CNBC Argues That 'Call Of Duty' Keeps Guys From Finding Dates

from the slow-news-day? dept

Look, we know a couple things about all the cable news networks. First, they suck. Argue all you want for your preferred vendor of nonsense, but you’re wrong, forever and ever, amen. Second, the reason they suck is that there isn’t enough actual news to fill a twenty-four hour cycle, which is why you end up getting the exact same information fed to you from a series of barely discernible personalities (I use that term lightly) hour after mind-numbing hour. Oh, gee, I wonder if Neil Cavuto’s take on what the latest Honey Boo Boo episode has to say about the national debt fight in Egyptian-Syria will be different than Sean Hannity’s. Great. And, finally, we know that the moment any of these networks begin a story that in any way involves video games, we should change the channel, hit the power button, or take an axe to the power outlet. Often times, it may be advisable to do all three.

So if you’re the kind of person that worries you might miss actual stories about games in the media, stop. If you need to be reminded why you should stop, just check out this wonderful exchange on CNBC, which dives into the important topic of whether or not Call of Duty will end the human race by ceasing copulation. Seriously. We'll barely even mention that the entire premise here is that only men play Call of Duty. While that may be the majority, the three women "debating" this act as if no woman has ever considered playing, let alone actually ever played the game. It doesn't even enter the conversation:
Let's start out with the guest host of The Kudlow Report, who lets us know that 100 million CoD players have logged over 2.85 million years in the game, while human beings have only existed for 250k years. And that statistic is vitally important because… yeah, it's not. I could go into the math and make a complicated case for why that amount of time compared with humans walking around and scratching ourselves doesn't mean anything, but if you don't know that inherently, such an analysis will only make you soil yourself, so whatever.

Chiming in on this worthless topic first is Lori Zaslow, whose qualifications include founding dating site Project Soulmate and finding herself alphabetically last in every classroom she ever attended, which, judging by her comments in the video, probably wasn’t all that many. Why is CoD a problem, oh Cupid-wizard?
“It’s easier to connect to technology than reality. It really is. You’re not going to get rejected by technology. And it’s a one on one thing, so you’re avoiding intimacy. You can be Rambo in Call of Duty, but you can’t necessarily be Rambo if you feel scrawny and insecure.”
Whoo-boy, where to start? First off, does getting my head blown off in games count as rejection? I don't know, but it might. Secondly, I wasn't aware that the Call of Duty franchise had shuttered its multiplayer functions. And before anyone starts shouting about how social interactions in multiplayer games aren't the same as IRL socializing, remember that Zaslow runs an online dating site, so lob those verbal grenades at her, too. Once you're done doing that, put in a call to your grandpa and let him know that the feminist movement of the 70's has been successfully nullified. He'll probably be happy to know that all women want these days is a slack-jawed guy with an oversized gun shooting the shit out of everything. At least, that's how I remember Rambo. I wasn't really aware that's what the ladies were looking for these days, but hey, good to know confirmed-female Zaslow. On the other hand, those 100 million CoD players you just insulted? You know, the ones that certainly aren't universally scrawny, insecure, or even male? I'm pretty sure they won't care for your gross mischaracterization.

Unfortunately, CNBC's Caroll Roth, who could have played the hero in this equation, stumbled through her own dumb offerings.
“I’m not upset at guys who play video games, I’m upset at guys who wax. Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
Er, okay. I see we're still going with the 7th century attraction standards, ladies? The waxing thing may sound funny, but turn it around and ask yourself what the reaction would be if a male guest said: "I'm not upset at women who play video games, I'm upset at women who don't shave their legs and don't have my hot meal on the table when I get home. After all, you're just women." Stupid, right? Oh, and before I forget, "everything in moderation, including moderation" is one of those phrases that could shut down your brain and cause it to reboot if you think about it too hard, so don't. Spend more than ten seconds trying to figure out how that sentence is not a complete negation of itself will put you at risk for severe head injury.

But not as much as the comments Zaslow gives when its tossed back to her with the question of whether all the technology of the modern world is making intimacy, which Rambo would call copulation, more difficult.
“I think it’s absolutely tearing people apart, because think about it. If you’re getting addicted to playing a game, you’re not engaging with people. It's definitely not like playing ping pong or pool or tennis. You're not talking when you're playing Call of Duty. Truly. You're calling into not-reality."
Actually, no, not "truly." Falsely. Because lots of people play Call of Duty while talking to others. And I'm not sure yelling "service" and grunting and swearing each time you miss the ball really counts as "talking" while playing tennis either.

The host laughs, before asking about Facebook. You know, technology.
“Facebook definitely brings people together, hence Facebook.”
I, uh…you know, no. Just no. You’re not allowed to one-eighty like that while simultaneously uttering a sentence so devoid of intelligence that it actually makes me dumber for having heard it. Instead, you’re convicted in the eyes of the Supreme Court of the Internet and sentenced to a lifetime of guest appearances on cable news networks. Because this whole conversation is stupid. Video games are just entertainment. And, like apparently every other kind of entertainment, they get maligned, lambasted, and all the other words that mean they’re attacked by those that don’t enjoy them. CoD is no more anti-social than watching television, or movies, or reading a book (Super-solitary!!! Death to books!).

Thus ends your reminder as to why you should never watch cable news, hence cable news.


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    Ninja (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 4:07am

    I'll just leave this here:

    http://metro.co.uk/2013/04/04/xbox-players-better-in-bed-than-playstation-and-wii-rivals-st udy-finds-3582709/

    WHAT IF YOU HAVE ALL 3 CONSOLES?!?!?!

    Back on topic, ignoring the fact that girls also play Call of Duty (and I know a smokin' hot girl that plays and brings hell into the battlefield) she should actually talk to Cod players before making any assumptions. I'll bet she would be surprised. But no, let's just buy into the popular belief that gamers are asexual beings.

    Disclaimer: I don't like 1st-person shooters ;)

     

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    relghuar, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:39am

    ???

    I have a proposition for next headline:

    Did feminist bitches kill chivalry?

    I fancy it's about as misleading as the one above, and in my personal opinion a lot less stupid :-/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:42am

    Re: ???

    No, frankly it's not misleading. The premise of half of feminism is that girls can take care of themselves. Anything to make their lives easier is therefore dumbing things down for them.

    If the tagline is "anything boys can do girls can do better" they can go ahead and mine our coal and chop our wood instead of us.

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:49am

    Its not the game, its how you use it...

    So much fail. In my experience, World of Warcraft has destroyed more relationships than Call of Duty has. If you are more interested in playing a game than dating or spending time with your significant other, then it really doesn't matter whether you are playing CoD or Whirly-word.

    Of course, I suspect, WoW has also brought folks together as well. Games can be highly social events... I just can't wait to hear what the media will think of an OASIS like full immersion game system.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:50am

    Procreation takes minutes, well half an hour if your being romantic, while call of duty takes much much longer. Therefore the first will not show up in the statistics of human behaviour.

     

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    ioconnor (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:51am

    Re: ???

    lol, yes indeed!

    Playing games keeps us free of harpy claws and lives of indentured servitude to them. The system is rigged and games give us freedom.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:53am

    Re: Re: ???

    I always thought about it. I do agree that there's a lot of chauvinism in the world and a lot of discrimination against women in general but... Feminists tend to exaggerate and generalize. They like to be dominant? Fine, there are men that like being dominated. But there are women that are naturally submissive. And this is NOT an issue or something to be corrected. Same with the submissive men. It's a personality trait. If the girl asks you to pull her hair and spank her in the butt what is the freaking problem with that as long as it's consensual and you don't hurt her for real?

    Sure there's prejudice. From both parties nowadays.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:54am

    It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    It's repeatedly bending over and taking it from the gaming companies that's incredibly stupid. I'm sure, somewhere in the executive suites at EA and Sony and Microsoft et.al., they're laughing themselves silly while trying to figure out how they can screw gamers over AGAIN and profit from it.

    And you know: they're probably right. If EA asked gamers to cut off their left nut in order to play their next release, some gamers would do it. (Don't tell me they wouldn't. Look at what they've ALREADY done.)

    The games are, well, bleh: "Call of Duty" appeals to infantile, inferior people with markedly-diminished intelligence. But none of the others are any better, yet the scam keeps working. (See "laughter" above.) So I suggest that the real game, the one that matters, has nothing to do with video or controllers or anything else: it's the way these companies are readily manipulating large numbers of gamers.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:56am

    It seems to have escaped their notice

    First, their comparison with man-years of game playing with number of years of human existence was utterly stupid and properly sets the tone for everything that follows.

    Maybe the hosts' concern stems from inability to find the kind of men they want to date?

    It seems to have completely escaped their notice that some (not all) men who play call of duty might already date . . . other men who play call of duty. But I suspect their imagination is too limited to conceive of that possibility.

     

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    Guardian, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:56am

    i think stpudpeople.com is taken

    lol just saying....

     

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    DannyB (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:58am

    Same ol' complaint, just different excuse

    Thousands of years ago, they would have been complaining exactly the same way, but you could substitute watching football on TV, or some other activity. Any activity. As long as it is something that men enjoy that they want to take away.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:58am

    Re: It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    "Call of Duty" appeals to infantile, inferior people with markedly-diminished intelligence.

    Awesome, you are doing the exact thing being criticized in the article. Who were you in the show?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 6:00am

    So called Cable News is just jealous because people would rather play video games than watch what they call journalism.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 6:01am

    Are these gamers such eligible batchelors elites desirable enough that these women miss them on the dating scene? I doubt it.

    If they are, maybe the easiest way to catch one is to buy CoD, a headset and just play a few games.

    And third, shut the hell up and let people choose their own hobbies. Men rarely complain that all the shopping and spa-visits take women away from the market, right? Same thing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 6:09am

    Re: It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    "But none of the others are any better,"

    Indeed - they are all the same. No need to look further because we have the definitive fact presented to us right here.

    And this is not limited to just video games is it? This universal escape mechanism has the potential to save much effort and can easily be applied to all facets of life. For example, whenever one is upset just claim that everything sucks and you hate everything. This is a very mature response and will surely get you many dates.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 6:11am

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    Agreed.

    Disclaimer: I love 1st person shooters, thinks CoD is a really dumbed down game and generally boring.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 6:14am

    Chivalry isn't dead! It just sold 1.2 million copies and it's really fun!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 6:19am

    Re: It seems to have escaped their notice

    Looks to be sour grapes from cougars, one of which has a financial interest in pimping men (most likely) to other cougars. These "journalists" need to get out more.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 6:26am

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    "Men rarely complain that all the shopping and spa-visits take women away from the market, right?"

    Only when they sucked into it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 6:36am

    ROFL My wife says and I quote "fuck that bitch COD is awesome."
    Now I'm off to go play some COD and just maybe try to get some sexy time while playing.

    Gaming head is the best head.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 6:55am

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    It only takes seconds for me!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 6:56am

    Re: Re: It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    She was the irritating blonde one!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:05am

    Oh, and before I forget, "everything in moderation, including moderation" is one of those phrases that could shut down your brain and cause it to reboot if you think about it too hard, so don't.


    All she was saying here was that every now and then it's ok for people to splurge on something. It may not be the best phrasing but it wasn't that hard to figure out.

     

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    davebarnes (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:07am

    False!

    "there isn’t enough actual news to fill a twenty-four hour cycle" is flat out incorrect.
    There is plenty of news.
    News from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Europe, etc.
    The problems are:
    1. The TV-watching hoi polloi in the USA don't give a crap about news from other countries.
    2. It would cost the cable networks money to cover these foreign stories.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:18am

    I don't play CoD and I have a girlfriend, so this must be true.

     

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    DCX2, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:36am

    Am I the only one bothered by this?

    Chiming in on this worthless topic first is Lori Zaslow, whose qualifications include founding dating site Project Soulmate and finding herself alphabetically last in every classroom she ever attended, which, judging by her comments in the video, probably wasn’t all that many.


    I understand you were going for comedic effect, but was that really necessary? Feels very ad-hom. To quote a particular someone,

    And that statistic is vitally important because… yeah, it's not.

     

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    Berenerd (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:39am

    Re: Re: It seems to have escaped their notice

    Wait...where do I sign up to be pimped out to cougars?

     

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    Berenerd (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:40am

    Re: i think stpudpeople.com is taken

    Yes, i am sure they would lump CoD and LoL in the same category.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:44am

    So from their perspective, the only thing worth doing is chatting with your friends.

    I wonder what they thing of people who spend all day reading book?

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:45am

    Guys keep guys from finding dates.

    Trust me, I know what I'm talking about. I am an introverted, geeky, nervous wreck of a guy and I am one of those who cannot find dates because I am my own worst enemy.

     

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    Bengie, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:55am

    Sexist

    Since they're getting all sexist and think they they're entitled to men who lick their feet, I'm going to say that they need to get home and make a sammich.

    But really, where does one even find decent women? The only time I saw educated women was in college. Once you're out in the real world, there's few places to look.

     

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    Shon Gale, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:59am

    No problem! The more young guys playing Video Games leaves more young girls for us older guys who know how to treat women right. Har......

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 8:00am

    Re: Re: It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    Really? You're actually going to contend that anybody equipped with more than room-temperature intelligence would lower themselves to playing "Call of Duty" or any of the other mindlessly-repetitive games that are designed to be as addictive as possible?

    Please. Spare me. There is certainly value in some forms of gaming (chess, for example, is a very challenging intellectual exercise; parkour is demanding and builds endurance, coordination and strength) but you must surely recognize that all that value has been carefully engineered out of "Call of Duty" and its ilk because the intention is to maximize profits...and effort expended on anything else diminishes ROI.

    Here's an exercise for you. Go count the number of first-person shooter games out there. You don't have to count them all. An estimate will suffice. Now try to figure out why it is that, as you're reading this, there are MULTIPLE companies out there working very hard on creating, releasing and promoting their first-person shooter...which of course per them is different from allll the other ones, but in reality is the same-old same-old.

    Why would they do such a thing?

    Because it's profitable. Because every 10,000 hours of player time they chew up means the cash register ringing for them. And thus they will do anything/everything they possibly can to maximize those profits -- obviously including DRM and other draconian licensing measures -- but also including making them appeal to the lowest common denominator. (Games which appeal only to people in the 95th percentile aren't going to be very profitable.) "Call of Duty" reduces to "Me. Gun. Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!" which is well within the intellectual grasp of even the most dull, worthless, ignorant, vapid junior-high dropout, and that is EXACTLY the audience they've targeted it for...because, as I began the paragraph, it's profitable.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 8:15am

    What tickles me in the wrong spot is the fact that there are a bunch of people who believe that there is only 1 way to live life: Focus every minute of your life on your image, dating, boozing and making money. It's okay to focus on these things but I say live your life the way you find enjoyable.
    As an introvert I don't enjoy parties, I don't enjoy the constant managing of my image and I don't enjoy facebook. Instead of partying I would much rather read a good book, play a game or watch a movie at home. I am not sad, depressed or crying in the corner but instead I enjoy it. I love people, I just don't want to be surrounded by them all the time.
    Even if I am this way, there are plenty of women who feel the same way and we can enjoy it together and most of my relationships have lasted years.
    My point is that condemning a certain way of life simply because it doesn't fit you, is plain and simply wrong. Dear cable tv news hosts and guests you are simple minded fools with that opinion.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 8:35am

    Re: Re: Re: It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    Wow you are really something. So smug. People have different opinions and my opinion is that chess is quite boring. And the fact that you don't think shooters can be challenging for the mind just goes to prove that you know nothing about them. The ability to predict and react needs to be trained heavily in order to be good and if you ever play in a clan then your tactical abilities really makes a huge difference. I would actually say that you train more skills than in chess.
    Another thing is the fact that you seem to think that every thing we do, needs to be about learning a lesson. Some times people need to relax and chill out, you don't need every little thing in life to be a "challenging intellectual exercise" or to "build endurance, coordination and strength".

     

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    Alt0, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 8:43am

    Really?

    I met my wife playing a video game.
    I know several other couples who also met while playing video games.
    I have PROOF (my three kids) that video games do NOT keep people from intimacy. And while this is not the majority, video games have in my case added to the population.

    OK people say...You could have met your wife "playing Pool, or Darts, or at the laundromat, but unless I was willing to haul my laundry from Philly to Boston then nope wouldn't have happened.

    online Massive Multi-player games have a LONG history (EQ is like 14 years old now) of bringing people together.
    With single player "console" games I can see a slight argument from their skewed perspective. But not with an online game. Most even force you to play with a group or party.
    but then again...

    "Thus ends your reminder as to why you should never watch cable news, hence cable news."

    you warned me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 9:13am

    @#34

    "Focus every minute of your life on your image, dating, boozing and making money."


    That basically seems to be what these CNBC news anchors are saying "Men" should do rather than live their life how they want to. Also I wonder if it ever occurred to them that men simply aren't interested because of how some women are.

    You'd get much better results by telling men where to go to find acceptable women.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 9:14am

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    omg - creepy old geezer warning

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 9:22am

    Call of Duty, not only keeps you single, but it also keeps you from friends and from being part of the master race.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 9:25am

    Re: Re: It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    Except Call of Duty does... I mean, compared to tactical shooters, realism shooters, which are far more thrilling and require actual skill.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 9:30am

    Re: Re: Re: ???

    Weekends must be fun at your house! :-)

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 9:47am

    Moderation...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 10:33am

    Re: Re: Re: It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    https://www.bigquestionsonline.com/content/how-might-video-games-be-good-us

    Actually no, video games can improve, desirable physical and psychological traits and apparently do so to the majority that play games.

    Video game playing tied to creativity

    NPR: Video Games Boost Brain Power, Multitasking Skills

    They are also used as a training ground for social interactions which improve real life interactions, if you fail online in the game, you don't get beaten, you don't get threatened, you just disconnect and create another persona and try again and again until you get it right, if your screen name becomes toxic to other players you learn that you did something wrong and try to rectify that mistake so you can find partners to play with, a useful skill for finding and maintaining jobs and one that start being learned early on in a safe environment that allows experimentation.

    It also have been suggested that for the elderly it can help them keep a healthy mind by stimulating cognition functions, games like COD are not easy to beat, you need a brain to devise strategies against other players, you have to notice things on the virtual environment that may help you achive those goals etc.

    Further playing games can be educational too, if you are playing historical battles, you learn about history and discoveries that those civilizations made, if you are playing a game that you have to recognize plants that may help you achieve something you are learning biology and so forth.

    There I crushed your points, can you show the research that was done proving your point?

    No?
    GTFO then, because you just got fragged dude.

     

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    Rikuo (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 10:34am

    Re: This is why guys don't have dates

    I wash my sheets every couple of weeks at the absolute longest, and I'm single.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 10:41am

    Re: Re: This is why guys don't have dates

    Are you a woman?

     

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    harbingerofdoom (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 10:50am

    completely untrue-
    my girlfriend is what keeps me from finding dates.

    COD just gives me something to do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 10:52am

    And this is why mainstream media's ratings are dropping.

    First off, instead of real news, we have lies, propaganda, and nonsense. If some random Tumblr user or Youtube vblogger can convincingly debunk your main point ten minutes after it aired, then you're in trouble. Furthermore, many of the topics that matter the most get little or no coverage, and yet they think we care about some celebrity giving birth to someone who will grow up to be a nobody anyway.

    Secondly, much of the younger, more libertarian (both left and right wing) audiences feel they have no voice (and when someone who represents them finally get to speak out, it ends up being edited, truncated, taken out of context, berated, or ruined by a rude interviewer). Watching extremists force their viewpoints on you feels too much like state-run propaganda (and as of recent events, it actually is).

    Third, people aren't going to continue contributing ratings and ad revenue just for the "privilege" of being called a loser, an idiot, a pervert, and/or a terrorist. Even as a teenager, the "dumb daddy" commercials alone made me want to give up on television altogether. All these people demonizing violent video games and making the people who play them look like the most stereotypical loser imaginable and/or the next school shooter isn't helping.

    Overall, it's legalized torture.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 10:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    Seriously though CoD is a horrible game. It is not hard, even on hard. Online play is really only so-so at best, the single campaign on CoD Black ops special forces 8 ultra whatever number they are up to these days, is what? 6 hours maybe? It's really just a bad game, and while I don't agree with all the over generalizations of the other AC, it is a fairly basic game marketed for the most possible people. But hey they have to play games too, so nothing really wrong with that.

    Play some stalker, then go back and play any CoD and you'll be like "lol wut" as you're picking people off left and right while never getting hit once.

    A lot of this probably is based on the community in general that typically plays CoD games, which seems to be younger folk and casuals. So. It is what it is.

     

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    aldestrawk (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 11:28am

    Re: Really?

    no, no, you can't not watch cable news! you must watch this!

    http://www.hlntv.com/video/2013/08/07/california-amber-alert-james-lee-dimaggio-ex-wife-spe aks-video-games

    Herein, Nancy Grace proclaims, with great disgust, that she would immediately divorce any man who played that viking game, Everquest.

    I swear I don't normally watch cable news. I was just researching the Hannah Anderson kidnap case. It turns out James Dimaggio was addicted to Everquest and his wife divorced him. I am just surprised no one, yet, has jumped on the "blame Everquest for real life violence bandwagon."

     

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    Jay (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 12:49pm

    Leaving this here

    So gamers have no sense of a social life?

    The lady is mistaken

    The fact that you learn and talk to people on online MMOs should say something about social interactivity. It's kind of funny... I hear so much about people hooking up through WoW and having more successful dates than some crazy online dating service. I wonder why...

     

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    Uriel-238 (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 1:22pm

    Playing COD (or any other game)

    Stops men from getting dates with women who deride video gamers.

    Fixed.

    Not a bad outcome, if you're looking for any more than a one-night stand.

     

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    Brian, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 1:31pm

    Women play CoD too

    What the hell. Women play CoD too. Why is the assumption that only guys are playing this game? I'd like to see the number of women in that stat.

     

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    Reggie, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Guys keep guys from finding dates

    ... I am an introverted, geeky, nervous wreck of a guy and I am one of those who cannot find dates because I am my own worst enemy. -- Zakida Paul


    How do I tell you this? ... There are women (girls) out there who will fight to the death to beat some other woman out to date, mate and take you for her own. I know! I own one.

     

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    apauld (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 3:02pm

    Whew.....

    I was beginning to think that my recent lack of getting laid due to being drunk as hell all the time. Good thing to know it's the fault of this 'Call Of Duty' game. Now I have a couple of questions:
    1. Can I sue them now, even though I've never played the game?
    2. Can anyone here loan me a copy that will work on my Nintendo 64 system?

     

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    James Russell, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 3:02pm

    This will only affect straight white males, women can blandda up if they want to date.

     

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    womyn, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 3:16pm

    pweeeese stop playing with your stoopid video entertainment and pay attention to me!
    Look at me!

     

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    Togashi (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 3:21pm

    Re: Am I the only one bothered by this?

    There's a difference between an ad hominem argument and an insult. This is insulting, but I read it more as "She's dumb because of what she says" than as "What she says is wrong because she's dumb".

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 4:30pm

    Re: Re:

    It only takes seconds for me!

    Yeah, I usually get killed off pretty quickly in Call of Duty too. Campers aren't really liked all that much and I haven't found any good camping spots yet.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 5:48pm

    sounds like CoD keeps girls from finding dates

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 7:26pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    Quick question, does playing Stalker also give me the ability to form a sweeping generalization of an opinion to which my own opinion apparently applies to everyone, or do I need to be an arrogant prick for that trait?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 9:59pm

    Other than some poor bitchen about a select group of cable channels what's the point of this article?

    Why no complaints about MSNBC or HLN/CNN?

    No complaints about Toure or Sharpton?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 24th, 2013 @ 7:53am

    Nice reference...

    "Oh, and before I forget, "everything in moderation, including moderation" is one of those phrases that could shut down your brain and cause it to reboot if you think about it too hard, so don't. Spend more than ten seconds trying to figure out how that sentence is not a complete negation of itself will put you at risk for severe head injury. "

    Good to see you are a Lewis Black fan too Tim.

     

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    guest, Aug 24th, 2013 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: It's not playing the games that makes one stupid

    This is some unenlightened commentary. Just because you don't have an appreciation of a form of entertainment doesn't mean it's puerile or worthless. I imagine that whatever you enjoy doing to relax could be perceived as equally worthless by someone else with a different point.

    Something some commentators are missing here is that entertainment is a luxury, and one that people choose to spend their money and time one. Also, businesses exist to make profit so that they can employ people -- who can then turn around and spend the money they make on whatever entertainment they choose.

    Just because you don't understand the depth and complexity of a game doesn't make it simple, either -- in some ways CoD has the complexity and patterns of a game like chess, and just like chess you have to master low-level play before you can begin to understand what this means.

     

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    Anonymous, Aug 25th, 2013 @ 6:26am

    Re: This is why guys don't have dates

    "Looking for a savior beneath these dirty sheets." -Tori Amos

     

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    Anonymous, Aug 25th, 2013 @ 6:28am

    Re: Sexist

    Have you tried Backpage?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 26th, 2013 @ 12:22pm

    Re:

    That game is really awesome.

    It beats call of duty anytime.
    There is nothing so... awesome as chopping the head, arms and legs of your enemies with brutal swords, halbers and axes, or "blow" their heads to bits with maces, hammers, arrows and even punches!

     

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