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News media flagrantly lies about video games - again

By Scott Tibbs, July 26, 2010

When it comes to video games, you simply cannot trust the mainstream news media. This has been obvious for nearly two decades now, and the MSM has made no effort to reform itself despite repeated humiliations caused either by laziness or outright dishonesty. Unless you're reading a source specifically dedicated to covering the video game industry, you have to take what you're reading with a grain of salt.

Let's have a little history lesson. In the early 1990's, Sega released a game called "Night Trap" for the Sega CD, an add-on to the Genesis. It was a horror-themed game where the player had to spring traps at specific times in order to trap monsters that were invading a house to kill the women inside.

Basically, the player had to memorize when and where to spring the traps. The MSM's sensationalistic coverage - and fact-deprived Congressional "hearings" - led people to believe that the player was the one killing the women. Furthermore, The grainy full motion video was much more tame than sensationalistic news media coverage or shameless liars in Congress would have led you to believe.

Now we have another day, and another set of shameless lies by the mainstream media. A British "newspaper" reported that Rockstar Games was going to make a "Grand Theft Auto" sequel about the infamous crimes in Rothbury. The problem is there was no such game. It was made up out of whole cloth. The "newspaper" didn't even bother to contact Rockstar Games to confirm the rumor - because facts would get in the way of a despicable smear.

This wasn't even a mistake. This is a fabrication meant to smear a company to increase readership for the so-called "newspaper" - something that should not surprise anyone who has followed the mainstream media's coverage of the video game industry for any length of time. This is truly shameful.

Previous articles:

Be a parent! -- March 26, 2010

News Flash: Video Games are not real -- March 25, 2009

Jack Thompson's jihad against video games -- January 14, 2008

Why can't the media get basic facts right? -- June 12, 2007

Bayh's video game crusade misguided -- December 5, 2005

Super Mario Brothers made me break my hand -- July 29, 2005

We don't need government to police video games -- December 20th, 2004