These Old Folks' Reactions to Black Ops II Are Adorable

Gather a bunch of 50- and 60-year-olds in a focus group, show them Black Ops II's violent, self-regarding trailer, and ask them what they think. Recipe for incomprehending outrage and comedy gold, akin to the infamous "Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2," stunt EA pulled, right?.

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Not really. Asked why the game is so popular with these dern whippersnappers, one guy pipes right up with a smile. "You probably have the most opportunity to kill and fuck up the most things," he says.

"Years ago, we had a game called Battleship," another gentleman says-very earnestly-right after that. "And it was very competitive. And we had five or six guys participate. What's changed?" You know, he has a point. We'd get into fights and call each other all kinds of nasty words over Battleship all the time.

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Three of them say they'd be willing to try it. All of them say they'd be killed instantaneously upon joining a multiplayer session (the most optimistic guess was "20 seconds," from one of the women."

Why not? "Looks like fun," says one old timer. "Not for me," says another woman, but she's smiling as she says it. "I don't understand the violence, I don't get it," says another woman, but again, her tone doesn't suggest that someone else is wrong for getting it.

Finally, "Whee!" says the Battleship aficionado. That might be the best reaction of all of them.

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To the video makers:

QUIT FRAMING EVERY FUCKING QUESTION ABOUT THE ENTIRE MEDIUM OF VIDEO GAMES AS IF THEY'RE DESIGNED FOR, SOLD TO, MARKETED TO OR MADE FOR FUCKING CHILDREN YOU MOTHERFUCKERS.

Every fucking game, EVERY FUCKING GAME that is obviously designed for adults, that is only sold to adults (and BTW ESRB ratings are twice as effective as MPAA ratings in preventing of sales to minors), some stupid jackass with a fucking agenda HAS to ask "What about the children, where the fuck are my pearls, MY PEARLS?!?".

IT'S FUCKING OLD. STAHP IT.

I mean, hell, I want to like this video, these kinds of videos. I'm happy a lot of the "elders" are aware of games and the role parents play in buying them, but then you fucking drag it back to "What about the children?".

This is why the discussion about mature games will always come to that, because you keep asking the question. Well news flash, buddy: THE QUESTION IS FUCKING INAPPLICABLE. Of COURSE this is not okay for kids to play—you'll notice the fucking sticker on the box, on the disc, on the manual, and on the boot screen, as well as on EVERY poster and EVERY ad and EVERY promo that plays that says "17+".

They don't put that there because they really like that graphic. Mother FUCK.

... /rant off

(Yay woo Gawker/Kotaku's back! Hope all the techies and writers and staff are hanging in there and safe and sane. Sorry my first comment after re-activation is this negative.)