March 15, 2011

While buying GTA:4...

Today's customer was submitted by UK readers Lee and Emma who
over heard this lady in their local video game shop. A really funny point
they made was that it was unclear if she was talking about her son or her husband.

Tune in here all week to see the winners of the OVCYear one contest!

21 comments:

  1. Sadly, this might be the most unsurprising OVC yet.

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  2. Cue the Lee Greenwood: And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.

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  3. I'm surprised this is form the UK, such mentality is much more common here in the States where blood violence are fine for teens but a bare female breast gets you an instant Adult 18+ rating.

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  4. Because acting out murder if FAR worse than sex.

    There you go Timmy, have fun carving people up with a chainsaw! That's sure looks... IS THAT A BOOB!? OH GOD TIMMY, COVER YOUR EYES, BOOBS ARE THE WORST THING OF ALL!

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  5. I'm a prude and proud of it. Besides, fake killing is a far cry from real killing (unless the person is using fake killing as a means to enact violent fantasies, but that's a different rant). Fake sex is still real pornography. I read a statistic once (it wasn't cited, so take it with a grain of salt or three) that claimed that pornography was listed as one of the reasons for divorce in over 50% of divorce cases. Whether or not it's true, I'm not sure, but I would believe it since I've seen it happen to several close friends of mine. It ripped their families apart. You may be flippant about boobs, but infidelity (even virtual infidelity) really does ruin lives.

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  6. Pornography is still fake sex, Sqweky. If you're seriously going to compare porn to sex as if they're on the same level, there's no conversation to be had.

    Even if that statistic is true, there's a reason someone in the marriage is turning to porn. Porn could be a manifestation of the problem, but it isn't the actual problem there.

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  7. True. If they didn't have access to pornography they'd still be happily married? Seems unlikely. Pornography being brought up in a divorce sounds more like a symptom of sexual incompatibility (which is a leading cause of divorce) than simply "access to porn ruined my marriage".

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  8. I thought this would be more an attitude in the United States. Funny thing is that in the UK prostitution is legal. Killing is still frowned upon tho.

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  9. You sure it wasn't an American on holiday?

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  10. The difference between killing and sex though, is that sex is something which should be private (that's not to say it shouldn't be talked about, only that the act itself shouldn't be out in public for all the world to see). Killing is wrong regardless of whether is public or private.

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  11. I was reminded of a song by the long-forgotten band Ten Hands. From their song "I Was Confused"

    how come people on television's weird in the head
    well they won't show sex but they show a lot of killing
    guess it must be better to show blood spilling
    than to let little junior see two naked people in bed

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  12. I actually heard something like this at a video store too! A man was renting a horror movie for (presumably) his daughter and her friends (I'd guess about age 12-13) and had to ask if there was sex in it... But the blood and gore was okay...?

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  13. Of course sex is an age-appropriate thing.

    But what age is "appropriate" for murder?

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  14. I wonder how she feels about druf references.

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  15. *"drug" references. Sorry.


    Frickin' drugs...

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  16. And that's how Amelie got an R rating in the 'States.

    Just sayin'.

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  17. Sex/porn also delve into the realm of the psyche in different ways than violence/killing. Individuals are often sensitive about their appearance and physical/mental ability to stimulate or arouse their relationship partner. If this partner is excited by a particular attribute of individuals in the porn or sex scene of a movie or game, and the individual they're in a relationship with doesn't feel similarly desired, it can lead to feelings of inadequacy or depression.

    That's the more likely culprit for why porn can damage relationships. Still, I don't really think this is the fault of the porn. I'd say it's a communication issue. If the couple are communicating then a combination of assurance and compromise should be possible. The inadequate-feeling partner could be reassured that they are loved, and the particulars of what the porn-watching partner finds appealing could be discussed and possibly explored in the real world.

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  18. Working at a videogame shop, I can tell you this happens a LOT more than you'd think.

    The "Gore and violence" warnings are ignored, yet as soon as it says "Strong Language" (f-bomb!) or "Nudity"/"Sexual themes" or whatever, they'll flip a tit (pun intended).

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  19. Shoot, shoot, bang, bang, kill, kill is fine. But show seven sets of genitals, everybody go crazy!

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  20. Americans in a nutsh-
    This is from the UK!?

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