The most annoying part about this is that Burnett's ignorant, presumptuous diatribe will be seen by millions, while Jaffe's defense will probably only be seen by gamers and a few mainstream journalists who summarily dismiss the video game industry as childish and potentially damaging.
Legendary designer/developer David Jaffe felt the need to defend our industry against the legions of politicians and journalists lining up to bash it in the wake of another terrible shooting tragedy. He really rips into CNN anchor Erin Burnett and if you had seen her piece, you would know his words are plenty justified.
My favorite part is the opening paragraph:
"Dear @ErinBurnett : you, ma'am, are at best an idiot that @cnn should be ashamed to have as an anchor. At worst, you are the worst kind of American: one who has allowed the healthy desire for success to morph into a capitalistic cancer that makes it ok to ignore the facts in order to make your product more appealing, regardless of the consequences. To make matters worse, your own views about video games- which you seem to have no problem sharing with your hundreds of thousands of viewers- clearly have not been formed by any actual research or real life experience with the medium."
Jaffe goes on to accuse Burnett of doing no research on the matter and hence, forming baseless conclusions. He also attacked her choice of words; she said the man who killed all those children in Norway "trained" on violent games before committing the act. Jaffe's response:
"The fact that you think a guy who 'trains'* on a shooting video game would be granted the skill to horrifically, tragically kill those CHILDREN in Norway only serves to show how little research you do before you open your mouth in front of your world wide audience under the guise of delivering news. I'm not sure what makes your argument look more ignorant: the fact that you don't back up your idiotic statement by showing a correlation to the current health of America's agriculture sector with the popularity of Farmville OR the fact that the sick, deranged evil loser who killed those poor kids in Norway had picked such a poor 'training' tool that after 700 hours of play, he was only capable of hitting little kids with his bullets versus the well armed pretend terrorists and highly skilled virtual soldiers that he was battling in the game."
We're posting this up simply to expand the reach of Jaffe's comeback, if only by a little. It's incredibly frustrating that the only people who are heard in this debate are also the most ill-informed individuals on the subject. That's completely backwards and downright absurd.