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.
i watch Fox News and i gotta say its less of the News station as it is their guests but in general the Media really does tend to bash video games but atleast they arent Jack Thompson
For a gmae not even out yet, Fox News likes to believe they have a pretty good handle on it. I believe that there is no part of this game or its advertising that is aimed at children.
I don't care what FoxNews says about this.....I will own this.
My Serious-side says: This game isn't for kids, so don't buy it for your kids, but I know some parents will buy it for their kids, so the message needs to be directed toward parents. I'm pretty sure Epic Games will put a hilarious "The last gift you should purchase for a young child" caption...
Duke Nukem says: Wait till they get a load of me...Ima deliver a ass whoopin to the aliens that can't be censored.
Stupid Fox News.
This is ludicrous; and I refuse to argue it beyond that, because I've done that far too many times.
It's the parents' job to know what their children are playing.
They have the ESRB. Its rated M so people should leave it alone. Kide can watch R or even X but they dont go after comcast.
who wouldnt expect this? its fox news.
Oh Fox News.... Made by stupid c*nts, for stupid c*nts
Of course. Well its Fox news what do you expect?
Fox News is to actual news as the Cleveland Cavaliers are to basketball. Irrelevant and utterly useless.
Sadly I believe there will be 9 year olds who are subjected to this game, which clearly isn't supposed to put on display for them. However, people seem to imply that preventing a child from obtaining this kind of content is a herculean task. It's not. Just put forth the slightest bit of effort and voila! The kid doesn't see anything. Systems, have content locks, parents (supposedly) have common sense. There are a thousand ways to stop a child from being exposed to this kind of game. Also, that so called "psychologist" Carol, Lieberman, needs to shut the hell up. Without backing up your statements, especially one as inflammatory as hers, without proof or studies your words are nothing but hollow. Destructive, but hollow. As someone with a psychology degree I find her abuse of her position as a psychologist to further an agenda or opinion disgraceful.
Fox News...again? Smh.
Bulletstorm is not a great game, and that's the only thing for which it should be criticized. The media will ALWAYS attack video games and that's just the way it is. Anything that will make news or get people riled up.
Faux News has no right to talk considering how they intentionally incite lunatics with their words.
*** THOSE PHONY DOCTORS!
this is the second time ive heard of some ignorant moron attributing increases in sexual crime instances to video games. yea, marios really causing all the 8 year olds to go out and commit rape. and those pokemon are really pimpin, huh. any games with sexual content are almost assuredly rated M, and arent even sold to minors under 17 at any of the major retailers, so if such a game was getting to younger children, it would be completely on the heads of the parents who purchase the game, not the developer or publisher. linking an increased crime rate to video games is just an excuse for people who have never played a video game in their lives, and is no more valid than saying movies and tv are the prolblem. it all falls on parents who are to lazy to take care of their kids, or just dont care.
Ok I have always liked FOX news because its not a bunch of liberal yahoos but this is just sad. ESRB dose a *** good job of informing parents who have enough brains to look at the rating.