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Kobe Bryant appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops commercial

I cringe when our sports culture invokes war references. Even if there's somewhat of a common thread in that both sports and the military build a sense of team camaraderie and intense preparation, it's absolutely ludicrous to pair the two together because the consequences and seriousness of war bode incredibly higher than that of a sports game.

So when I saw Kobe Bryant's commercial below in Call of Duty: Black Ops, I didn't exactly find it enjoyable. On face value, I'll admit it's cool to see Bryant handle an assault rifle and fire away. The commercial is obviously a spoof considering it also features Jimmy Kimmel and a hotel concierge answering his phone in the middle of a gun fight. But this didn't exactly cause me to roll around on the floor laughing like in that scene in Anchorman. The commercial's actually a little disturbing since it also features everyday citizens handling guns as if they're toys.

I respect Bryant's skill set, work ethic and love for the game as much as anyone else does. I also have to give Bryant props for the fact that he recently presented a $1 million check to the Call of Duty Endowment. But I just found the ad distasteful.

Don't get me wrong. I grew up playing first-person shooters, such as Golden Eye, Doom and Duke Nukem and love action movies as much as the next guy. I also find the commentary  that violent movies and video games have harmed our society to be overblown. But I think the commercial featuring a happy-go lucky vibe with ordinary citizens pretending to be in combat downplays the seriousness that real combat entails.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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Its not a "mamba" gun. Its an assault rifle with a grenade launcher attachment. The game features weapon attachments and the "mamba" painted on it refers to a feature in the game where players can customize their weapons by placing "call signs" on them.

Can't see the video.

Disturbing....yet oddly hilarious hahaha

I'm thinkin' that Darth Stern is going to outlaw Kobe from using that in one of the NBA games... the spoilsport. No doubt he'd let Lebron have one though.

I can't see ISH!

it's ok, we're just preparing our youth for combat in the military... These games are so desensitizing that, at a very young age, kids are taught to look their targets directly in the eyes and then... put a bunch of bullets in them... and not feel a thing! Awesome... creating our own little sociopaths to go topple dictators for us when they grow up...

I love/loved? video games as much as the next kid years ago but as I have gotten older, the graphics have gotten more and more realistic and the amount of games with desensitizing parts such as shooting or sticking a virtual knife in someone WHILE THEY ARE LOOKING BACK AT YOU have exploded. Nobody wants to be the bad guy taking away the punch bowl but at some point... the question has to be asked, are we using these video games to train about 20 some odd percent of the population that is susceptible to these desensitization techniques for future battle?

speaking of Lebronze, here's Cleveland's response to his Nike Commercial

http://tinyurl.com/25jv3k5

People complain about everything. I thought this commercial was fantastic. "Oh no, it looks like kids are handling guns!" We're breeding a generation of fisher-priced, politically correct jackasses. It's a VIDEO GAME.

The video is working on my end. Let me know if it's still acting up

Cap's Goggles - Wow! - Cleveland's gotta get over themselves eventually... but that was frickin' funny!

Rofl, Kobe's a noob tuber...

Still can't see the commercial, but that response to LeBron was super funny.

Lew - good one grasshopper. Very soon now.... I'm stocking up on rice paper as we speak.


63 - yeah - love the Twins too. Good one!


Mamba24 - it is NEVER a bad time for a Prince entry - nice!


MM - can't see the vid...

I could not agree with you more Jag. When I was growing up, it was WWF making a big stink. "Kids will try to wrestle each other and hurt themselves." Now it's "video games are too realistic." Teach your kids the difference between fantasy and reality. Teach them right v. wrong. Gawd, its not that complicated. I am going to be wrecking people on black ops, and if you don't like it for your kids, don't let them buy it. Its not societies job to raise your kids. And as far as the comment "But I think the commercial, and Bryant's participation in it, shows poor taste." Really? I guess sports starts can't support a video game, they should stick to slinging shoes and gatoraid. o_O The only thing that left a bad taste in my mouth was today's blog entry.

Saw the commercial on you tube. I believe the kids and Kobe are shooting nutless monkeys, so it's not that bad. I wonder what the commercial would look like if nutless monkeys were holding the weapons.....not a good visual.

Seems like a rare occasion when I get a chance for a blog drive-by during daylight hours. Hope all my old pals here are doing well and enjoying the Lakers' romp-fest. Re: the commercial, I'm as liberal as they come but it doesn't seem like that big a deal, it feels more spoof than hardcore.

@Cap's - that was hilarious bruh...Cleveland has a valid grievance...The owner Gilbert...well it's your fault you let LeBrick delegate everything...the tail wagging the dog...what did you expect to happen...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming up...

Mamba24 - it is NEVER a bad time for a Prince entry - nice!
Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 05, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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Thank you ma'am!
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Seems like a rare occasion when I get a chance for a blog drive-by during daylight hours. Hope all my old pals here are doing well and enjoying the Lakers' romp-fest. Re: the commercial, I'm as liberal as they come but it doesn't seem like that big a deal, it feels more spoof than hardcore. Posted by: dave m | November 05, 2010 at 11:17 AM
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Dave, how the heck you been and where the heck you been? LOL! Good seeing you post my brother! I'll go with spoof. That'll work!

There are no kids in this commercial.

justa - why can't you see it?

Mark Medina - "justa - why can't you see it?"

Justa! Take the shades off inside! You're darn cool with or without them.

It's just a stupid video game you hippie. Relax and enjoy the entertainment.

Such is the state of our society...

Kobe get more residuals...

Black Opps get more sales...

Our next generation of kids...scary when I think about it...

Mark Medina - "justa - why can't you see it?"Justa! Take the shades off inside! You're darn cool with or without them.
Posted by: 63 Footer | November 05, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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LMAO! Stop this I say!!! 5-0 and they're bouncing off the walls!!!

MM, the video does not appear on the post itself. For me anyway.

Our next generation of kids...scary when I think about it...
Posted by: LEWSTRS | November 05, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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Have you seen THIS generation of kids!!!

It's just a stupid video game you hippie. Relax and enjoy the entertainment. Posted by: Steve | November 05, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!! Now, now, now!

mamba24 - "5-0 and they're bouncing off the walls!!!"

I blame it on the meds. Or lack of meds. It's one of those.

Lakers better be as high-strung and ready for war tonight as we are, or I'm going to be let down. In the vein of this particular post by MM:

"Kill! Kill! Kill!"

@Cap's Goggles
thanks for sharing, that was HILARIOUS!!!

@Laker J
LOL! Guess you are riding the nutness monkeys all the way home today!

I just recieved my SI for the week and in it theres a feature about Joakim Noah. Heres what he has to say about Ron Ron and Phil during Game 7 of the Finals:

[ "In the off-season Noah read the book Sacred Hoops, by fellow free-spirit Phil Jackson. Then he watched a replay of Game 7 of the NBA Finals and kept his eyes fixed on Ron Artest. "You have to look at his face in that game, his demeanor," Noah says. "There were a couple of times early on when he went to the basket and clearly got fouled and it wasn't called. He didn't even look at the ref. This is Ron Artest, and he didn't look at the ref. He was so caught up in the game and so focused on winning. I believe Phil Jackson took that man to the next level that night. And then after the game, Ron Artest became Ron Artest again."

The fire is dying and Noah is asked how the lesson of Artest relates to him. "Where he was," Noah says, "is where I want to be." ]

a well written article, i must say i like the guy...

Lakers better be as high-strung and ready for war tonight as we are, or I'm going to be let down. In the vein of this particular post by MM: "Kill! Kill! Kill!"Posted by: 63 Footer | November 05, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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WAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAH!!!!! Stop it! Please!! LMAO!!!!!

While I'm surprised to hear about Kobe in a Call of Duty commercial, it doesn't bother me. I'm not a big believer that video games, music, and such brainwashes people. It may influence some poor souls, but most people with even a little bit of guidance can distinguish between what's right and wrong.

I really cant understand why people like games like Call of Duty and Halo anyways. Gears of War is the best of all of those.

Go Lakers!

Just saw the Black Ops commercial and the fry cook at the end had me in stitches!!!

Have you seen THIS generation of kids!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | November 05, 2010 at 11:31 AM


So true M24, so true! Funny though, but true.

Cap's Goggles - that is a GREAT bit by Noah. Thanks. Very cool and insightful. Nice to know not the entire NBA are a bunch of whining, narcissistic babies (Lakers excluded, of course, that's for us bloggers).

Yeah, cool, let's teach our kids that it's cool to kill and blow stuff up, oh well.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHtZJC_4YmE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y_5vxM8PYM&feature=fvw

I believe Phil Jackson took that man to the next level that night. And then after the game, Ron Artest became Ron Artest again." The fire is dying and Noah is asked how the lesson of Artest relates to him. "Where he was," Noah says, "is where I want to be." ]a well written article, i must say i like the guy...Posted by: Cap's Goggles (83-79) | November 05, 2010 at 11:35 AM
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That is GREAT stuff Cap, Thanks!!!!

Does everyone realize this game is rated M??!! Which means if any parent we're to buy their child this game is complete IGNORANCE....I would NEVER let my kids play this game until their old enough to do so....I thought the commercial was GREAT!! Can't wait to play the game!

Does everyone realize this game is rated M??!! Which means if any parent we're to buy their child this game is complete IGNORANCE....I would NEVER let my kids play this game until their old enough to do so....I thought the commercial was GREAT!! Can't wait to play the game!

Rocky likes to spray and pray!

But Gears has a fun campaign, I got to admit that.

Can anyone else taste the 6-0 yet? Its delicious.

"We're breeding a generation of fisher-priced, politically correct jackasses"

Please elaborate.

Rocky likes to spray and pray!

But Gears has a fun campaign, I got to admit that.

Can anyone else taste the 6-0 yet? Its delicious.

Cleveland's response to Lebronze's commercial was right on the money. 'Nuff said.

Brylle

@63
LOL!!!!!

Well yes, yes it does(in his younger days, if he had short hair). The build of the two is spot on though!

Cap's Goggles,
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That video was great. I'm sharing it with family back in Ohio.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Art - FL Laker Fan - it's all cyclic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuL2kvEaWrw

To the Blog - Just doing my part ;)

I still remember in your first summer here when you were hyping up the Machine yet bailed ship when he made his "I'm not a garbage player" remark.
Disclaimer: I still stand by my guarantee that Sasha will never return to being the Machine.
Posted by: KB Blitz | November 05, 2010 at 12:37 AM

Howdy blitz.. always a pleasure exchanging pleasantries.

yes once upon a time in a galaxy far far away i do remember supporting sasha but over the years i've grown increasingly frustrated and last year "im not a garbage player" remark was the last straw... good memory there.

but since we're keepin tabs i also remember my first summer here when i called out vincesanity a complete choker and you defended him like ur own son and gave me stats on how vince is an elite SF whos got a great record in closing games (though most were regular season games).. no sweat there though... =)

but also let the record show... i believe i also predicted a massive lebron choke last playoffs (remember LAguy?) and thought boston was always the bigger threat when everyone wrote them off last year... predicted the titanic sinking of the shaq ship in phoenix and cavs... advocated the immediate benching of luke over ariza... supported signing of artest before it ever happened... also thought barnes was a great pickup... and that farmar was a perennial backup PG and nothing more though jurys still out on that.

as for our lightning rod bynum once had his back too... but patience wore almost completely thin and after his lousy work habits and questionable commitment last 2 years esp watching him lollygaggin during games in regular season last year.. and now dont think he deserves much more margin of error

and for good measure always hated luke from day 1.. the day lakers drafted him i had a freakin raging fit and when kupchak resigned him i boycotted watching laker games for a few months... this pretender made the league on his name ONLY riding big daddy bills coattails and won the freakin lottery when his surrogate father phil became coach and lakers started running the triangle.. anywhere else hes unemployed.

in conclusion aint been right everytime but if we're keepin score think i got a pretty good winning percentage here... just sayin TGIF! =)

Totally off topic:

Man I just love Kimmel's humor! LMFAO!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7F416yhwGI&feature=player_embedded

~3Heat CAN'T and WON'T STOP the 3PEAT!~

Brylle

To the Blog - Just doing my part ;) Posted by: Cap's Goggles (83-79) | November 05, 2010 at 11:51 AM
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And you did it well Cap's Googles!...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

frank1rizzo,

Heck yeah, I can't get enough of spraying those aliens on Gears. Halo Wars is my game right now though. Video games are good fun, I've been playing them since the Atari.

Go Lakers!

@JAMF and @Laker J - I put the video up on the post again. Let me know if that works

Guys, haha I'm far from a hippy and I don't want to come across as being overly sensitive. As I mentioned before, I played first-person shooters growing up. I love action movies, ranging from 007 to cop movies alike. I just think this is different because it's spoofing actual war. I don't think there's any ill will behind it. I just think it's in poor taste

Good evening Fam!

Relaxed and waiting for a very calm weekend, which will include our games (I promise that I will never back off again any soon in the middle of one... especially cos I don't wanna miss a thing of our guys), I think that the best song for today, after all I read in comments and also the subject of this thread.

I don't see anything really hurting about this commercial, and I am one who's strongly anti-weapons... but this is a video game and like others have said, video games affect society if parents don't educate their children in partying reality and truth from fantasy and fake. I have played with video games all my life, from the cheesiest to the trashier, and never in my mind crossed a thought that was anything that could/should mold my life in any way. A video game is harmless if put in its box. When it's taken extra-contextually, again, it's up to the surrounding educators to make the kid understand its value and representation of facts, an effort that sadly not many provide, I'll agree.

But you can't blame the games for it.

The comparison between war and sport are actually in auge since classic age: it's the element of competition, antagonism, tactic, physical effort and commitment.

It's actually safe to say that like Ancient Greeks were doing, and they actually held internationally stop at wars back then for real in Olympic times, that the day the sport would completely substitute the need of those downloads for the society, the war itself would blessingly disappear (utopistic only because war is an industry, too).

Kobe was just reciting a part.
Half of Hollywood is based on the war subject... why he cannot act for a moment?
Beside when Bruce Willis thought he could have taken part for real in the Afghanistan troops numbers, I really don't see anybody mistakin that kind of acting duties he (or anybody else) could do for a representation of reality.

But back on the song:

John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band, Give Peace A Chance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeDocgPpGd4

While we are on Kobe, I find interesting seeing how people create funny (and really flattering) mashups of amazing players to define him.
It's the need of human brain to categorize what it's too wide to be taken as an essence.
It's hard to accept Kobe is JUST Kobe, and nobody's like him.
A 5role player.
He can do ANYTHING and he can do EVERYTHING.
In his own unique style.
But at the same time, I always see all those "he's like this and he's like that" as a flattering thing in fact.

I don't sense it as a limiting of Kobe.
It's a limit of us writers in acknowledging his absolutely stunning complete-ness.

He's furtherly developing on that road where he acknowledges what he is minorly lacking, and works the hardest to fill that hole with class and glory.
This year, his agenda reads: "learn how to become the perfect all over teammate, learn trust better, learn how to delegate while still having that final sparkle".

He will accomplish this and then pass on the next agenda after the 17th ring, which will be: "learn how to make anybody realize nobody's like me, and nobody ever will. Then try to LEVITATE."

I am so confident in him, I am sure he can do it all.

Goals in life are what makes life progress.

Kobe is the Progress Of Basketball.
ONGOING.

I wanna send my sympathy and full support to Wes, JustaLakerFan and of course Rick.
We share your task of heaviness guys.
With love and genuine care.

A big smile to the always lovely FEARless, to ChicnStu, Jolly Rancher and Larry for yesterday sweetness to me; a big thank you to puddle for that hilarious South Park segment (Oh, LeChoker Princess of Self-references... and being myself the Queen of that practice, believe I can recognize a champion there as a no brainer... *loser*), and a complete thumbing up to phred for his posts.
Can't wait for tonight chat dear.

I am really sorry we lost Justa's post today... but even then I have to say sister you ROCKED your amazingly written recap.
Your style in writing is so captivating even a distillate of it is a great read.

Okay... must be all... it's dinner time over here and I just wanna relax before the game.

3.30 am.

I'm there ;)

LLL, Z. :)

sup phred...

about shasha.. just sayin u may be holding on to a check u just cant cash.. go ahead and try but will be returned NSF.. u've been forewarned

goin to the game today... but if i get there early will try to update you on lukes shooting bricks % during warmups. =)

Don't be a stick in the mud MM.

Instead of showing footage from the actual game itself like they've done in the past, they're using a different approach by showing off the various people who like to play these type of games.

Everyone from a hotel concierge to a nurse or lawyer or even a 5-time NBA champion plays COD.

I thought it was funny and pretty cool

I also don't like how Super Mario portrays women as fragile and stupid Mario and Luigi's mission is always to save Princess Peach from Bowser. Will she ever learn to stay away from Bowser?

Come on, it's a video GAME.

Z - thanks for the Lennon - I will listen to that song EVERY time it comes on.

Since we are on the topic of video games, Red Dead Redemption is by far the game of the year!

Cap's Goggles - Noah and I actually went to the same school in France in the early 90's. We'd ball all the time during recess and he'd talk trash all day about when he grows up, he's going to play in the NBA like Mike and where a Chicago Bulls uniform. I remember that I always wanted him on my team for pick up games but he was so annoying, always talking about being the next Jordan.

Now that he's a pro and he's saying things like that about Artest, I really, really admired him from when he was a VERY short, loud mouth 4th grader...

Video is up now.

Not good Kobe!

@Art - ahhh...CSNY to provide the voice of reason

Cap's Goggles - Good stuff on Noah comments about Artest. And Cleveland's response to Lebron = real!

@Mamba – Prince…say no more!

@Tim-4-show – that was hilarious

@Lew – a jam and very appropriate for Drew

@63 Footer – The Darkness def made Friday a lil brighter

@Justa - A little Friday Fixx is a good thing.

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GET WELL SOON WESJOENIXON - BANDWAGON
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Thought I'd stop in on my way to the store to say hi. 10 days of pneumonia have left unable to
communicate or spend much time doing anything. But I have dreams. I have a vision. I see
sunny warm weather (uh,...it's winter in Indiana wes....keep dreaming) and I see my computers
being fixed sometime soon and my fingers once again finding their familiar places on my laptop
keyboard. I even see a laker game or two being viewed in the near furture with maybe a beer
consumed or some other fine, cold beverage. One step at a time... first, solid food and clean
clothes... Posted by: Wes | November 05, 2010 at 09:21 AM
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - LET US PRAY. Dear Lord, please deliver our
brother Wes from pneumonia. Remove every symptom. Rest his body and allow it to recover. Purge
his body of every toxin. Restore the strength in his lungs. Restore hm and grant his the strength
needed to be a soldier to his family, friends and the Lakers Blog community. We thank You for answered prayer...AMEN!
(03) ZAIRA - GODDESSS - I wanna send my sympathy and full support to Wes,
(04) EASTCOASTJESSIE – DRIVER - Hope you feel better soon Wes.
(05) RICK FRIEDMNA RIDING SHOTGUN
(06) MAMBA24 – Get well soon WesJoe my brother. And get your butt back here
(07) MAGIC PHIL
(08) LEWSTERS - wes - Like AB, you are in rehab waiting to step up....Get well soon...This will be a special run this year...and we need everyone on the team present and accounted for...Questions is...when you come back...are you starting or will LO start...either way...wesjoenixon off the bench is still formidable...
(09) PHRED
(10) LAKERLASS
(11) 63 FOOTER - glad to hear you're feeling better wes.
(12) LROB - Wes - get better soon. I might need some bagels in SB.
(13) JON K - Wes! Brother! I'm sorry to hear that you're sick. I hope you feel better soon. I've been slowly getting over a linger sinus infection. These things happen. You will get better!
(14) MCLYNE - Wes I'll be sending you prayers today as well- get better dude!
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Hey all, Been away a bit and that looks like that trend will continue. Family crisis
and health issues will make me part timer.Posted by: JustaLakerFan |
November 04, 2010 at 07:22 PM
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(01) MAMBA24 – OWNER - Take care of yourself my brother, The Blog needs you.
My prayers for you and your family.
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER - justa.... from 1 to another.... take care
of yourself & your loved ones. We'll hold down the fort
(03) ZAIRA AMATERASU – GODDESS - I wanna send my sympathy and full support to Wes,
JustaLakerFan and of course Rick. We share your task of heaviness guys.
With love and genuine care.

OCisMambaCounty - Wow! Cool story. Go for the free tickets next time he's in town (threaten to show pictures of him in 4th grade bein' short).

yellofever - yeah! Represent at the game! Be sure to tell us what kind of suit Luke's wearing tonight. That IS important.

I kid, I kid!

Mark Medina - "justa - why can't you see it?"

Justa! Take the shades off inside! You're darn cool with or without them.
Posted by: 63 Footer | November 05, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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Yep some people are just too C-O-O-L...what's that spell!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02inZ3wy-Qo

Joakim wears his jersey, not where... lol

sorry.

@Jefe - you know what they say about great minds!

Its a M203.

Grenade launcher attached to M16.

I trained with this weapon.. too bulky up front.

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/m203.htm

Posted by: lurker | November 05, 2010 at 12:08 PM

lol isn't Super Mario Bros. a FAR cry from COD?

While you are entitled to your opinion, I find nothing really objectionable here. The reason the commercial features "everyday citizens handling guns as if they are toys" is because it is a toy commercial.

BTW MM, you don't strike me as a hippy. How did you vote on prop. 19 though?

Medina,

Lighten up dude...........If Former President George Bush can launch a real war against Iraq while most Americans nestled in to their beds and watched it unfold live on CNN....... I hardly think Kobe's appearance in a video game can do any more damage than what's already been done.


Take a bath hippie!

LRob - The Time never had the widest-range of songwriting (unlike their bud Prince), but boy were they great live - funny as heck and really tight (like all the Minny groups of the time). They totally thought they were the best, and it showed. Man, you never sat down during one of their shows.

Laker J - I voted against it. I was actually on the fence about it because I thought in some way the legalization of it would bring in actual revenue and in a way minimize the drug cartels and I think it is a problem in that the laws for marijuana use is too harsh and overcrowding the prisons. But from what I read the legislation didn't seem to be written right and I was skeptical and thought it might actually do more harm than good

He will accomplish this and then pass on the next agenda after the 17th ring, which will be: "learn how to make anybody realize nobody's like me, and nobody ever will. Then try to LEVITATE." Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | November 05, 2010 at 11:59 AM
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WOW! Thats all! except...OUT FREAKIN STANDING GODDESS!!!


Take a bath hippie! Posted by: pfunk36 | November 05, 2010 at 12:20 PM
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PFUNK36! STOP THAT! STOP THAT RIGHT NOW!!!!

lurkey - LOL you're right. It was very offensive seeing Peach being treated like that. That was actually going to be the topic of the next post, but you beat me to it. I'm not objecting to this on any it's harmful for the kids b/c I do think society puts way too much emphasis on movies and video games with the ratings system. I'm opposed more to it that I don't think it's appropriate to really spoof combat operations when our military is putting its life on the line in two wars.

I get where you're coming from MM, but I disagree. They're marketing a game - a very realistic war game - and I think they marketed it well. It was clever even.

Maybe your issue is more with the fact that realistic war games actually exist, and there I think you might have a point. Not necessarily because they will affect young children or anything like that (personally, I think that's overblown), but more because I find it insensitive to those who have actually suffered through such horrors. Still, although awful things like war and crime are not games, many an average man and woman finds these games to be a release from the mundane, which is why I found this commercial clever in the first place.

In the end, though realistic video games themselves may be somewhat distasteful, they're ultimately harmless, and I can't blame anyone for enjoying the release they get from it, even if I don't fully understand it.

MM - I heard Luke was going to be in the next Mario ad. When Mario gets to Princess Peach, he finds Luke there instead.

puddle - Yeah I see your point. Believe me, I love video games too. As I said before, I like first person shooters. This commercial again just struck me the wrong way simply b/c of it's happy go lucky attitude while mimicking combat operations. If anything I'd have actually preferred the game show the realistic footage that has in the commercial. I actually like those games, including this one, because in a way it shows respect toward the complexity missions entail even if it pales to the actual real-life missions

Wow, how quickly we forget. The only reason this country exists is that "everyday citizens" picked up weapons to fight against tyranny.

Those who forget the past are destined to repeat it.

Ignorance will not protect you.

LA Lakers 2009-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions

I'm not a gamer, but i recently started playing games in 3D and its a nice addition for those who do like videos games.

ps. It's just a game.

pps. Can we get ouch & Ricky in a steel-cage death match?

Please

it's all good, I figured the comments would run the way they have. Most people don't know it wasn't too long ago we couldn't get our soldiers to fire directly at anybody, especially if they were looking directly back at them, they would fire slightly to the left or right but... thanks to modern video training at a young age, there's a whole new group coming up that won't hesitate when it's time to fire... right between the eyes... POW! just like in the game!

And as far as everybody saying, "well, it didn't affect me" that's kinda the point... it's just like driving while talking on a cell phone, 90% of us are coordinated enough to do it, the other 10% or so... hoofa... it's the same thing with these realistic games that have people shooting and knifing realistic looking people who are looking directly at them, 90% of the people playing, totally unaffected but those other 10% who start playing 16+ hours a day... hoofa... don't get in an argument with them, you ask them what time it is they're liable to pull out a knife and fight you to the death, "WHAT did you say???" as they go postal...

Must be a slow news day.

We need a a story about Sasha's engagement ring or Luke's sad excuse of a BBQ stand.

Black Ops=Black Hearts?

In the daily video game test market I've got goin' on round my house every day I can tell y'all they're an unstoppable force. I've pulled the plug, hidden the remotes, but gather a group of random 14 yr old boys on a playground and they that's what they talk about as opposed to say sports.

My boys wanted me to know that Kobe was in the spot, hoping that it would soften me to the obvious lack of redeeming features of hours spent online playin' these games. Add an Eminem album to the mix and you got a whole new kinda parental horror.


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We need a a story about Sasha's engagement ring or Luke's sad excuse of a BBQ stand. Posted by: htj | November 05, 2010 at 12:48 PM
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LMAO!!!!!!!

I think the commercial was very entertaining and out of the box. I really think with all the crap that is on TV now, this has to be one of the lesser distasteful issues to discuss. I was a cool concept basically saying everyone and their mom plays COD: BO and the irony of seeing little suburban kids and such with guns is so unbelievable its hilarious.

@ Hexoronii:

Perhaps you should mitigate your language a bit. There's a way to say what you wanted to say without being uncouth.

Video is a trip....all the walks of life, then kobe...I don't like war but have played the videos,

I don't think war video games, check "grand theft auto", or kobe messes up the kids...this laker team is especiall quality guys, I bet kobe plays them

I think the diet of food and tv, excessive video messes up the kids....it is weird out there

I think any kid that gets in trouble at school should have to read this blog everyday for a month

that will fix them

It's a video game bro. Its an advertisement for a video game. The messege the commercial is trying to send is that no matter what ordinary, or in Kobe and Kimmels place famous; main point is if you're human and ever had interest in war but not the real thing here is a game that can simulate it for you. SO chill out and don't hate on a commerical that tried to get more atention by using Kobe.

Jimmy Kimmel isn't the hotel concierge. He's shooting the RPG just after that scene. Did the writer of the article even watch the commercial he is apparently so disgusted by? There's an idiot that has a problem with everything out there, even when they don't know what they're talking about. Looks like we found our idiot.

whomever wrote this article is taking it way way to serious. It just a commercial buddy. Relax!!

This commercial is just showing all the people who play this game. Also youre a hypocrite. Watching the movies shootem up movies is basically the same as playing the games. Either way youre imagining your self in that situation.

It's a game that is about war, Kobe is a person who likes to play the game (supposedly). I don't see it wrong that he allowed himself to be in it, showing that he too plays games he likes online with other "regular joes." Also starting a statement with "Don't get me wrong..." is like a racist who starts off "I'm not a racist but...". It's just the writer trying to protect any backlash they may encounter.

Jordan Stoddard - Before hurling insults, you might want to read the sentence I actually wrote: " The commercial is obviously a spoof considering it also features Jimmy Kimmel and a hotel concierge answering his phone in the middle of a gun fight." The word "and" makes it pretty clear Jimmy Kimmel the hotel concierge are two separate entities in the commercial

What I find odd is that those who stated Black Ops "is a game" are the same people who are angry because you're allowed to play the "Opposing Force" in MoH.

The best is Kimmel's 'Proud Noob' RPG.

The Mamba and Proud Noob names on the guns were highlighting the new feature where your gamer name will display on your gun. Brilliantly directed piece.

Also starting a statement with "Don't get me wrong..." is like a racist who starts off "I'm not a racist but...".

That analogy doesn't even come close to holding. Nice try though.

 
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