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Submitted by MacDonagh 978d ago | opinion piece

The Importance of Protecting Freedom of Speech and Expression in Video Games.

The freedom to speak your mind and express yourself is something that a lot of people take for granted, presumably due to living in the west where we can say what we will without fear of retaliations to our well-being but there have been instances where freedom of speech hasn’t been enough to defend against the eternally upset, the entitled beggars, the forever offended. (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Culture, Industry, PS3, Resistance: Fall of Man, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Wii, Xbox 360)

lilbroRx  +   978d ago
It disgusts me when people "misuse" freedom of speech and creativity.

Too many people use it as a hot phrase without truly understanding the purpose and meaning behind it. The only times I see it pop up now are when people want to defend something derogatory or insulting that they find entertaining, which "IS NOT" what it was made for.

I'll probably draw much flak for this, but I must say it.

Freedom of speech and creativity is about "protecting" the differences in people and culture from legal prosecution. Beyond legality, the phrase carries no weight. An insult is still an insult, and just because it is not punishable by law, that doesn't make it right. I'm not saying this is an insult because I don't care about it, but there are those who very well may.

It was not intended for people to abuse and/or misrepresent others even though it allows it. I may not care if someone curses out the name of my religion, but if the person next to me is likely to kill someone because of its done to them, then I'm not going to be an egomaniacal deuce and insult it anyway then claim its not my fault that a bunch of people just go beheaded, because I have freedom of speech. FOS just means its legal, not okay.

What the Tekken producer's are doing is respecting a different culture "within reason", not bowing down to them. Sure, they can leave it there. Sure, its not that big of a deal to me or you, so who cares? Tell me, is the potential ill this may bring worth it to you? Would you even care if it were there or not if it wasn't for the drama people are making about issue? Is having it there going to enhance your experience with the game so much that you won't have as much fun without it?
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MacDonagh  +   978d ago
"It disgusts me when people "misuse" freedom of speech and creativity."

Oh boy, here we go.

"Too many people use it as a hot phrase without truly understanding the purpose and meaning behind it. The only times I see it pop up now are when people want to defend something derogatory or insulting that they find entertaining, which "IS NOT" what it was made for."

I am defending them because they've done nothing offensive. No outcry over the jingoistic COD franchise that celebrates war, yet a picture frame in a toilet from a three year old game is enough to get offended? That's precious.

"Freedom of speech and creativity is about "protecting" the differences in people and culture from legal prosecution."

Freedom of speech and expression are rights to the individual according to the UN and I quote article 19:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

http://www.un.org/en/docume...

Ideas through any media, regardless of frontiers.

"An insult is still an insult, and just because it is not punishable by law, that doesn't make it right. I'm not saying this is an insult because I don't care about it, but there are those who very well may."

You should speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.

"FOS just means its legal, not okay."

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. - Rosa Luxemburg

"Would you even care if it were there or not if it wasn't for the drama people are making about issue?"

I think I know what you're asking. If it's set in Saudi Arabia, and there is no clear reference to Islam in a predominately Muslim country, then it's not Saudi Arabia. It's a sanitized politically correct version for people who got too sensitive over a Arabic calligraphy typo.

"Is having it there going to enhance your experience with the game so much that you won't have as much fun without it?"

It's not about fun. It's about a group of peoples' right to freely express themselves, regardless or not if it was a mistake. Art is anything you can get away with right?
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morkendo23  +   978d ago
someone should teach STAGE88 this thing call FREEDOM OF SPEECH dang nutcase.

The freedom to speak your mind and express yourself

learn this stage88 dont matter if it sound intelligent or dumb its still freedom of speech. not everyone will agree.
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