It's about time an important video game subject hit mainstream television.

NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" will tackle gaming harassment in an upcoming episode entitled, "Intimidation Game," which will air on February 11.

As revealed on NBC's media website , the episode features a female game developer named Raina Punjabi (played by Mouzam Makkar) and after releasing her first game, she receives death threats from a "male-dominated gaming community." Then, a female employee working for Punjabi is assaulted at a gamer convention, so things get scary.

The episode stars series veteran Mariska Hargitay as Sgt. Olivia Benson, as well as guest stars Peter Mark Kendall, Susannah Flood and Griffin Matthews. I get the feeling the show will try to portray all male gamers as repressed, potentially dangerous losers who can't behave around females, but whatever.

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newchef
newchef
5 years ago

of course…i mean i understand that stuff like this happens, which is of course terrible but like Ben said, they're going to make it seem like everyone of us are socially-repressed, sexist and that we ostracize anyone not like us

Bonampak
Bonampak
5 years ago

Listen, there is a very vocal MINORITY among gamers who cannot deal with people saying anything negative about the videogame hobby/lifestyle.

They seem to ignore the fact that videogames are a legitimate form of entertainment. And as such, it should be open to ANY type of criticism. Just like movies. Just like with books, music. Etc.

And it doesn't help us at all, when this vocal minority does incredibly stupid things like harass the critics or even go as far as issue death threats.

I see videogames not only as a form of entertainment, but also as an art form. And that is why I have zero problems with people trying to analyze games and then come to whatever conclusion they want to get at. Because at the end of the day, their opinions are just that, opinions. Not a fact.

I mean people who aren't familiar with Picasso, may look at his paintings and scoff or mock him for creating crude paintings that look like something an 8 year old might paint. They obviously missed the point of his paintings. And they were never actively harassed by the artist community. Because they know better. They understand the genius of Picasso and they also understand that casuals will not "get him" at first glance.

As gamers, we should be as level-headed as any member of any other art form. Dealing with criticism in the same way.

If the vocal minority had reacted exactly like that (as adults, not man-children), then guess what? None of this would've happened. The critics wouldn't get to say that they were being attacked by them. And the media wouldn't have a story to tell.

You don't put out a fire by throwing more gas into it. This won't fizzle out as long as we cannot deal with it as adults.

Jawknee
Jawknee
5 years ago

They didn this crap on Bones before. They always depict gamers as social retards in these silly shows.


Last edited by Jawknee on 1/30/2015 10:22:40 PM

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
5 years ago

The truth of the matter is that an intelligent and open minded female will accept you with "normal" video game habits. If a female doesn't then you move on to the next one.

After all, according to the Census, there more females in this country (US) than there are males.

Bio
Bio
5 years ago

Actually, I don't think they'll portray male gamers as socially repressed and immature, because that's too accurate for crime procedurals aimed at octogenarians who fall asleep in their recliners watching TV every night, because there are people like that, and it's not dramatic enough for the target audience, which needs every criminal to be ridiculously cartoonish.

They'll portray the male perpetrators as multidimensional orc wizards with a kitten murdering fetish who can only be destroyed by superheated Sunny D, or something.

And that will still be a more accurate depiction of games and the people who play them than the time Lieutenant Dan tracked a guy in Second Life by chasing him through a 'level' using a freaking calculator, or the time vanilla Law and Order had a plotline that revolved around kids hacking their OG Xbox to hide secret messages in the game code that could only be obtained by getting to a certain level.

Bonampak
Bonampak
5 years ago

"crime procedurals aimed at octogenarians"

Maybe that was the original idea. To aim the show at people on their death beds.

But looking at the nielsen ratings and checking out the demographics from the past decade or so, Law and Order SVU actually has a pretty huge young viewership.

In fact, a 2014 poll done among millennials, shows that they rank that show higher than Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Modern Family.

Point is, a LOT of young people are watching the show.

Bio
Bio
5 years ago

The show hasn't broken the top 20 in 13 years and hasn't broken the top 30 in almost 10. Last year it barely broke the top 50 and that was after making a slight comeback from #67.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_%26_Order:_Special_Victims_Unit#U.S._television_ratings

I'd love to see this poll that has young people rating it higher than Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. Do you have a link?

Bonampak
Bonampak
5 years ago

@Bio – I can't see your reply. Is it a link?

Anyway, my point is that among the viewership, the show has a sizable young demographic.

Not saying that it makes most of the entire base, but only that it is large enough for the producers of the show to keep trying to cater to them specifically every now and then. With shows about stuff that they think might interest young people.

Bio
Bio
5 years ago

I think if they were actually trying to do that, at least one of these shows would have come within a light year of something accurately portraying videogames, but they never do.

Honestly, most are so bad that it has to be intentional, with the writers knowing their target audience will never know the difference, and the few young people who watch the show will either get the joke or rage. There's really no other explanation for how far off the mark they continually are.

Bonampak
Bonampak
5 years ago

@Bio – Actually the show has stayed on the air for 16 seasons because it scores rather decently with the 18-49 demographic. In fact, its considered a ratings success in the overall scheme of things (meaning that it doesn't have to be at the top to be profitable).

About the poll, I don't want to post a link because then you'll have to wait until the mod clears it. But you can search for it on google quite easily if you search: "law and order svu millennials poll".

But anyway, the ratings speak for the fact that the show has a sizable user base that is waaaay under 80 years old. And that is why NBC keeps renewing it every year.

I agree that these shows are out of touch when it comes to representing games or gamers faithfully. They need young blood on the staff. Particularly writers.


Last edited by Bonampak on 1/30/2015 7:08:17 PM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
5 years ago

Criminal Minds had an episode about gamers. The "gamers" recreated scenes from games or in their minds the scenes, and used real people (by kidnapping them) to eliminate each other. It wasn't so bad an episode aside from the fact they portrayed all gamers capable of doing that.

Underdog15
Underdog15
5 years ago

To be fair, Ben, all gamers that write hate mail and death threats to developers -are- repressed, potentially dangerous losers who can't behave around females.

Axe99
Axe99
5 years ago

I'd say this is probably a good sign that gaming is more mainstream :). As for worrying about how anyone (gamers, fishermen, people that like wearing purple) are portrayed in a commercial, fictional TV serial, if I got worked up every time the media got something wrong I'd have stressed myself to an early grave. At the very least, when they mess it up, gamers won't be alone, and we can hardly say that they're victimising us :).

Simcoe
Simcoe
5 years ago

I wonder if the evil gamers in this episode will be console or PC gamers….or perhaps they'll be mobile gamers!

Corvo
Corvo
5 years ago

If they show GTAV as the cause of the crime…

I'll give up on the American society.

Bigimpactpooch
Bigimpactpooch
5 years ago

Anita is getting a episode of SVU based on her?

Rachet_JC_FTW
Rachet_JC_FTW
5 years ago

i hate these tv shows doing stuff like this cos we really aren't all like that for the most part but theres the exception to the rule but always the bad fortral of gamers

happy gaming