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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.
I love no one at Fox News wants to blame the parents, who are the reason most kids end up with the game and not because the kid acquired it at the retail level.
#1 I watch NBC news #2 I didn't download the demo because I know it is for adults and PSN would email my mom.
Why do most game accusations come from Fox? Politically correct a**holes.
What I find funny is video games always get the focus on "whats bad for kids". I can turn on cinemax/HBO/Showtime and find things just as bad if not worse then Bulletstorm.
Also if parents are overly concerned about their kids borrowing it from a friend or whatever they DO make parental controls that can be set up. But I guess parents are to busy complaining about games meant for an older audience to actually take an interest in that sort of stuff.
I wonder, do they ever watch their own tv shows and movies? It's easier to point fingers tho'
The only praise I can give Fox for this is at least they quoted people from both sides of the issue. Although they did spend more time with people against the game. And I also noticed that no sources were given for the claims of the dangers of video games.
They keep on saying that 9 yr olds play these games. Well I'm sure that's true, adults are buying these games. Everytime I've seen a kid getting his hands on a Mature game, a parent is handing it to them. The simple fact is you can't do anything about that. Outside of porn, you can't stop a parent (or guardian) from exposing a minor to entertainment ment for 17+ adults.
These people always blame the game rating system and store clerks for kids playing these games. Show me a movie that has the rating on the front (only "unrated" movie have it on the front). Or, for that matter, a large, easy to read description on the back, it's alway tiny, hard to read writing. As far as the clerks. I get carded more for video games then I do for movies.
The sad fact is, these people who are against video games don't fight with logic and don't care about the facts. But that's the world we live in.
Oh yea, bullet storm is making people to rape more! *** Yea.
"Despite Bulletstorm's bold 'M for mature' rating, FoxNews insists kids as young as nine years old could be exposed to it."
....I'm not even going to get started on this one....
quit blaming videogames!..i swear if retards such as fox news takes away my video games there will be hell to pay
Why does FOX news deem it necessary to be the douchiest news scourge on the planet?
i believe in the free right to play whatever video game i desire to. Just like religion and speech, we have the free right to play all video games we want to. The ultimate decision on what the parents let their children play is rested on their (the parents) shoulders. Mine aren't hardcore like parents who like check the esrb descriptors on the back of the game box. (They really wouldn't care unless it was a kinect xxx game lol they just announced one). Anyways, fox news opinions aren't really that impacting. i mean, most of fox aren't gamers. Thats why (GAME) websites have better reviews and reviewers.
Instead of worrying about things that you know nothing about, report on something worthwhile that has proof to support your claims.
GOD! People and there ignorance are really starting to piss me off, and I think that they are purposefully trying to remain ignorant as well.
You'd think they'd learn after the retarded slam on Mass Effect.
Fox news is so full of it.