Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ugh.

[Visual description: cover of the Wii game, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party; cartoon bunny-like creatures with wide-open mouths, unmatched eyes, and a TV screen]

Finding items like this on the front page of Amazon makes me less enthusiastic about holiday shopping this season.

From the product description at Amazon.com:
The Rabbids have taken over almost every channel you can imagine, from music to movies - even TV ads. Help the Rabbids destroy all our daily viewing and drive Rayman crazy. In Story Mode, play through a week of television, with each day bringing new wacky challenges of skill and insane movements in a compilation of mini-games. With up to eight players in turn-based mode and four players simultaneously, get ready for you and all your friends to go insane.
Really, they need to use the word "insane" twice in four sentences? Crazy, wacky, raving, and rabid too... which all apparently mean screaming with wide open mouths and unfocused eyes, causing havoc, chaos, destruction? "Get ready for you and all your friends to go insane." Lovely.

27 comments:

william Peace said...

Penny, If you think this game is bad I shudder to think what you would say about the games my teenage son plays on his Xbox. All are violent and mind numbing. I detest them but know his ability to socialize with his peers would be compromised if I banned them from our house.

Penny L. Richards said...

Well, I don't know anything about this game, to be honest-- we don't have a Wii -- but I do find the relentless use of a term like "insane" in the marketing of a game for younger kids (bunnies, Rated E) remarkable. There was a game a few years ago called "Chromosomething," which involved creating a "mutant" with various recipes involving "chromosomes" -- another case of a game where the misuse of specific medical terminology that was a problem. (There was an outcry from several advocacy groups, and the game was withdrawn.)

hymes said...

We couldn't get the straitjacketed teddy bear withdrawn from the market so I suspect we can't get this one to change its marketing either. Often I wish people with psychiatric labels were heard when we speak out but most often we are told be less "sensitive" in these situations.

Tera said...

I didn't catch this until you pointed it out. (Although I haven't played any of the games featuring the Rabbids, I've seen them in ads and stuff.

Consider this a trackback: The Raving Rabbids and mental illness

william Peace said...

All these games are about as subtle as brick thrown through a window. The language used is the least offensive aspect of many games. Some are so violent and crass I do not allow them. The way women are portrayed is consistently horrible. Every parent I know objects to these games and yet plunk down $60 for them. I wish I knew how to change the industry so they would produce entertaining non violent gaming.

miyuki said...

Paypal payment. Free shipping. cheap ugg boots ,UGG Online Store,australian cheap ugg boots ,ugg boots australia,UGG Online Store,black ugg boots,ugg boots on sale,cheap uggs. Very Cheap!Vente en ligne de discount chaussure sport : chaussure puma, chaussure nike, chaussure tn, nike tn,nike requin, puma future cat, nike shox torch, ugg boots et plus.

miyuki said...

ralph Lauren polo shirts , Lacoste Polo Shirts, Burberry Polo Shirts.wholesale Lacoste polo shirts and polo ralph laurenwith great price. clothingol.com offers lot of 10 lacoste polo shirts and lot of 20 cheap polo shirts. clothingol.com offers classic fit polo shirts. polo clothingnike air max ltd is divided into sports life and NIKE NIKENIKE air shoes sports mark for a big hook (swoosh)NIKE life (NSW) mark is a hook NIKE swoosh (English) +Sometimes life will sell NIKE sports channel,cheap puma mens shoes , enjoy shopping!

miyuki said...

ed hardy clothing Online Store - We wholesale and retail cheap ed hardy shirts
g including Ed Hardy Men's Clothing,ed hardy clothing Clothing,Ed Hardy Kids Clothing, ed hardy womens Sunglasses, Ed Hardy Swimwear and more.

miyuki said...

mens clothing men's sweate, cheap columbia jackets, lacoste sweater, ralph lauren polo shirts,ski clothing. Free Shipping, PayPal Payment. Enjoy your shopping experience on mensclothingstore.Us
nike max shoes, one of the world's three major brands of Puma shoes, will build its factory in Lanshan county next year, Hunan province. Taiwan Diamond Group of Footwear production chooses its base in Lanshan county, which is one of top 500 companies in the world.

miyuki said...

A study last yearnike tn, the author in the essay read NIKE , a reporter at the Shanghai headquarters in an interview, nike chaussuressee a pr in high school to read a league plans, employees interviewed told reporters in Beijing's streets, they children to interview, the children said, "truly understand them." tn chaussures These words, if the author touches product function, brand spirit and culture is to become part of the consumer of two basic methods

polo shirt said...

Thank you so much!!polo shirt men'ssweate,cheap polo shirts cheap columbia jackets, lacoste sweater, ralph lauren polo shirts,ski clothing. Free Shipping, PayPal Payment. Enjoy your shopping experience on mensclothingus.com.We have mens polo shirts.

polo shirt said...

God bless you!I really agree with your opinions.Also,there are some new fashion things here,gillette razor blades.gillette mach3 razor bladesfor men.As for ladies,gillette venus razor blades must the best gift for you in summer,gillette fusion blades are all the best choice for you.

lljj said...

Awesome!!!Best wishes for you !!wholesale polo shirts is the father of the summer should be prepared to most commonly used item, it has both style and shape of polo clothing, and vest with a random function, so that in the short-sleeved apply to both on many occasions, the pink and black color men's polo shirts brought into effect, lightweight cotton, linen texture to demonstrate masculine temperament and sense of fashion exhaustively. polo shirts for sale

lljj said...

fantastic!God bless you!Meanwhile,you can visit my China Wholesale,we have the highest quality but the lowest price fashion products wholesale from China.Here are the most popular China Wholesale products for all of you.Also the polo clothing is a great choice for you.

lljj said...

Wonderful!!You can find the father who desire fashionable, intellectual cheap polos simultaneously, you can find a psychologist to study the most harmonious of families should be pink mens clothing, so do not want to take the mature route for the father, buy cheap polos, the learn from such a walk in between the formal and casual styling, refined style to create a sense of mild authority.

polo shirt said...

Men's polo shirts was the shirt of choice for diverse groups of teenagers
Brightly coloured polo shirts can make you look like a Day-glo dirigible.
Wonderful!You can find the father who desire fashionable eg,uggs fashion,you can enjoy uggs online here, intellectual polo shirt simultaneously

Anonymous said...

Do not mean bad.Thank you so much!I just want to show some fashion things to all of you.I like ugg boots.black ugg boots,Loose T-shirt or super-size clothing are the best partners, it allows you to exercise in relax.The classic style cheap uggs may fit someone.You should never design yourself into a monster of no golden section point because beautiful cheap ugg boots.Also,for ladies, in winter sheepskin boots are the excellent choice.ugg boots on sale

polo shirt said...

Perfect!!You are a outstanding person!Have you ever wore chaussures puma, puma CAT,Puma shoes store gives some preview of puma speed cat,puma basket, puma speed, puma speed and other puma shoes. These puma sport items are at store recently and available for anyone.

eda said...

101煙火,煙火批發,煙火工廠,製造浪漫煙火小舖,煙火小舖,衣蝶,衣蝶,情趣用品,情趣商品,情趣,情趣,煙火批發,情趣禮品,成人用品,小泉彩,按摩棒,跳蛋,情趣內衣,情趣精品,情趣商品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣,真愛密碼,真愛密碼,貓裝,自慰器,自慰器,性感內褲,飛機杯,充氣娃娃,情趣內衣,角色扮演,丁字褲,性感丁字褲,跳蛋,跳蛋,AV,性感丁字褲,丁字褲,煙火,情趣用品,情趣用品

Lorraine said...

cheap wedding gowns
discount bridal gowns
China wedding dresses
discount designer wedding dresses
China wedding online store
plus size wedding dresses
cheap informal wedding dresses
junior bridesmaid dresses
cheap bridesmaid dresses
maternity bridesmaid dresses
discount flower girl gowns
cheap prom dresses
party dresses
evening dresses
mother of the bride dresses
special occasion dresses
cheap quinceanera dresses
hot red wedding dresses

Will said...

I agree with you. good job. i have a ed hardy online store, I offer great brands at great prices.you may buy the ed hardy womens shirt in discount price these days .it's good gift for your girl . the best hot item is spyder jackets in the autumn.but some guy think the cheap columbia jackets better.

酒店上班請找艾葳 said...

艾葳酒店經紀提供專業的酒店經紀,酒店上班,酒店打工、兼職、酒店相關知識等酒店相關產業服務,想加入這行業的水水們請找專業又有保障的艾葳酒店經紀公司!
艾葳酒店經紀是合法的公司、我們是不會跟水水簽任何的合約 ( 請放心 ),我們是不會強押水水辛苦工作的薪水,我們絕對不會對任何人公開水水的資料、工作環境高雅時尚,無業績壓力,無脫秀無喝酒壓力,高層次會員制客源,工作輕鬆。
一般的酒店經紀只會在水水們第一次上班和領薪水時出現而已,對水水們的上班安全一點保障都沒有!艾葳酒店經紀公司的水水們上班時全程媽咪作陪,不需擔心!只提供最優質的酒店上班環境、上班條件給水水們。

传斌 said...

replica Watches
replica Watches
replica Watches
fake Watches
knockoff Watches
replica Rolex Watches
replica Breitling Watches
replica Cartier Watches
replica Omega Watches
replica Tag Heuer Watches
replica Bell & Ross Watches
replica Panerai Watches
replica IWC Watches
replica Patek Philippe Watches
replica Chopard Watches
replica Gucci Watches
replica Corum Watches
replica Montblanc Watches
replica Jacob & Co Watches
replica A.Dunhill Watches
replica A.Lange & Sohne Watches
replica Alain Silberstein Watches
replica Audemars Piguet Watches
replica B.R.M Watches
replica Baume & Mercier Watches
replica Blancpain Watches
replica BMW Watches
replica Breguet Watches
replica Burberry Watches
replica Bvlgari Watches
replica Chronoswiss Watches
replica Concord Watches
replica D&G Watches
replica De Witt Watches
replica Dior Watches

Peejay Li said...

I got something useful from your page. It really enlighten me much and deeply.
chaussures puma
puma speed cat
Nike Tn Chaussures
requin tn
nike shox
puma shoes
puma CAT
puma basket
puma speed
baskets puma
puma sport
puma femmes
puma shox r4 torch
nike air max requin
nike shox r3
shox rival r3
tn plus
chaussures shox
nike shox r4 torch
air max tn requin
nike tn femme
pas cher nike
tn chaussures
nike rift
nike shox nz
chaussures shox
nike shox rival
shox rival
chaussures requin

man said...

The word "shanzhai" is very popular in China. It is industry phenomenon of imitation, high quality and low price. Moreover, cell phones are the representative of them.The global financial crisis led to a significant shrinkage of assets for people. "china wholesale" demonstrate the might. most of them would like buy the cheap cell phones now .

Through google search engine, when you put in "discount cell phones", you will find more than 15,000 pieces of related information. Cell phone china has been concerned in the world. Many international sellers can get a considerable profit by ways of wholesale cell phones from China and switch selling. So it is a very good job on cell phones wholesale in the current financial crisis.

freefun0616 said...

酒店經紀人,
菲梵酒店經紀,
酒店經紀,
禮服酒店上班,
酒店小姐兼職,
便服酒店經紀,
酒店打工經紀,
制服酒店工作,
專業酒店經紀,
合法酒店經紀,
酒店暑假打工,
酒店寒假打工,
酒店經紀人,
菲梵酒店經紀,
酒店經紀,
禮服酒店上班,
酒店經紀人,
菲梵酒店經紀,
酒店經紀,
禮服酒店上班,
酒店小姐兼職,
便服酒店工作,
酒店打工經紀,
制服酒店經紀,
專業酒店經紀,
合法酒店經紀,
酒店暑假打工,
酒店寒假打工,
酒店經紀人,
菲梵酒店經紀,
酒店經紀,
禮服酒店上班,
酒店小姐兼職,
便服酒店工作,
酒店打工經紀,
制服酒店經紀,
酒店經紀,

,

HONG said...

nike air max 90
nike air max 95
nike air max tn
nike air rift
nike shox r4
nike air max 360
nike shox nz
puma mens shoes
puma shoes
puma speed
nike shoes
nike air
nike air shoes
puma cat
air max trainers
mens nike air max
nike shoes air max
nike shoes shox
air shoes
nike shoe cart
puma future
cheap puma
sports shoes
nike air rifts
nike air rift trainer
nike air
nike rift
nike rift shoes
cheap nike air rifts
bape shoes
jeans shop
diesel jeans
levis jeans