Out of Touch Mom Apologizes (Sort of)

January 7, 2010 -

Orange County Register columnist Marla Jo Fisher took to her blog to issue an apology of sorts for writing that videogames were created by Satan.

Noting that her blog was inundated with comments from outraged gamers, Fisher entitles her post My Bad: Video Games Are Not From Satan, and proceeds to substitute Harry Potter’s Lord Voldemort for Satan as the specter behind evil videogames.

Fisher then resumed her rant against games and gamers, stereotyping videogame addicts as having a “deathly pallor,” who have “forgotten what daylight looks like.”

What does she think about videogamers that, inspired by their love of the medium, eventually became developers?

Also, I’m not too convinced by people who were such ardent gamers they became video game creators. That’s like saying, “Gee, I loved crack so much, I went to Colombia and started my own business and now I’m rich.”

How about the educational merits of videogames?

Video games are educational? Sorry, people, I do not believe for one second you are learning quantum physics while you are shooting down zombies. Or that you got your scholarship to MIT by using the skills you learned shooting guerrillas.

About the only insult missing from Fisher’s column is a quip about gamers living in their parent’s darkened basement—something to look forward to in her next blog perhaps.


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Re: Out of Touch Mom Apologizes (Sort of)

Ignoring the intolerant Christian bashing going up there, we have another Jack Thompson wannabe on our hands here.

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Wow, anyone complaining that Christians or any other group overreact to BS only has to come here to see a bunch of gamers overreact. We need to stop taking ourselves so seriously, and some people really need to get off their high horses.

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She already is accepting the fact that moderating Video games is a good idea(but will let her Children Play the games at others house) She is just asking for The Gamer onslaught to end, period.

http://themomblog.freedomblogging.com/2010/01/08/my-kids-have-sad-pathet...

 

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Out of Touch Mom Apologizes (Sort of)

And the saga continues...

*prepares Gears of War Lancer*

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Didn't reply to the correct post

 

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I left this comment on BigMamma´s Blog (sorry, Grumpy Mom):

For the people who think she is trolling, let me say that I made a comment about her weight and asking her to make an article about obesity because it is a real social problem, and using the same tone she is using with gamers. They deleted the post.

If she were trolling for real, then everything goes and she should not (or her moderator) being deleting any post. In the case she is properly trolling, she should take any kind of comment.

I´m glad to see the vast majority of gamers are intelligent and polite enough to make great comments without recur to insults (even if she doesn´t deserve any kind of civility, if you let me say).

Anyways, she thinks this is funny, comparing a great number of kids and adults with crack addicts or dealers, when in the real world (a place she hardly know) being an addict to a real subtance is not a matter of game when you are a journalist or a columner in a serious publication (yeah, she said it´s humor, but she fails at being actually humorous).

And video game addiction is still not recognized as a disease for american authorities because for 20 years nobody can get a concensous about it and there is not enough evidence even when millions of people are playing any kind of game in the last years. Millions of normal people against a bunch of idiots and troubled individuals like the stupid video she posted trying to desmostrate her points (that doesn´t prove anything, and Tyra sucks, by the way).

But she isn´t listening because is too funny. I again invite her to write an article about obesity. Is gonna be more easy to make a funny article about "fat people" because there is actually more evidence about it that "video games addiction".

As I said before, you fail at tolerance, research, as being funny, etc.

And here is an article about a lovely guy named Jack Thompson, who lost his job as a lawyer for lying every single time he could and also talked trash about gamers and games. You are walking the same path. Enjoy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Thompson_(activist)
 

 

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Re: Out of Touch Mom Apologizes (Sort of)

Yeah, you know, because there are no smart nerds right?

Perhaps someone should tip her off to the LHC joke involving a headcrab hat and a crowbar, and how quickly the people there caught on.  I would like her to try and say that the people working there are not phenomenally brilliant.

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I know some of you think she's just a troll, or that it's a joke or something... I don't think that's the case.

The blog is written and posted in the Humour section of the site... fair enough. However, I think that has more to do with the idea that the blogs themselves are supposed to be of the Dave Barry variety; humurous, but often pointed and with a message that is serious. I think she means it. I think she tried to phrase it in a way that like-minded people would find amusing... but I actually think she thinks these things about gaming.

Moreover, I feel sorry for her. She's clearly under-educated and under-exposed. She probably had her first kid when she was in her very early twenties or even late teens, severely restricting her ability to experience life and the world. I don't know much about her, but her polarized way of approaching issues seems to indicate a fundamentalism, probably religious, but I'm also not ruling out the "Cult of Oprah".

All in all, she's likely harmless. Lots of people have blogs... most make zero difference whatsoever.

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complete edit: someone posted there pointing out that both blog posts were under the humor section

岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

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」

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Already mentioned It^^^^^^^^^^^^

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

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She's just a troll, and the gaming media is feeding her.  These two blog posts have probably had more views each than all of her other posts put together, so I guess her little stunt worked.

I realize it's gaming related "news", but some things are so asinine that they are not worth dignifying with a response, or even an acknowledgement.

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1) I think this mom is not serious, just a troll.

2) As for the attack on religion, as much as I have much against religious views, this is not where near representative to Christianity. It's like using the Columbine kids as example of gamers.

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As far as educational games go, I would have to bring up the example of Where in the World is Carman Sandiago. Great fun game, flying all over the world to catch criminals who stole world artifacts that are so big that they have to bring a truck just to steal them. When you fly to different countries you visit the countries major cities.

So in any case, this mother has got everything wrong because she only thinks that videogames are about shooting things, where I on the other hand have got a far more better idea of what videogames are because I have PLAYED videogames and have understood ever since I was a kid that videogames are more than just shooting aliens or zombies.

 

TBoneTony

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Guess what, we've been pranked by the same out of touch Mom. Both This article 

and the more recent one http://themomblog.freedomblogging.com/2010/01/07/kids-on-computers-in-mi... are posted under the humor Section

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

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The more Christians I meet, the more I appreciate lions.

 

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This is me...

http://i16.servimg.com/u/f16/11/45/02/64/honeym10.jpg

As you can see, from my easily 30+ hours a week gaming(plenty of FPS and other violent games), I am a deathly pale shut in with no job (who certainly couldn't afford a honey moon to the US from Australia), no prospects and obviously no loving wife.  Plus I'm probably maladjusted and ready to explode at any second...

Stereotypes are pointless and this women has, probably completely by accident, managed to troll so many people it's not funny.  Giving the nutballs air time gives them far more credibility than they deserve.  Her viewpoint wasn't credible to begin and only the other nutballs are going to believe her, why do we legitimise her viewpoint by giving it an opposition?

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Well you are a touch pale. But on the other hand. Your wife is a very lovely woman. Grats!

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I'm getting sick and tired of the Out of touch mom vs GP/Kotaku/Destructoid Baseball bat a thon(as in Beating the dead horse), The person Should have Never post the videogames are invented by the devil Blog post, Should of never happened.

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

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I'm studying Computer Science because of RPG Maker. I discovered RPG Maker by downloading ROMS. So yes, without games I wouldn't be doing this. I'd probably have dropped out of math. I wouldn't have been online for ten years either, wouldn't have improved my english like this, would have had far less challenges, wouldn't have joined a gaming club and gone out with mates. Without games I would be less social than I am now.

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I honestly hope one of her kids ***

AE: Let's leave her family out of this.

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Nice to see the levels of whining go beyond the target of the whining....


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I remeber one episode of the simpsons where Bart is playing a videogame about blowing up state capitals but throws the controller down when he realises its educational.

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Well she's certainly found a way to boost her readership. The old "Fox News Gambit". Very droll.

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She hasn't had enough attention yet?

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People, do not go to that woman's blog and respond.  She is just a lonely, useless human being who took a fictional book too seriously as a child and now thinks that everything is the devil.  If you stop giving her attention, then she'll stop writing. 

  Hail Satan!

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I went to look at other people's comments on her blog & one guy points out what stories she has written & say sthat the ice cream truck w/the song that goes around the neighorhood was created by satan too.

 

 

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Regardless of whether or not it's meant to be satire, it's still reinforcing ignorance and stereotypes.

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a wise man once said, "Don't feed the trolls!"

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Regarding the educational merits of videogames... you make fun of her comment but don't offer any sort of rebuttal. Quite frankly that makes you as bad as her. I suspect there are some videogames that are educational to one degree or another (for example, Scribblenauts or Brain Age) but the people commenting on her statement are probably mostly playing L4D, CoD, Halo, and the like, and while I enjoy playing those games myself, there's nothing remotely educational about them (and "but, but, but, it improves my hand/eye coordination" isn't "educational").

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What about that Christian game, by the way? Was that evil as well?

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Yeah, it really is too bad GamePolitics has absolutely no articles on the subject of how games can be educational.  Somebody should probably do something about that.

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I'm not against regulation of gaming time, in fact i encourage it in younger children who aren't quite capable of saying enough is enough (hey, even i take breaks after 3 or 4 hours), but to flat out refuse to accept the medium just shows ignorence.

but i get a laugh because you know what? these people can't win. these anti-video game people are destined to ridicule and failure because we have the greatest ally possible: Time. they get old, move out, we move in, and nobody proceeds to give a shit about the newest "outrage" because they'll be as commonplace to us as violent movies.

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Actually, I would say our greatest alley is logic. We're right, and they're wrong due to their fallacies.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

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"Here's a troll, go feed her."

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She certainly looks like one.

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Erasing this post, because I'm 95% certain this is just a big joke (from her PoV, at least)


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"substitute Harry Potter’s Lord Voldemort for Satan as the specter behind evil videogames."

OK I'm convinced it was Poe's Law.

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Seriously, I fucking hate Christians, and people like this woman reaffirms my hatred.  Don't give me that "not all of us are like that" line either, because I just don't care anymore.

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ITT: Zerodash shows how bigotted and hateful he is by stereotyping all Christians as bigotted and hateful. Just another case of the pot calling the kettle black. Nothing to new see here, folks, just an atheist hypocrite acting high and mighty. If you want another show, I'm sure he'll do it again the next time someone mentions Christians.

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Well, have Zerodash ever show any hate to any other religion beside Christian (anyone can answer my question)?  Because we all know that for every religion, they'll be a fanatics/extremists.  It's the way it is.  I have a love-hate relationship when it comes to religion.  I never badmouth a religion for that reason.  I know in life, everything comes with a pro and con.     

 

Re: Out of Touch Mom Apologizes (Sort of)

I don't personally remember him ripping into any other religions, but other religions seldom make appearances on this site, either. Christianity, on the other hand, probably averages around one appearance per week, and Zerodash is always here to rip into it like he has for the past three years at least. Christianity is also probably the most prevalent religion in the US, so he's more likely to respond to it anyway.

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Zerodash,
 

 

You are an ignorant fool.  If you're going to hate Christians, you're going to have to hate every other religion also.  Because there are fanatics in other religion also, not only christians.  Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism have their own fanatics, and Extremists.  They can bash and bitch about video game also not only christian fanatic/radicalists.  Look, many people who have religion hate fanatic and extremist.  Many people said that manipulating religion as a weapon, and manipulating people is very much unforgivable and insult their religion.  Even real Muslim condenmed Al-Queda practice.  If a buddhist fanatic is form, I rather condenmed them then hate my religion and become athiest because religion comes with both good and bad.  In life, anything comes with both pro and con.  Religion is one of them.     

 

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I know!  It's just like those African Americans who break laws!  They're really a detriment to their race.

 

 

 

*If you can't see the connection and the logical falicy of that statement; you need to do some research.

Re: Out of Touch Mom Apologizes (Sort of)

You and her, so so very much alike.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

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Christian Troll Bait used.

IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE. 

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Unfortunately it is. You'd think people would just ignore him by now; he does this same old hypocritical act in every topic relating to religion and in many that don't have any connection.

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If by Hypocritical you mean intolerant of Christians while complaining about thier intolerance, you have to realize that Christians are the ones on the Oppressive side. They need to be pushed back and fought against. We can't just sit there and say: "Ok, Christians! Take our freedoms away!"

Re: Out of Touch Mom Apologizes (Sort of)

And what of the Christians who are fighting on your side for the very same freedoms?

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

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While I still think their religious beliefs are stupid, I'm certainly less hostile to them, and don't hate them like I hate those who follow anti-gay religions.

Like I said, you can believe what you want, until you start to violate my own personal freedoms with those beliefs. Up until that point, you are cool, when you cross it, you've become something I need to fight against.

 
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