Yesterday we reported
on FoxNews.com getting all up in Bulletstorm's grill for being an over-the-top, bloody, violent and swear-wordy game. They used what is called "yellow journalism"; a method to 'report' opinion using pure sensationalism, and with a quote like "The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games
", from 'expert' Carol Lieberman, they probably did a pretty good job of scaring the uninformed masses who flock around Fox News' warped sense of justice and reporting.
When you attack the games industry though, you're attacking a field of intelligent, on-the-pulse people, who are always more than ready to defend their industry.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun
looked further into this story; digging to see just how these 'experts' formed their opinions and also found a few experts whose thoughts on the "Bulletstorm expose" were (not so) oddly left out of yesterday's reported piece. One such person was Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global
, who responded to a list of questions Fox sent out in a blanket email to various people to help form their narrative. Below is an example of a question from FoxNews.com and Steinberg's response.
Fox: In Bulletstorm, you can shoot people in the privates, wrap them with a spiked chain and pull them in and kill them, and shoot people when drunk — all for extra points. There are also a lot of F-words. Do you think the game goes too far, why or why not?
Steinberg: No – because it’s an unapologetically and straightforwardly satirical game meant for discerning adults that’s written in the vernacular of the times and speaks in a cultural context that’s the same as that its target audience has long been indoctrinated in by mainstream media and pop culture. From Saw to South Park, look at what passes for modern entertainment at the movies or on basic cable, let alone on the Internet – this isn’t the first blockbuster (or big-budget game, for that matter) to aim below the belt or slather on the salty language. Yes, it’s shameless, but also knowingly so, because it actively aims to parody much of both the gaming field and larger cultural zeitgeist’s more asinine elements. The designers make no secret of their intentions, or to whom the title caters – The Oregon Trail, this isn’t. The giant M for Mature rating on the front of the box says it all: Only discerning adults need apply.
Be sure to check out the full article at Rock, Paper, Shotgun, it's a great read and shows how resourceful and informed our industry can actually be.