The lights are on
Another violent game has found itself in the cross-hairs of news
media’s scrutiny. This time FoxNews is criticizing Epic Games/People Can
Fly’s blood symphony Bulletstorm. The game sports some of the foulest
language in video games, rewards players for shooting enemies in the
gonads, and contains blood-infused sexual innuendos. All this has
FoxNews hot, bothered, and talking with the experts about Bulletstorm’s
supposed dangers. Publisher Electronic Arts has officially responded to
the article, insisting this is fictitious sci-fi entertainment aimed
towards adults, not children.
Tammy Schachter, vice president of public relations for EA, issued the following response to us:
"As you know, Bulletstorm is a work of entertainment fiction that
takes place in the 26th century on the abandoned fictitious paradise
planet Stygia, where our heroes fight mutants, monsters, flesh-eating
plants and gigantic dinosaurs. Epic, People Can Fly and EA are
avid supporters of the ESA and believe in the Entertainment Software
Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system. We believe in and abide by the
policies put in place by the ESRB.
Bulletstorm is rated M for
Mature for blood and gore, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual
themes, strong language and use of alcohol. The game and its marketing
adhere to all guidelines set forth by the ESRB; both are designed for
people 17+. Never is the game marketed to children.
Can Fly and EA support the right of artists to create works of
entertainment fiction for consumers of all ages, including adults who
enjoy action adventures like Bulletstorm. Much like Tarantino's Kill
Bill or Rodriguez's Sin City, this game is an expression of creative
entertainment for adults."
Despite Bulletstorms bold “M for mature” (17+) rating, FoxNews insists
kids as young nine years old could be exposed to it. One doctor says
that the gore and cussing could “significantly damage” a young mind and
encourage violence during conflict.
Psychologist Carol Lieberman takes it a step further, insisting that
““The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing
out of [sexual] scenes in video games.” No research or statistics are
provided in support of this alleged correlation.
Another accusation tosses Bulletstorm in with other game’s marketing
campaigns which use controversial imagery like sexuality or
hyperviolence to hide the fact that their game really sucks. “Games
without sufficient quality of gameplay -- games that include highly
objectionable violent or sexual content -- often pump up the level of
this kind of content to gain media attention,” says Billy Pidgeon, games
analyst. Generally, it’s poor practice to imply that a game lacks fun
or innovative gameplay without having played it. However, Pidgeon is an
analyst and it’s his job to study trends, even if many gamers who’ve played the demo are very happy with the game.
Melanie Killen, A professor from the University of Maryland, even
insists that Bulletstorm’s marketing campaign is geared toward “children
and young adolescents.” Check out this age-gated, ESRB-stamped promotional video and judge for yourself whether it’s aimed at kids or not.
Finally, Hal Levy of National Youth Rights Association says the game
has been “praised for encouraging innovative thinking. Bulletstorm
involves developing new moves and dispatching of enemies creatively.
Plenty of emotionally unstable adults will play the game and they’ll be
For more on this sensationally violent game, check out Game Informer's Bulletstorm hub, our interview with producer Tanya Jessen, and this new batch of screens.
Email the author Tim Turi, or follow on Twitter, and Game Informer.
Parents. Nuff said
give me a break...
Wow. Those guys really suck. Screw them and their so-called attempt to "protect" young children from this game.
kids parents have to watch out for this. if your kid is in your living room shooting heads off things and you don't do anything about it's your fault. do research! learn what is bad and what's good. it's the parents fault not the gaming industry... but i do agree with what Billy Pidgeon when he says that games include hyperviolence to hide their lack of creativity. it is almost like using profanity when you have nothing good to say in an argument. over all some games need to step it up a notch with the creativity. i played the demo and it seems like the same thing over and over and over. wip them over with the blue thing... kick them... and then shoot them in the face. boring!
Hey, Dick-***! This game aint gonna pre-order itself! Hahahahaha!
I'm not a fan at all of FoxNews...I love EA's response...keep it up EA!
stupid conservatives. Its the parents responsibility and if they cant be responsible then they shouldnt be parents at all
I watch Fox News everyday but I think this is ridiculous. Takes me back to the day when Doom was released and that didn't look half as good as this game i.e. HD graphics. If the parents buy "M" rated games for their 9 year old kid then that's on them. My mom never bought me games like that til I was 17 by then I had a job and bought em on my own. Only one thing kills this argument: 1st Amendment
never listen to anything fox news says - NEVER
oh yeah just because this game has sex in it your kids will go out on a rape spree....gimme a break fox news...cuz there ALWAYS needs to be a way to blame the world's problems on video games. Well guess what world, were here and we're not going away anytime soon! Black ops is the #1 selling form of media EVER, and was it aimed towards kids? No. Just because these people are making violent videogames it doesn't mean that their 100% evil people that are out to eat your children. They make an honest living doing what they enjoy, which is what fox news does, except replace making games with being complete idiotic hypocrites. Good Day :)
this is mass effect all over again. I can see their concerns of children being exposed to something like this. again, it's ultimately the parent's responsibility. and the xbox 360 has a parental code feature that can be put to good use for situations like this. i swear, fox does this crap to cite anger and nothing more. how kids are influenced goes a little deeper than just what they play or watch on tv. narrow minded people. major umbrage.
Well this is just stupid.
The only reason this comes up is because video games are still viewed as kids entertainment. I had to tell a Walmart employee not to sell a game to a kid recently and got in trouble! This kids wanted to get Splatterhouse and he was about 10... not a game for him! I took time and told him about great games to play based on reviews and his likes on the game... he got pissed and reported me... the manager didn't do anything to me cause he knew his employee shouldn't have tried selling it in the first place... sad...
I would love to rant but we are talking about Fox news... lol that alone is good for a laugh. :)
I agree that fox has no say on whats good and whats not, and even if this game is the dirtiest game the world has ever seen, I do NOT want anyone saying what people can and can't make.
That being said, I also think it would be naive to say that no babies, young children, or young teens will see this game. And it probably won't have a good effect on them, I have a cousin who is now 14, and since he was around 7 he has looked at/seen playboys (from his dad) and now he is obsessed with porn, and woman and does not talk about them respectively.
So all of that to say....
IT'S UP TO THE PARENTS, NOT THE GOVERNMENT!!
after FoxNews Mass Effect coverage I went out and boughme a Sexbox best 300 buck I ever used.
well i just kind of hate media for this as they want to brainwash us and blame everything for all the bad in this world .. but let me tell you something
is not games who kill people, is people who kill people
is not games who rape people, is people who rape people
there.. i think i made my point :D f*** the media