Hatred has been riding a wave of pre-release criticism due its depiction of a misanthropic anti-hero gunning down a stream of civilians just because he can. Polish Game studio, Descructive Creations, has also released comments cannily protesting outrage at peoples’ reactions to fan the flames of their pre-release hype and publicity.
This week, after being posted briefly on Steam Greenlight, Valve had announced that Hatred would no longer be available on that service only to have Gabe Newell reverse it stating that ‘it wasn’t a good decision’. Was this actually censorship or a just mater of taste? And did it really matter anyway?
This issue has been front and center in gaming with Target recently announcing the removal of GTA V from its shelves after a petition over its portrayal of violence against women. Australia was also very slow in bringing an R-rating to games, which had resulted in mainstream titles like Left 4 Dead 2 and Fallout 3 being either banned or released in an edited version.
At the end of the day, Hatred will be finished, released and played in some format. In fact, by writing and talking about it we are helping to promote and encourage people to play it. Whether you do or not is up to do.
The best thing about all of this is it gives us another opportunity to talk about gaming today with somebody.
So what do you think?