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'Sodomy' in 'Mass Effect'?

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Posted by Lunabean on January 15, 2008 2:31 PM
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While one rarely looks to TownHall.com for editorial based on any sort of fact (after all, the site boasts Ann Coulter as a columnist), I have to admit Kevin McCullough's opinion on Mass Effect has, incredibly, lowered TownHall's credibility even further.

In a piece titled, The 'Sex Bot' Race for President, McCullough begs for a Presidential candidate to promise to sign an imaginary bill that would severely punish the creators of video games that include "simulated sex excess".

What video game's "simulated sex excess" has caused Mr. McCullough to champion the cause of video game censorship? Mass Effect. That's right. The game that provides a sex scene as scandalous as one you might have seen on NYPD Blue in 1994 is what has Mr. McCullough in such a tizzy.

Now, I'm not going to tear apart the many mis-truths and flat out lies McCullough tells about the game (GamePolitics provides that). However, I do feel the need to make this clear to every gamer and/or every gamer parent out there: The sex scene in Mass Effect is no worse than something you would see in a PG-13 movie (and keep in mind, the game is rated M, for 17+). There is a momentary glimpse of a naked bum, but that's it. There is no "full digital nudity", as McCullough writes.

What's more, it is a cutscene. You do not control it. You create a character at the beginning of the game, and, near the end of the game you encounter the scene. The only "active" role you play in the scene is deciding with whom you are going to have sex. This is a far cry from McCullough's claim that one can customize the game so they can, "sodomize whatever, whoever, however, the game player wishes."

Also, there is no online play, so, the "virtual orgasmic rape" McCullough claims is a mere button push away, is also a no go.

What I find most interesting about the editorial is not the number of inaccuracies it contains, nor the fact that McCullough prefers violent war games to those that contain a benign sex scene. No, what I find most interesting is how telling such a piece is about this man's own psyche. There is no sodomy, nor is there rape, but the second he hears that there is a way for him to virtually control sex, this is where his mind goes? Hmmm.

Finally, if any of you dirty birds want to see what the scandal is really about, here's the Mass Effect sex scene, uncensored (if you dare):



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Having played Mass Effect twice I'd like to point out that the game has a very rigid morality that rewards the player for making "good" decisions.

If there were an M+ game that I think would be appropriate for most teens, this would be it, as opposed to something like a GTA game or a survival horror game (Condemned...I'm looking in your direction).

Sure, the game has a few swear words, and yes you do shoot bad guys, but it's all rather tame, not only for the video game world, but for the entertainment world in general.

I'd also like to say that the sex scene, with the Asari alien (blue girl) is more of a metaphysical sex scene, where she goes to great length to explain that sex is more than the act.

I think the author of the Town Hall piece just needs to get laid.




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