My last post about Hatred pissed some people off. Most people seemed to not give a crap either way, but some it pissed off. It is completely their right to be pissed off. I got some notes, responded, thought a bit and decided what I did was wrong. I shouldn't have made that last post about Hatred.
I SHOULD HAVE MADE IT ABOUT CREATIVE FREEDOM!
Ok, seriously, I'm gonna set the tone here. I don't want you to think this is gonna be one long middle finger to those people who disagreed with me. It's not. It is what I honestly think creative freedom is and what it shouldn't be. But first, I think alot of the problem with the last post and more importantly, whats wrong with the whole issue of creative freedom in general, is a problem of subtlety. I was making a lot of statements and ideas that were, first of all jokes, and then secondly required a sense of subtlety; which is always the first thing to die on the internet. It's not the internet's fault. It's literally a medium of black and white ( text). When you read something you agree with, you nod your head and go. " YUP, I LIKE THIS." and of course when you read something you don't like you shake your head. . . and call them everything you can think of right at that second. Regardless of if they meant it as a joke or irony or whatever. ( I'm actually not calling anyone out, this is literally how the internet works.)
SO, to combat this little issue of subtlety I've come up with a brilliant solution. You may have noticed that certain sections of this journal have been Bold and Italic . Those are jokes. In those statements I'm mostly just saying something I think is funny and doesn't actually matter. In the spirit of our new understanding I've titled this entry. . . .
CREATIVE FREEDOM : WHAT A BUNCH OF BULLSHIT.
(see what I did there? Tee Hee! )
First of all, I loves me some creative freedom. As I mentioned, I was around in the crap old days ( the 90's) when it seemed like everyone and their publicly elected dog was trying to take games away from us. Fast forward to now : they didn't. We won. The only time we don't get to play a game we want is when it comes out in Japan and publishers think it'll tank over here, and even that doesn't happen much any more ( in the case of Xenoblade or Pandora's Tower)
So all in all it's a pretty great time to be creative, but the point I was trying to make with the last post was: that now, with games like Hatred, we're getting into that area of " because we can" logic. Which I think is a big ol' bag of fried horse cocks. ( isn't this fun?! )
I don't know about you but when I look at people in "open carry" states, getting ice cream with a 9mm attatched to their hip, the first thing that goes though my mind is, " uhhh, yeah dude, you CAN do that, but , honestly, should you?" And inevitably the argument to that question , some might say almost without thinking, is , " IT IS MAH RIGHT AS A AMERI-" yeah, yeah, we get the idea. IMO I'ts black and white logic with zero middle ground, and it serves something dumb just as badly as it serves something good.
And that basically is the point I was trying very loudly and hilariously ( see! it's a joke! ) to make. Yeah, you can make a game about a psycho shooting up town filled with random innocent people begging for their lives, but A: isn't it kinda a dick move to the families of the people who've gone through something like that? B' maybe it's not gonna make the next Sandy Hook murderer, but it's sure as shit not gonna say something meaningful or relevant about terrible events like those. And C, what the balls ass titties is wrong with you?!? To me, creative freedom without any kind of thought or scrutiny is just as dangerous as us having none at all. Because what is the line then? Are you telling me so long as it's done in a creative medium you can do anything? As I said in the last post, should a studio be able to make a rape simulator? Or a child pornography sim? If you're asking me, hell no you shouldn't. Comedian Jim Jeffereys has a whole bit about gun control and in it he says, " we have to walk as slow as our slowest person to keep society moving." which basically means some things should not be allowed to some people because some people are friggin nuts.
That's what creative freedom is to me; It is, and should be, a tug of war not a absolute massacre. No one side should win absolutely. We should all think. With our brain minds. About each piece of media that is out there and how we feel about it. Not just toss a blanket on the whole subject and be like " Well I don't wanna mess with creative freedom so this must be ok" There should be discussions, and thoughts, but also, when the time requires, action and consequences. I still think that game should get taken off steam. If more people disagree with me and do something about it then boom, I'm wrong. The system works, and everything is fine. However if MORE people agree with me and simply didn't do anything, like write a letter, or whatever then it's not working and we ( or more specifically you) should do something about it. What I said in the last post was me having a laugh trying to get other people who felt the same way to do something about it.
And most importantly I get to make these comments and statements because I can say what ever the titty ass farting lubed up porcupine I want!!
You know why?