Sunday, 17 October 2010


This is probably going to be a long one, so BUCKLE UP KIND SIRS!

Above picture isn’t really related, but i thought it was adorable.

Controversy is something that tends to catch up with any medium, whether it be art, literature, films, or in this case, video games. As it happens, it’s very much video games time in the limelight, such recent examples include mass effect being branded a “porn simulator”(Linkidy, the hot coffee mod for GTA and the slightly more obscure, but still excellent example, six days in Fallujah. Lets start with Mass Effect. If you haven’t played it, Mass Effect is a sci-fi RPG/TPS from Bioware, and since it’s released it’s received pretty damn good reviews, with the sequel gaining even more prestige. The game prides itself on the players actions really making a difference in the world that they play in. For example, at the end of a mission you might have the option of saving the residential section of a space colony, but making that planet uninhabitable, or saving the industrial sector, leaving everyone in the residential section to die, but allowing for the planet to still be inhabited. Say we choose option A, and save everyone. You’re the good right? Wrong. Turns out that the planet you just made uninhabitable was going to be the centre of the universes first collective peace settlement, and since that planet just got assimilated, some of the races looking the sign the treaty aren’t so down with it now. Congratulation, you’ve just prevented galactic peace. Admittedly, your actions don’t always go that deep, but you get the general idea, what decisions you make in the game matter, and you have to play with them. That being said, it’s possible to develop relationships with the crew of your ship along your adventures, and if you play your cards right, you can find yourself a romantic interest. Now, near the end of the game, if you’ve been developing this interest, you and whoever you’ve decided to get your freak on with, will get intimate, prompting a brief, maybe 20-25 second sex scene, in which no nudity is shown. If you don’t mind, go up and watch that interview with fox news i linked somewhere back up there. Think anyone from Fox has actually played the game? If you said yes, slap yourself a little. The amount that the media just outright lies about our medium is a little more than disgraceful, and it’s a little more than infuriating. Geoff does a good job of defending the game, and does actually know what he’s talking about, which we rarely get when we get crucified to the press, but sadly some people still believe the critics on this kind of subject. Just look at the critics at the end of that video. Does it even look like any of them got past the first stage of Donkey Kong. Especially that guy in the glasses, i want to use my biotics on him IF YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYIN!? Right enough ranting on that, onto the next part. Surprisingly enough, i agree with the media about the hot coffee mod to an extent. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say GTA has never been a kids game, and never will be, and the hot coffee mod is complete proof of that. But then the media tried to blame the fact that kids were seeing this on the gaming industry…when GTA has an 18 label…and shouldn’t be sold to anyone younger than that….because that’s not retails fault at all, and it’s not like the original creators intended this, it’s a mod for Christs sake, the game was hacked and changed. I’ve heard a few people say “While why not just make games unhackable?”. If you’re one of these people, you’re stupid for a set of reasons. One, they can’t make the pentagon unhackable, yet you expect them to make a teeny tiny disk completely hack proof, two, this would add, literally, months to the development process, delaying games we really want to see even further, and stretching production costs even more. And finally, ever heard a little thing called Counter-Strike? How about Dota? You have? Super! Considering the fact that these two mods have created a massive community by themselves proves that we can’t just stop modding games. Both mods have literally millions and millions of followers, and are being constantly updated by the community. You can’t take that away from people, ever, especially not a community that spends half its times breaking games for that one great idea they had that could make it so much better. And finally onto my last topic. Now, if you don’t know about 6 days in Fallujah, I’m just going to ask you to follow this linky right huur ( ) and ask you to watch from 1:20 to 3:03 for what exactly the game is about and what happened surrounding it, since this guy explains it far better than i ever could. If you want to see Fox doing their douche bag thing again, keep watching till about 4:30. What always confused me about this game is how this is controversial, but every Call of Duty, Medal of Honour and clones of such isn’t. I mean Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most popular games pretty much ever at the moment, and yet the majority of it’s predecessors are based on real wars, with real fights, with far more people dying than in Fallujah. Alongside that, the actual soldier that were THERE, at the battle, seeing the fighting, seeing the killing, wanted this game to be made, because they wanted people to see what it was like out there. This game was never designed to be a “murder simulator” or to “dishonor the memories of the fallen” or whatever BS the media slapped on it at the time. This was supposed to be a collective documentary of what happened in those 6 day, an education from the men that fought there, and yet still the project was closed down due to the media. This is why i have no faith in our public anymore, because they look at something like this and say “That’s a porn simulator” when it’s not, or saying “the gaming companies are destroying our children’s lives” when really they just don’t know how to stop their kids buying 18 games when they’re 14. Or finally, when the public says a game is “dishonoring the dead” when it’s trying to do exactly the opposite.

Thank you and goodnight.

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