Cooper Lawrence says "Lost" is more sexually explicit than "Mass Effect"

Last week, every gamer who saw the gross misrepresentation of BioWare’s Mass Effect game for Xbox 360 on Fox News felt a sickening disgust for the cable program. Read this for all the background and link to the video.

The massive amount of backlash from the Internet community may have caused Cooper Lawrence to reconsider her claims. Lawrence was presumably called upon by Fox News to provide expert opinion on the supposed pornographic nature of Mass Effect, while the video game media’s Geoff Keighley’s was brought on to provide the counterpoint.

Sadly, the Fox News panel largely ignored Keighley’s comments, choosing only to run with the predetermined angle. But surprisingly, it appears that the cries of inaccurate reporting have not gone unnoticed by Lawrence.

Speaking to the New York Times, Lawrence said that she had finally watched someone play Mass Effect for a couple of hours and realized her errors.

“I recognize that I misspoke,” she said. “I really regret saying that, and now that I’ve seen the game and seen the sex scenes it’s kind of a joke.”

While it’s positive to see one soul saved from this whole fiasco, it still begs the question how such an uninformed ‘expert’ could be called to speak out against Mass Effect – unless Lawrence was just part of some other agenda.

“Before the show I had asked somebody about what they had heard, and they had said it’s like pornography,” she added. “But it’s not like pornography. I’ve seen episodes of ‘Lost’ that are more sexually explicit.”

Who told her such things? Was she being intentionally mislead? We may never know, though Lawrence shouldn’t be excused as she should have done her own research before appearing on national television. At least Lawrence has done more than Fox News in trying to represent the facts. Meanwhile, Fox News claims that it has invited EA to appear on the Live Desk program to discuss Mass Effect and related issues, but nothing has come of that yet.

Hopefully this whole thing has just sold more copies of Mass Effect.

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