First off, I want to thank all the well wishers on this the day of my birth over some ( REDACTED ) years ago. I know DA tells you when my birthday is coming up,
and is indeed happening, but you still took the time to stop by and say something nice which isn't to be scoffed at. SO THANK YOU!
SO I'm a year older and a year dumber and fatter, so what old fat dum-dums do? They rant about completely trivial issues that effect no one but themselves.
So here's mine.
DISCLAIMER : I realize this is not the most pressing issue in the universe/on earth/ in town but it's one that I honestly cannot understand why it is happening, so I'm gonna rant about it until I get bored or hungry.
HERE WE GO!
Remember that dumb game for psychos that was announced a while ago? I do. It's a game where you play as the guy the Columbine kids probably had sketched on their binders while they were being called names everyone gets called in high school, but never thought to use as an excuse to do murders. Imagine Nathan Explosion, and replace the characters cooky irony and self-awareness with with dumb, stupid cave-man hate for anything alive. Remember in the 90's, and into the aughts, when violent video game's opposition coined the term, " murder simulator"? THIS IS THAT GAME. IT LITERALLY CLAIMS TO SIMULATE MURDER.
The premise is simple: Jason Vorhees comes home from along hard day in the Matrix and instead of watching Chrisly Knows Best, he decides to load up his shot gun, put on his blackest trench coat and isometrically ( Diablo style) murder everyone outside who isn't him until the cops take him out, or he turns the gun on himself. So naturally it's rated E for everyone. Hah! The only good thing about the game was it was shot down pretty quickly ( pardon the pun tee- hee!
It was one of those rare times it felt like the clouds parted and Jesus Christ himself took his big ole stompy beardy sandal and said, " Nope! Not on my watch." and righteously stomped that crazy person simulator into oblivion. Through grass roots ( whatever that means) complaining, we got the piece of crap taken off steam and effectively making it cease to matter.
Until it came back on steam.
GUUUHHHHH!. . . It seemed some other psychos, who hadn't made the game, did some grass roots ( I just imagine people who haven't bathed) complaining of their own and got their beloved murder-pa-looza back on the only platform that would give it a shot at making any money.
"SO!" ( a dum dum might say) " YOU HAVE SUCH A PROBLEM WITH HATRED, YET WHAT ABOUT GAMES LIKE GTA WHO LET YOU GO ON RAMPAGES AND KILL INNOCENTS WHOLESALE?! HUUHHHHHH??"
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The basic answer to me is context. The people who populate GTA are the worst type of people ever: Celebrity loving, ignorant, idiots who shout dumb slogans, talk trash, and most importantly display absolutely no actual believable human emotion. Anyone with a brain who's actually played GTA can tell you one thing: the whole thing is a parody. The rich people are pompous jerks, the trashy people make Honey Bo Bo's parents look like Colin Firth and EVERYONE'S head is firmly placed well within their buttholes.
Ok so I realize saying, " those innocent people are just ASKING to be murdered!" isn't the best argument when it comes to the topic at hand, so I'll jump ship and take shelter in the island of:
YOU HAVE A CHOICE IN GTA!
Messing with people in GTA is just something you do when you first load the game up, or your brother in law is over at your house and bored. It's not the point of the game at all. As a matter of fact, you can get through the game pretty easily without doing that much harm to bystanders. You're gonna run over one or two getting away from the cops or chasing some objective, but you still can avoid it.
Also, just so we're clear, I'm not saying GTA is a paragon of creative ethics in the industry at all. Especially the last one which had you doing more questionable crap than any of the other installments.
What I am saying is it has a decidedly different tone than something like Hatred. Hatred is only about murder. You don't get a call from your cousin Roman and meet up for some bowling, it's murder. Murder all day, murder every day. And the stupid part is it's totally pointless murder. The people you kill don't know you, and you don't know them. Nothing has happened to this main character, he hasn't been wronged in any way. He just, apparently, woke up one day, put on his stupidest trench coat and decided to kill as many people as he can before he the cops do the only thing I'd actually like to do in this game, and kill this dude. Not even the most flimsy excuses are given. There's zero way to relate to him, you know nothing about him. The only way you can relate to the guy is the two things him and the people who wanna play this game have in common. They're nuts and wonder what it would be like to go on a rampage.
My biggest problem with this is, after the events of GamerGate ,( don't ask me what all that noise was about I'm still don't know what the crap was going on. ) the internet seems to be breaking it's arm jerking itself off to the fact that there's been actual discussions about weather this game deserves to be around or not, rather than mindless crap throwing and knee- jerk reactions.
What do I say to that?
KNEES JERK FOR A REASON AND SO DO I!!!!
This game is exactly the type of game that doesn't need to be made. All this does is act as a lightning rod for all the bat shits, legitimize claims that gamers are exactly who the press said they were back in the 90's , and scratches an itch for weirdos that, lets face it, prolly shouldn't be scratched.
If this game was called " Child Toucher Simulator 2015" and was a game about touching kids, this game would be destroyed and no one would think twice. See, that's good! That kinda knee-jerk reaction is exactly right in that situation. Hatred comes out and hides behind the shield of "creative freedom"and now it's time to sit around and marvel at what a bunch of adults we all are for not reacting too harshly to it's existence.
Uhh, no. We need to stomp this crap fire out.
Ok, truth time. I like video games. I like violent video games. Blood Borne is a game you LITERALLY get covered in the blood of your enemies from hacking them up to death. I effing love Blood Borne. Point being, we're at a good place with gaming right now. We've gone head to head with the Jack Thompsons of the world and essentially won. ( yeah I hear it's wicked hard to get some games in Australia but one country at a time, ok? )
In my opinion, the world has essentially told us, ok, you want your violent games, you got em. And we do. They are not policing us for the most part. We need to police ourselves.
The point I've been trying to make this whole time is :
WHY RISK ALL THAT FOR A CRAP GAME LIKE THIS?
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