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Morons and the overweight are also mocked by robots.
What. Seriously?
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I'm not really sure what to say... the thing that really gets me is that at the end of the video the people contacted Sony and then they handed them over to Valve, and the people were shocked about this...
That guy is a little to serious. Like anything will come from this. Valve will release a statement in time for the kids, kids 10th birthday. People will continue playing and no one will remember this. Why isn't Adolph Hitler's quotes removed from history books because "They make people sad?" People are just to full of themselves. I hope every future valve game pokes fun at situations. Maybe Portal 3 can be Pro Abortion... Or maybe even against free will. O well, I actually found no issues with that and neither did my nephew, Who is adopted. People who don't seem to play games much have a harder time distinguishing real life from games than WoW addicts.
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post #103 of 204
just watched the clip

sensationalist BS

the first clip was taken out of context

and since when is portal or portal 2 a kids game or an educational game

I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WHO CAN BE OFFENDED SO EASILY.

Edit: I just sent this to the general manager of the tv station

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I would like a retraction of the Portal 2 story, you took the game completely out of context, as "okaybenji" on your website pointed out.

"This issue has been taken completely out of context. The evil computer taunts the player's character Chell not only for being adopted, but also for being overweight when she is clearly thin by any standard. When a second villain appears and attempts to engage in the same sort of taunting, calling Chell fat, the evil computer points out that the protagonist isn't even overweight, thereby taunting the new villain. In this way we see that the jabs given are completely irrelevant (it isn't even established that Chell was adopted), and therein lies the humor. If you watch the NYU presentation of Erik Wolpaw, the writer at Valve responsible for the adoption jokes, he says quite clearly that of course there's nothing wrong with being adopted -- that's the joke, and therefore one underlying message.

Now clearly the message that adoption is perfectly acceptable wasn't placed in the game for its own sake. It is there to be humorous. Still, it's there nonetheless.

Portal 2 is not only an exceptional game, it is an exceptional work of art. It is hilarious, engaging, surprising, beautiful, and moving. Please don't drag its name in the dirt on behalf of a parent who so abuses the English language with an abundance of misplaced instances of the word "literally."

Erik Wolpaw lecture:http://uk.kotaku.com/5800473/portal-2s-erik-wolpaw-lecture-now-online-for-your-viewing-pleasure"

Also, just because a game involves critical thinking does NOT mean that it is a learning game, and the father just apparently likes to be offended by everything, there was obviously no research done into the game if they are complaining about the dark humor, which the game is BUILT ON. As is its predecessor, Portal, full of jokes about everything. See, when you have a villain in a game, they usually like to taunt you, GLaDos, or more specifically, Wheatley in the clipped you showed, is the villain, the cip you took was out of context because the few seconds before you cut it out, GLaDos had just mentioned there's nothing wrong with being adopted. You should be ASHAMED of yourself for running such a SENSATIONALIST story.

Edited by DaMirrorLink - 5/18/11 at 4:45am
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People will find anything to whine about.
The people that complain about one thing aren't complaining about another. Totally different people, so don't try and group them all together as if it's the same group doing the complaining.
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So I guess we should sue every comedian and comedy show in hostory to make fun of adoption. Oh, and the ones making fun of obesity too, because in the game GLaDos calls Chell fat aswell.
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well Im not adopted, but my dad is. I asked him about it and he wasn't offended.

I dont see what the problem is. Its just a joke.

Im short, overweight, mexican, balding, almost blind, have a funny last name... yet no one has EVER made fun of me!

you cant shield your kids from everything, and something like this is probably too grown up of a joke for her to understand anyway.
Wow, all that AND you live in Tennessee? You are more fortunate than most.

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What. Seriously?
Yeah, in the game Glados pokes fun at Chell being fat and stupid (which she is neither).
    
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I'm also offended because ground up moon rocks have made me deathly ill.
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if playing a video game forces you to have a discussion with your adoptive children about their adoption you're doing it wrong.
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Wow people really can't deal with a joke these days can they? Nothing like local media, which already lacks any investigative abilities or journalistic integrity, to blow this completely out of proportion.
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See I don't even get this. These weren't put in there for cheap jokes at adopted kids. It's fleshing out the antagonist, giving him depth of character. It's good storytelling. What kind of story has there ever been where an antagonist hasn't done something despicable? The bad guy actually has to be bad, otherwise you don't care about the story.
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