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.
This is complete and utter bull-***! The way the media portrays Video Games is disgusting. Kids can't go into a store and buy a video game. When I bought Halo: Reach, I was asked if my parents were there. Their opinion is extremely biased.
So by news media scrutiny you mean Fox news. Fox news, oh how silly you are.
Lol! Fox News, do you really want to start another gaming fiasco after what happened with Mass Effect?
they should sue for slander. this is blatantly incorrect, and they have nothing to back up their vicious allegations. Fox should be ashamed of itself. emphasis on should, as this kind of sensationalism is common practice for them
FOX News is an organization full of narrow-minded halfwits.
I can't take Faux News video game reporting seriously after their super botched reporting on the original Mass Effect's love scenes.
it is the parents fault luckily my parents protected me! my first T game was Star Fox Adventures and my first M was Call Of Duty!
EPIC and EA should THANK FOX NEWS. its always GREAT to get GREE EXPOSURE. The more they say "BAD BAD BAD' and the more parents that avoid it will INCREASE SALES! Dont believe me? See YOURMOMHATESTHIS.COM and watch how DEADSPACE used this to their advantage
EPIC and EA should THANK FOX NEWS. its always GREAT to get FREE EXPOSURE. The more they say "BAD BAD BAD' and the more parents that avoid it will INCREASE SALES! Dont believe me? See YOURMOMHATESTHIS.COM and watch how DEADSPACE used this to their advantage
If parents allow their childern to play games intended for Mature audiences then it is not the games fault. Also, parents should discuss with their kids that video games are not real life.
Haha. There is no such thing as bad publicity. The only thing FOX news is doing here is giving the game some free press and making us more interested in it. Silly Fox news.
"No research or statistics are provided in support of this alleged correlation." ....pretty much says it all
Once again, video games come under attack from people who can't attribute people to people's problems.
Exactly WHO at Fox News is responsible for making the remarks? To say "Fox News" is too broad, any one pinhead can say anything... I'd like to know who exactly is responsible for the statement, rather than blaming the News company as a whole.
And, Videgames aren't some third-rate citizen. We are at the frontlines of technology and make other forms of technology possible. All politicians: Democrats, Republicans, and any other parties, need to LAY OFF VIDEOGAMES (or give up their smart-phones, computers, HDTVs, bluetooth technologies, GPSs, and all other tech that videogame innovations helped pioneer).
Oh, yea, and ban all violent movies and suggestive TV shows. Skins, Jersey Shore--go after these guys if you want to prevent America's youth from become brain-washed morons.
While we're at it, we better take porn off the internet, because I know I can find a video of a Polish blond girl and an Irish Wolfhound in seconds, while purchasing Bulletstorm involves a thirty-minute drive and an ID check.
I guess the Gangsta Rap was not violent enough for the tools with nothing to report on anymore, so it was video game time.
Last week when the story of the colbert report was on here I was relieved, and hoped that maybe the stigmas of being a gamer was beginning to be a thing of the past. But here we go again... according to the media games are responsible for airport bombings, shootings in schools, and now rape?! this is sad
99% of the time I support FOX News but, this really comes down to Parenting. I'm actually suprised FOX is taking this stance. If you don't want your kid to be exposed to this then, do your job as a parent, and keep it from them. There are many things out there not intended for adults. Should adults be deprived of them because they MIGHT end up in the hands of children? No.
I'm so sick, and tired of the government parenting today's children.
The Dr.'s line about increased rapes due to people acting out video game scenes is really out of bounds.
Lol. Yeah, fox news discussing things they know nothing about...how is this surprising? I've played the demo, this game is really pretty entertaining. No ones covering bad game play,and they're for sure not aiming this at kids!
Oh fox news...will you ever get your facts straight?
Really entertaining read. Wish they could view these kinds of things objectively.