Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

May 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Conservative TV and radio host Glenn Beck criticized Ubisoft's recently released open-world hacking game Watch Dogs on his Internet TV show. During a recent episode of his show The Blaze, Beck called the game's protagonist Aiden Pearce an "anti-hero."

"Why must everyone be an anti-hero? Why must everyone break the law? Why can't we have a Superman? Why can't we have somebody who is doing the right thing, does the hard thing? Instead, everybody is an anti-hero," Beck said.

Beck also took issue with how "Watch Dogs promotes hacking."

"The idea here is they are teaching you to hack and then become the ultimate voyeur in other people's lives--including their bedrooms--by hacking into their phones and everything," Beck said. "This game is teaching people to hack into whatever is docked in your bedroom. What the heck is wrong with us? What are we thinking? We are inviting this into our home and our lives. We are teaching our kids [hacking] for entertainment purposes."

Beck also said that there's no clear data on how games affect our brains:

"These games re-wire your brain; we don't even know what they do yet. This is brand new stuff," Beck said.

You can watch the show on YouTube or to your left.

Source: Polygon


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Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

"Why can't we have a Superman?"

What, he'd rather have the guy who, according to Man of Steel, would destroy $700 billion dollars of physical property and would have killed around 129,000 people?

Yeah, that's a good role to play...

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Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

I'm not an "anti-hero" you oversimplistic fool. I always play a chaotic good Byronic Hero.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Watchdogs teaches you how to hack traffic signals the same way Battlefield teaches you to fly military aircraft, meaning it doesn't.

And of course Glenn Beck wants more heroes like Superman, since Superman is a boring status quo stiff like he is.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

I think he just name-checked Superman because he's an angry old man who's completely out of touch, and that's the only one he can name.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Wait, so you're telling me you can't just go running around hacking things by pressing a single button...?

I'd also hypothesize he stated Superman since he's always been seen as a "true blue American" hero, despite the little illegal alien thing, or where he renounced his US citizenship for a time. Why don't they ever recall a little WWII vet by the name of Captain America...? IMO Superman's boring as heck. He can't really die unless you get the one deus ex machina in the series (not counting Doomsday). There's no real suspense he might not win the day for the forces of good.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Well, since hacking would be to hastily put something together for it to work now with little to no regard for later usage, sure, I'd say by definition it can't be as simple as a button press. However, if you meant cracking/phreaking, where you get illegitimate entrance in a computer/network and make it do things you want, but that it isn't suppose to do, I'd actually wager than more than half of real life instances are actually as simple as pressing a or a few buttons, since they often rely on pre-made algorithm, unsecured key and brute-forcing.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

OR on someone to be dumb enough to download it to their computer.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Why can't we have a Superman?

Someone send him Superman 64.

Apart from that, just ignore what conservatives say. I never heard one of them say something sensible. Don't even write news about them. They shouldn't get free promotion like that.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

haha, I doubt he has ever played a video game in his life.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Beck aside, the rise of the anti-hero in popular culture is a rather fascinating shift, as is the theme of 'heroes' being jerks.

I suspect a lot of it is 'guilt by association', classically heroic figures are often held up as ideals by many of the same people who mistreat fringe or alternative communities, thus they have become symbols of oppression rather then heroics, they benefit certain parts of society but are on the same side as the people who wish to keep 'us deviants' in our place, and enough of us have spent time in the 'outside' box to resonate with fighting back against that.

Why are police so often the bad guys?  Well, the police are perceived as, at best, not protecting everyone equally and worst being instruments of authority being used to quiet people who would make life inconvient to the socioeconomic groups currently enjoying a nice superior life.  Thus characters who fight them are increasingly popular.

Beck on the other hand is a big supporter of authoritarianism, a believer in people who hold power should not be constrained at that real oppression is preventing people who have strength from using it as they like.  Thus he does not resonate with people who seek to undermine power or obtain agency though alternative means or structures.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Is Beck even relevant anymore? Dubious.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Considering this is the same man who once gave Jack Thompson an open platform to spout his BS, this is hardly surprising.

Also, I can't see how anyone would consider The Blaze to be a legitimate source of news.  In some ways, they're worse than Fox.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

"The idea here is they are teaching you to hack and then become the ultimate voyeur in other people's lives--including their bedrooms--by hacking into their phones and everything," Beck said. "This game is teaching people to hack into whatever is docked in your bedroom. What the heck is wrong with us? What are we thinking? We are inviting this into our home and our lives. We are teaching our kids [hacking] for entertainment purposes."

Yes. How dare we promote the idea that people other than the government should be doing this. We should only allow the government to hack our phones and our "bedrooms". NSA forever.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Except Glenn Beck has been one of the most outspoken critics of the NSA and their spying operations...

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Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Only when there is a democrat in charge.   When a republican was in the whitehouse he was very critical of people who might undermine or question national security.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

That would be news to me.  However, I never watch his stuff.

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Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Oh. Ok. I was under the impression that it is okay to comment on things without any actual knowledge or experience with them. At least that is the impression I got from Glenn Beck.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Hail Hydra!!


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Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Because playing a game where you follow the law is as boring as playing a game where you live a normal life.


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Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

as boring as playing a game where you live a normal life.

The Sims seems to be pretty popular. That is about as close to a game simulated normal life as you can get.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Sims and harvest moon for that matter are hardly normal, its more the prefect life because hard work always equals a good outcome...... Mind you I find Watchdogs and GTA deathly boring too.... give me actiony/dramatic Sci fi and or Fantasy elements plz.


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Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

*Sets a copy of Saints Row IV on the table and slides it across*

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

There are plenty of enticing games that don't deal with illegal activities.

Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

And most of them are deathly boring. Tho if you look at it from the stand point that in the games where the world has little law you are not breaking the law thus you are semi normal.....mmmmmmm


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Re: Glen Beck Criticizes 'Watch Dogs'

Well, there is the whole genre of military games where one is part of the authority structure, people tend to find them entertaining.

 
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