You're Welcome - Violent Video Games

  • Aired:  11/04/10
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We can make violent video games less alluring to kids by using motion capture technology to replace heroes with the sophisticated musings of Ira Glass. (4:43)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

THIS TUESDAY -- THIS TUESDAY

WHICH WAS ELECTION DAY WHILE

DEMOCRATS WERE GETTING THEIR

ASSES HANDED TO THEM BY

REPUBLICANS OUR THIRD BRANCH OF

GOVERNMENT WAS DEALING WITH A

DIFFERENT TYPE OF BLOODBATH.

>> DO CHILDREN NEED PROTECTION

FROM VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES OR IS

VIRTUAL VIOLENCE A FORM OF FREE

SPEECH.

THE SPORT IS LOOKING AT BANNING

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES FOR KIDS

YOUNGER THAN 18.

>> Jon: I LOVE THAT GAME HOW

TO WE KEEP VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES

OUT OF THE HANDS OF CHILDREN.

WE TURN TO JOHN HODGMAN AND HIS

SEGMENT YOU'RE WELCOME.

♪ ♪

>> Jon: THANK YOU VERY MUCH

JOHN, FOR JOIN US TONIGHT.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.

>> Jon: THANK YOU.

SHOULD THE SUPREME COURT BAN

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES FOR

CHILDREN?

>> THAT'S ABSURD, JON.

THEY ARE A FORM OF EXPRESSION.

THEY ARE THE NOVELS OF THE NEXT

GENERATION TO.

BAN THEM WOULD BE LIKE MANNING

MOBY DICK BECAUSE CAPTAIN AHAB

TEARS THE WHALES HEAD OFF, SET

SETS HIS HEAD ON FIRE.

WHICH HAPPENS ACCORDING TO THE

GAME I PLAYED.

>> Jon: IT'S A FIRST AMENDMENT

ISSUE?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

THE JUSTICES DON'T UNDERSTAND

THIS BECAUSE LET'S FACE IT THEY

PROBABLY NEVER PLAYED A

INDIVIDUAL YES GAME THEY WOULD

EVER LIKE WHICH BRINGS ME MY

FIRST SOLUTION.

>> Jon: SHOWS NOT ALL GAMES

ARE VIOLENT.

>> SHOW THEM ONE AWESOME GAME TO

INN WHICH SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

GET TO BE VIOLENT.

GIVE THEM A TASTE OF WHAT IT'S

LIKE.

WITH JUSTICE SCALIA IT'S EASY.

WE HAVE A VIDEO GAME IN WHICH AN

ITALIAN AMERICAN DISPENSES HARSH

JUSTICES WITH A HEAVY GAVEL.

>> Jon: THAT'S DONKEY KONG.

>> IT'S STRICT CONSTRUCTIONIST

MAN VERSUS THE EVIL APE KONG.

>> Jon: VERSUS THE REST OF THE

COURT?

>> YOU KNOW I HAVE A VIDEO GYM,

RIGHT, JON?

>> WE'VE GOT BETA ON A GAME THE

SUPREME COURT IS GOING TO LOVE

HABEAS CORPSUS BLOOD VERSUS THE

BOARD OF ZOMBIES.

IT'S THE FIRST NINE PERSON

SHOOTER.

>> JUSTICE IS BLIND AND NOW YOU

ARE, TOO.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: I DON'T THINK

FLATTERING THE JUSTICES WITH A

NINE PERSON SHOOTER IS GOING TO

WIN THEM OVER.

>> WELL, OKAY IF THE FIRST

AMENDMENT WON'T WORK JOHN LET'S

MOVE ON TO SECOND AMENDMENT

REMEDIES.

GUNS, JON.

I'M TALKING ABOUT THE FOR THE

FIRST TIME EVER COMBINING VIDEO

GAMES WITH GUNS.

>> Jon: THEY'VE GUNS.

>> I'M TALKING ABOUT REAL GUNS,

JON.

WAL-MART WOULD NEVER DREAM OF

BANNING ACTUAL FIREARMS FROM

THEIR STORE.

THEY SELL VIDEO GAMES THERE.

>> ASSUMING THEY SELL SCOTCH

TAPE, WELCOME TO THE NEW FAMILY

GAME NIGHT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WHY WOULD YOU NEED AN

ASSAULT RIFLE FOR FAMILY GAME

NIGHT?

>> WHAT, JON, YOU ARE SAYING I

CAN'T EVEN DEFEND MY FAMILY

ANYMORE ON GAME NIGHT WHEN WE'RE

MOST VULNERABLE?

>> Jon: JOHN, IT SEEMS LIKE

YOUR SOLUTIONS STILL JUST MAKE

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES AVAILABLE TO

CHILDREN.

>> AVAILABLE, JON.

THE KEY IS TO MAKE THEM LESS

ASSURING TO CHILDREN -- ALLURING

TO CHILDREN.

WHICH YOUNGSTER WOULDN'T WANT TO

BE THE THUG IN GRAND THEFT AUTO?

IT'S EVERY KID'S DREAM.

WHAT IF WE COULD USE TECHNOLOGY

TO TAKE OUT THE SO CALLED HEROS

OF THE MOST VIOLENT GAMES AND

REPLACE THEM WITH THE

SOPHISTICATED MUSINGS OF PUBLIC

RADIO'S IRA GLASS.

>> Jon: EVEN JOHN, IF THAT

WERE A GOOD IDEA, I'M NOT SURE

IT'S POSSIBLE.

>> JORNG AT MY COMPANY WE DON'T

UNDERSTAND THE MEANINGS OF THE

WORDS EVEN IF IT WERE A GOOD

IDEA I'M NOT SURE IT'S POSSIBLE.

TAKE A LOOK.

>> THIS SAY CARJACK MOTHER

(bleep) I'M GOING TO SHOOT

YOUR PENIS OFF.

>> I DON'T KNOW.

>> THAT WORKS.

IT'S ADULTS IT'S MATURE,

SOPHISTICATED.

DO ANOTHER ONE.

>> LET'S ROLL!

>> Jon: THAT'S ACTUALLY --

THAT WAS IRA GLASS.

>> YES, OF COURSE.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU AND I LOVE IRA GLASS BUT TO

CHILDREN IT'S CATNIP IF KIDS

WERE CATS AND NIP

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