Is Hatred Glorifying Mass Murder?
A lot can be said about the newly released trailer for Hatred. I’m just going out on a limb here and saying that this is by far the worst idea ever for a game, period. There is no way that I would ever support Destructive Creations, nor applaud them for even taking a chance on developing a game like this. The in-game footage featured in the trailer contains some of the most brutal kills I’ve seen in a long time. I can’t even find a game to compare it to because there aren’t any.
The one question that comes to mind after seeing this trailer is, ‘why’? Why would a game like Hatred even be made, during a time when the 2nd amendment has been a hot button issue with the amount of gun sprees that have occurred in the last year? I won’t delve too much further here, because this post is not about politics, it is about a game that features a character who goes around killing innocent people because he hates humanity. Some might compare this to a mission in Modern Warfare 2, where you kill innocent people in an airport, but it’s not the same. I argue this because in Modern Warfare 2, you have to stop terrorist. Terrorists believe, in their mind, that they are doing the right thing. They feel they are ridding the world of people that don’t deserve to be here. They are driven by religious beliefs; that their way of life trumps anyone else’s idea of how a life is lived.
There has been some speculation that violence in video games leads to violence in real life. There may not be much truth there is that statement, and personally speaking, I have never wanted to commit an act of violence after playing Mortal Kombat. APA.org has a two-part article that touches on media violence and video game violence. The article mentions that playing violent video games leads to aggression, it never states that an actual act of violence was committed. Other things to consider are outside factors like home life and mental stability.
The name James Holmes might sound familiar and if it doesn’t, it’s because you may know him as the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ shooter. The media went into a frenzy in 2012, claiming that Holmes was paying homage to The Joker following the grisly shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Maybe there was a little more to him, maybe he had some sort of chemical in balance that lead him to do this. His lawyers will obviously plea insanity, which because of his mental health issue, implies there is no way that he was aware of what he was doing.
“Holmes was a doctoral student in the neuroscience program at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado, Denver, in Aurora, until he withdrew a month before being arrested outside the bullet-riddled movie theater. He had been a patient of a University of Colorado psychiatrist, according to a court document filed by his lawyers.” – Casey Wian, Jim Spellman and Michael Pearson CNN.com
When Columbine happened, Marilyn Manson was blamed for it because his music was seen as violent and destructive. There was also some blame put on The Matrix because Neo sported a serious trench coat and shot Agent Smith a lot. The two boys had planned to bomb the school, but decided on a mass shooting instead. It’s still not known if there were any mental health issues or what the real cause was, but this is why Hatred almost glorifies what our country has gone through one too many times.
“The question you may ask is: why do they do this? These days, when a lot of games are heading to be polite, colorful, politically correct and trying to be some kind of higher art, rather than just an entertainment – we wanted to create something against trends. Something different, something that could give the player a pure, gaming pleasure.” – Destructive Creations
Destructive Creations, no one wants to know why you would do this. Simply, don’t do this. Hatred is a bad idea, a very bad idea. There is no satisfaction gained by anyone playing this game. Your hearts might be in the right place, but go back to drawing the board and come up with a better game that sets you apart from the rest. It’s one thing to push the envelope, but it’s poor taste to use mass murder as the premise of a game. You can watch the trailer or go to hatred.com to get more info on Destructive Creations and the game itself.
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