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.
When are people with all these degree's going to finally realize games do not create violent individuals anymore than watching a boxing match would?
It takes a mind already leaning towards violence as a solution to accept the methods of violence presented in video games as an acceptable form of retailiation against whatever object is the target of thier anger.
Like this article mentions the movie "Kill Bill" by Quinten Tarantino. Arguably one of the most violent movies in years, yet you don't see these critics and supposed "experts" slamming the movie for a rise in katana wielding criminals. Which btw there were several cases where police were called to deal with an individual brandishing a katana in public, or a criminal act.
Lets go back to Columbine where two already mentalliy ill teenagers who suffered the social stigmas asociated with high school and were unable to adapt to them in a healthy manner. They snapped and shot up thier entire school. They retaliated against those who they felt hurt them. Not becuase the uber-violent totally awesome FPS made them violent. It happens everyday in America, the kids that get bullied eventually lash out and retaliate though not often in such spectacular fashion. So at the end who's really at fualt the kids playing violent games or the society that allows the unpopluar, not as pretty, poor to suffer abuse at the hands of those who are arguably better off?
Lets look at THAT the next time we want to blame video games for violent behavior. lets look at the surrounding conditions and analyze the situation that actually cuased the violent outburst in the first place.
The increase of rapes can be linked to sexual scenes in video games?? Seriously?? I'm tired of people always trying to blame games for things they can't control.
A man can kill 5 people and go to jail for life, but if they found out that he'd recently finished the GTA IV campaign, they'd probably sue Rockstar saying that he was "programmed" to go on a kill streak.
And on the topic of the 9 year old may be damaged from playing games like BulletStorm, blame the parent that bought the game for them or didn't set up their parental controls.
Sigh the only real reason Fox News attacks the game is cuz it causes a stir and makes people angery thus they get more veiwers. I bet they want people to be mad at them just so people can watch and log on there website and boost veiwers and such. Its a commen trick that Politions use to get votes and news networks use to gain veiwers.
***...I go to UMD
anyone who watches faox news or its affiliate channels is a idiot, palin style....
I dont care what these idiots say. This game is great and im gonna get it.
Well if they showed commercials ir you play for bulletstorm late at night or during the day when they are at school. GI is completely biased. I understand where fox is coming from. Keep in mind they are informing parents about bulletstorm so they won't buy it for said 9 year old
i saw the screen shots and it indicates that their is no blood in this game its just paint and ketchup. :P
It's a game. Of course if the parents don't regulate what their children play then some 9 yr old will get ahold of it. That is why the ESRB has ratings. So you know what you are buying. Thats why the game has an M rating for adults.
Hey, I am really tired of these people. Please do a favor for me GI, start Quotationing experts because these "experts" don't have a clue what they are talking about.
I have been playing video games since I was 4 years old, video games are part of me. These "experts" think it is alright to put me in the same category as those sadistic disgusting psychotic people. That is disrespectful and naive of them.
Google positive effects of video games then google negative effects of video games. There are many positive effects talked about by creditable sources, no negative effects by creditable sources. Opinions that are not fact based should ruin these "experts" careers. Their opinions mean ***, science has proved them wrong.
I dont see why fox news needs to say anything about it anyway
Leave it to Fox News to profess the most ridiculously smelly and peanut-ridden diarrhea ever to have been spewn forth from the mouthes of a collection of closed-minded, disillusioned, miserable old bastards to ever walk the earth. The Response issued by EA deserves two thumbs up and should have been legally required to be accompanied by a cockslap to all of the members at that pathetic excuse for a news organization. Fox news sucks and it's a wonder that network is still in business. If people like them had their way there would be no such thing as creative expression. Bravo to EA for standing up for all of those who love games, and love to make games and showing them what's what.
And that "Psychologist" they got? Where the hell did they find this "Expert"? She probably got her degree out of a *** crackerjack box because to argue that the playing out of sexual themes in video games will result in an increase in rapes is the most idiotic thing I've ever heard. Oh, so wait, what you're saying is that its unacceptable to have any sort of "mature" themes in video games, despite the fact that there is a rating system set in place FOR A REASON, but it's okay that every other commercial on tv has underlying sexual inuendos and if its not a KY jelly commercial about making my little oooo into a BIG OOOO, then its a creepy old guy with shiny gloves advertising condoms in between my favorite episodes of spongebob squarepants; come on people what is this world coming to?