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    This season's Penn & Teller BS reports on video game violence.

    http://www.joystiq.com/2009/02/12/pe...game-violence/

    http://www.sho.com/site/ptbs/home.do
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    Re: Penn and Teller on video game violence

    Got to remember this now that I get Showtime.

    Here are the air dates, the first one being next Thursday, the 9th, at 10:00.

    EDIT: After the 10th it'll be On-Demand til October!
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      Re: Penn and Teller on video game violence

      I especially loved their episode about PETA, good stuff. Can't wait for this to air.

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        I haven't seen this week's episode yet but last week was on orgasms.
        Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

        snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

        Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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          I haven't seen that show in a couple of years (not having Showtime is likely the culprit, lol). But now I do, so I'm looking forward to it!
          "I've been working since I was sixteen. I fought in two wars. Hell, I've killed people. I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy it..."
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          • #6
            Re: Penn and Teller on video game violence

            I just watched the Tivo'd episode on astrology, and, like P&T, I too am in love with that girl in the classroom.

            Looks like you can watch it here:

            [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM120Vo1th8[/media]
            [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWP3wuQ6rhU[/media]
            Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

            snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

            Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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              Re: Penn and Teller on video game violence

              youtube seems to be clamping down.
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                Here's a google that turns up a bunch of video sites:

                http://www.google.com/search?q=penn+...on+7+episode+2
                Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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                • #9
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                  So apparently it was a 'free weekend' for Showtime with AT&T U-verse so yeah, if you get the chance it was an excellent show!

                  ~ Draken

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                  • #10
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                    I watched the episode a couple nights ago. They even put a real AR-15 in the hands of a 9-year-old console player to see if he'd go nuts and kill the production crew. (We of course know better.)

                    And I think there were also breasts in the episode. (Most episodes have some.) In case you needed more incentive to watch.
                    Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                    snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                    Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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                    • #11
                      Re: Penn and Teller on video game violence

                      Penn wants to do an episode on airport security, but so far it's been impractical:

                      http://www.canmag.com/nw/6302-jillet...l****-season-5

                      A topic with tons of Bull**** potential would be airport security, but there's just no way to film that for television. "It turns out, to shoot anything on airport security, you are violating federal law. You're not allowed to shoot anything there. Because we're doing a show that's on TV, visuals are very important. I've written about airport security, but to do a TV show about it, you can't get a crew in there without it being a federal offense which is not something we'd consider. And also TSA people will not under any circumstances talk to you positively or negatively, so it's really impossible to get a bad guy which we kind of need for the drama of Bull**** for that to happen. So I don't think we'll be doing airport security although I will tell you, it has been on the list every single year we've done Bull****. We look down at it and say, 'How can we really make this into a television show as opposed to an idea?' It always seems to fall apart but if someone on our crew can find a way to give us some visuals that are actually interesting and new to go with that, I'd love to do it."
                      Here's where Penn gets "assaulted" by airport security and decides to press charges:

                      http://www.boingboing.net/2003/01/04...te-airpor.html

                      Alas, links to article archives on P&T's own site send one to a referer loop.

                      Meanwhile, here's their forums:

                      http://www.network54.com/Forum/106337/
                      Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                      snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                      Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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                        The show on VG violence was great. They really pulled out some good information, plus they had a big spot for everyone's favorite disbarred anti-videogame idiot: Jack Thompson!

                        The major point of the episode that I particularly agree with comes from the experts that P&T brought on (from harvard, I believe) to analyze the reports on video game violence that have been published. The consensus was that the vast majority of the media on video game violence is agenda driven, meaning they start with a premise and then find evidence to support it. Thats not science, thats stuffing the ballot box. I mean really, look at the fact that TG has close to 30,000 registered members and yet, I dont recall there being a single mass murderer in the bunch! Thats an awfully big cross section for a study if you think about it. I'd be willing to bet that theres a very very very small number of people here who even have a serious criminal record.

                        Plus, if you watch the very end, P&T apologize to the kid who shot the gun at the firing range. If you havent seen it, watch and you'll see why.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Penn and Teller on video game violence

                          Originally posted by Ferris Bueller View Post
                          I mean really, look at the fact that TG has close to 30,000 registered members and yet, I dont recall there being a single mass murderer in the bunch!
                          Knock on wood... hehe.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Penn and Teller on video game violence

                              The UK is whining (or whinging, the preferred British spelling) that games don't follow the Geneva Convention:

                              http://www.joystiq.com/2009/11/24/st...ar-crime-laws/

                              http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8373794.stm

                              There's already active discussion of the study in the ArmA forum:

                              http://www.tacticalgamer.com/arma-2-...ml#post1399488

                              I've started a new tag for "video game violence", so click the tag below to see related threads, and tag threads appropriately when you see them.
                              Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                              snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                              Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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