If you’re a gamer, you’ve probably kept in tune with the Fox vs. Mass Effect saga. The network and author Cooper Lawrence fired away at the game with all inaccurate guns blazing, grossly decrying the game as sci-fi porn with full-frontal nudity and all but dismissing game journo Geoff Keighley’s efforts to discuss it (Lawrence infamously laughed off Keighley’s question as to whether or not she actually saw/played the game — probably not a good move for someone called an ‘expert’).
As you can imagine, this ticked off the gaming community. Many responded in typical fashion, bombing her with every possible insult you can throw at someone. Others, however, took the clever approach, blasting her self-help book on Amazon with 1-star ratings and derisive reviews — with many reviewers openly saying that they haven’t read the book.
The New York Times reports that Lawrence has recanted, saying that she “misspoke.” Here’s an excerpt:
In an interview on Friday, Ms. Lawrence said that since the controversy over her remarks erupted she had watched someone play the game for about two and a half hours. I recognize that I misspoke, she said. I really regret saying that, and now that Ive seen the game and seen the sex scenes its kind of a joke.
Before the show I had asked somebody about what they had heard, and they had said its like pornography, she added. But its not like pornography. Ive seen episodes of Lost that are more sexually explicit.
Another subplot in this whole mess was the mini-duel between Fox and Electronic Arts, which defended the game shortly after the Fox/Lawrence piece. EA wanted a correction, but Fox hasn’t done it yet.