One of the major networks should start a new reality show on video games. They only need to look at one small portion of the industry, which would make the budget small, because that's the only one most of the nation knows about. So, in the past few weeks, Bully, Sims 2, and Killer 7 along with a few flash games have made the news.
Most of this debate is from Miami attorney Jack Thompson. He's the one that has some sort of vendetta against the industry. That, or he wants the financial gain that could come from manipulating people into believing he actually has a point.
To keep things in chronological order, Thompson started with the Sims 2, one of PC gamings most popular franchises ever. It's one of the few to crack the women demographic, with 50% of the players being women. With a T rating, Thompson decided to attack mere days after everyone thought the Grand Theft Auto coverage was winding down, even going as far to state The Sims was worse than GTA due to a code that removed the pixelization from the nude Sims.
It wasn't long before Thompson was shot down because of his own ignorance. There is no nudity when the code is used to remove the TV-like pixels. Just flat Barbie-doll like bodies, with no discernable features. He claimed this gave pedophiles some sort of stage to rehearse their perverted acts. He may be ignorant, but he knows how to twist an argument and garner press. Since his announcement, nothing has been said on the topic besides a small press release from EA.
Next comes Bully, Rockstar's latest title, and if any of these debates continue, it's going to be against this one. Player's control a school kid who has been bullied relentlessly and finally decides to stand up for himself. The rating is not yet determined, though a T or an M is possible. The games sometimes playful, sometimes violent nature was enough to draw protest from the Peaceaholics, who unsurprisingly, were followed by Thompson. He managed to get his face on TV again.
Peaceaholics compared Rockstar to felons, and it seems to have fallen deaf ears. Rockstar has made no statement, and the game is still scheduled for release. An ABC News story put the game in the same category as internet flash games; not even making the distinction these games weren't playable on any major game console.