Controversy and Video Games go together like Traffic and Weather
and with these two bitter problems circling the network of entertainment its very hard to get away from it all. As gamers we are constantly asked if we think video games are causing children and soft-minded individuals to 'act out', which is an unfair statement. It would be like asking us to guess what a person is thinking. You see the effects video games have on people depends on that particular person's mental strength and sensibility, not the level of graphic violence or sex in a video game or film. Why is Pulp Fiction
considered cinema genius when it carries vulgar language, drug abuse, violence and rape, and yet a game such as Call of Duty receives angry press for its graphical content.
To be honest, we've all played 'that' mission from Modern Warfare 2
; it's hardly forcing you to look away from the screen in disgusted horror. And yet there was so much angry press about it. Look, there are two big things that will probably never, ever appear in video games but will in films.
One; I keep rattling my brain about it, but I can't think of one game where the user is able to inflict pain or kill a child MPC. Murdering children will just never appear in a video game, it's an unwritten rule. To be fair, if you're complaining about not being able to kill a child in a video game, you're probably in need of some care. I'm just saying.
Two; The conflict of 'Sex' in a game can usually be a romance story or an actual animation of two naked avatars rubbing against each other; defining what could have been the worst thing for the studio's animator to create. But amongst all that awful polygon nudity, there is a rule. No rape. Like my 'child killing law' I can't think of any game that ever displayed or simulated forced sex. Aside from those dodgy Japanese Flash games, I can't think of any mainstream or current generation console game that ever stepped into that territory.
So what I'm trying to say is why are we worried? Why are people blaming video games for an incident involving a misunderstood teenager? If we stopped stooping to the level where we blame inanimate objects on real
issues we may see that nothing really has the power to subliminally force someone to act out in violence. Maybe you need to be a trained psychologist to understand it all, but surely these people who do act out are clearly under a lot of mental strain and very unstable, and all it takes is one thing to make them snap. It just so happens that one thing is Manhunt
I say game developers should carry on with what they're doing. Games shouldn't be restricted away from the real world and its scenarios just because a minority ruined it for the majority. Wording this very wrongly, I sound like I'm encouraging video game violence, but that's not the point I'm trying to make. Truth is people will try to find problems in any game no matter what genre or target audience. Stick parents and teachers in front of Super Mario Brothers
and I guarantee you'll find someone with a reason why they wouldn't let their children play it. That's it really.