I'm not crazy about that...

GP: So, I watched the episode this morning and didn't find that it especially sensationalized games. Don't want to spoil it for anyone who may decide to check it out, so I won't say more about that for now. Overall, the show offers a sensitive treatment of mental health issues.


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Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

You know, I think this is a crappy clone type show, and yet I've watched every goddamn episode. Also, the game in the kids head does suck.

 

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Mental tries to be House for mental disorders.

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Did they play co-op at the end?

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Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Yes, they did.

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Aw. That sounds heart warming.

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Once he's beat the game in his head, he reconciles with his neglectful father and starts on his medication.

he reconciles with his neglectful father

neglectful father

so nobody thinks his father being neglectful might have had anything to do with his problem?

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Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

 

what. are. you. talking about. the entire point was that it wasn't demonizing videogames, it was much more about the kids mental and other problems

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

So how long you think it will be, before polticians try to use this episode as proof of video games turning kids insane?

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

 

how long do you think it will be before people stop making stupid assumptions

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

This isn't that odd. When I was deprived of TV when I was a kid, I would frequently start making stuff up in my head. Apparently the schools thought this was questionable behavior, and didn't like that I had such an active imagination.

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Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Of course it's questionable. Imagination and creativity are things chools hate.

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

And anti-gamers too. That's one major reason; games stilmulate imagination, and the anti-gamers never had any to speak of. They don't understand imagination and creativity, and they hate anything that has to do with it.

"They fear what they don't understand, and they despise what they fear." -Janos Audron

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Replace "games" with "psychedelics" and you will be more correct.

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

You guys realize that you sound as insane as the 'crazy anti-gamers' right now right? 

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

No, the government is trying to keep us down and the aliens too.

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Mman ,a kid like that would an anti-game crusader's wet dream.

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

And I repeat that certain disbarred lawyer should be a better subject than any troubled gamer. Maybe for season finale...

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Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

The kid's hands keep twitching as if he were playing a videogame. With a console controller, of course...

I did this when I was a kid, except I used an imaginary joystick.  The other kids made fun of me because it looked like jerking off.

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

I didnt get to watch it.. ><, I still wasnt able to get fox last night cause of the HDTV digital switch.

I missed that and my daily dose of the simpsons.

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Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Or, if you don't want to go to Fox's website, go to Hulu.

http://www.hulu.com/mental

 

What?  I like Hulu.

 

 

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Hulu is awesome. I have been rewatching Arrested Development there.

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Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

Same.  I've used it to watch eps of Dollhouse and Fringe that my DVR failed to record.  Or in the case of the latter, to catch the last 5 minutes I missed because American Idol ran too long (Another reason for me to hate that show!)

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

I agree. I go there to watch Family Guy clips.

Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

The game looks like it would be one massive quick time event. I imagine there was a little voice in the kids head saying "Press X to not die"

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Re: Last Night's Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old ...

"the problem is that the videogame he invents in his head sucks..."

So they used Cheetahmen as their inspiration, then?  That would drive me crazy too!

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