VideoJank: North Carolina Local News Station Reports on Portal 2’s “Insensit…Uhh…Insenstitivity”

Possible Portal 2 spoilers ahoy!

Oh boy, where to begin?

This is the sort of thing that’s not worth getting in a huff about. At this point poorly reported, sensationalist news stories decrying video games are still commonplace. While the fact that my favorite medium is still horribly misunderstood by society at large is a bit infuriating, I’ve come to accept the fact that, for the most part, people just don’t get it and never will. It’s a generational thing.

What’s more abhorrent (or hilarious) about this particular instance is just how riddled with misinformation the story is. The reporter calls Portal 2 “a game that bills itself as educational” and “a popular kids’ video game.”

Huh? Neither of those statements are true. But you know that.

Oh and later on when they try to do some actual reporting they contact the completely wrong people and cajole Sony for their own reporting mistakes. “We did contact Sony, who distributes the game. [Uh…false] They told us to contact Valve, the company that actually created the game. I did. We have not heard back from them.” The reporter then gives a devious look to the camera, using body language to infer something shady is going on.

Was there not a single person at this station who could have told this team how royally they were screwing up? Surely there must be an intern or something who has at least a  passing knowledge of things?

To be fair though, I see where the father is coming from. I wouldn’t want my adopted child hearing these things. That said, as the father of an adopted child he should be able to muster someway of explaining the situation to her and making her feel loved. After all, these are hateful things that could be said to her by real kids. If he gets this flustered when a video game character teases her, I’d hate to see what happens when his daughter returns from elementary school crying over being bullied.

About Matt Gerardi
Matt Gerardi is a journalist and musician. He also happens to write about video games.

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