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Is a Game Bad Because It Is Offensive?

Josh Hinke:"At some point, the phrase politically correct became a negative term. It was used to define people, phrases, or ideas that were scared of shaking things up so they played it safe. People have started to wear their political incorrectness like a badge of honor. Numerous times I have had someone say to me, “I hope you’re not easily offended,” as if their preface makes their ignorance defensible. These modern day excuses reek of laziness, as if someone is saying, “I’m not going to be bothered to learn about the sensitivities to other races and cultures, because there’s too much TV to watch.”

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ShugaCane1568d ago (Edited 1568d ago )

The answer is no, obviously. Good article, well written, blah blah, whatever..

However

"Grand Theft Auto does not encourage unnecessary murder and crime, outside of missions you can play as an everyday citizen and keep your criminal life strictly professional."

Even though I see your point (and agree with it), that was hilarious. I mean, honestly, who plays as a regular citizen in GTA games? lol

IanVanCheese1568d ago

I've challenged myself to drive 'legally' before, god it was boring.

GamingAngelGabriel1568d ago

I saw someone point out that it's because the cars are always accelerating. It gets too tough to drive legally. Or not shoot everyone on the sidewalk.

cleft51568d ago (Edited 1568d ago )

In all seriousness, I have been thinking about this issue before and the whole thing strikes me as ridiculous. Think about this, the things that we do in video games is actually really shocking when you think about them.

We go around killing innocent people and cops in GTA4 and it is so much fun. We go around beating the crap out of people in fighting games, we cast magic spells that burn characters to ash, we slay demons and resurrect devils.

I could go on forever, but the point being that the things we do in games isn't really any true representation of what we would do or say in the real world. So why should character design, female or male, be any different? It's almost like people are thinking that if a game has sexist material in it then that is going to make the people who play it be more prone to being sexist. That is just stupid when you think about. I kill thousands of people in Saints Row 3, but I would never harm a person in real life. In fact, if I saw someone in fear for their life I would do my best to help them.

This whole thing regarding sexism and objectification has turned into a witch hunt and become less about eliminating actual sexism and more about persecuting people for saying stupid stuff (not to be confusing with making violent threats towards people) or showing gaudy images (not to be confused with images that carry historical meanings to them). In the end, this will harm feminism a lot more than it will help the cause and that is the true tragedy.

3-4-51568d ago

Games don't encourage people, their peers do.

Somebody is more likely to be violent while drinking at a party than via playing a video game.

Avernus1568d ago

boobs offend people now? damn... i don't want to live in this world anymore

Otoshigamisama1568d ago

Man I know what you feel and it is getting RIDICULOUS SMH.

sonic9891568d ago

who gets offended by this beautiful ART ( literally )
its not like i get offended because dante ( old ) looks good or anything
i just dont care to be honest
btw boobies FTW very nice picture

DoublePlusGoodGames1568d ago (Edited 1568d ago )

This article captured pretty much everything I had to think about the art in Dragon's Crown: http://art-eater.com/2013/0...

Additionally, the grandstanding and personal-platforms people are building over this game is absolutely shameful. The article above shows how Dragon's Crown reference material is based in classical and renaissance art. Having graduated with a degree in animation, I can honestly attest that any Art History 101 student would be able to tell you of the artist, influence and place in history.

When it comes to video games though, I would say that it is not the games that are offensive as much as it is the traditional gaming media's lack of education and inability to understand context before barfing up opinions on subjects that escape their narrow-minded, personally-motivated focus.

The art of Dragon's Crown is pearls before swine.

P_Bomb1568d ago

That's a great link! My anticipation for the game just went up.

Well said too. Man, I'm old enough to remember when Tyris Flare and Mortal Kombat blood were scandalous. Seems the more things change the more they stay the same. Props to George Kamitani for staying true.

DoublePlusGoodGames1568d ago

Wow, you and I are equal and our dinosaur-ocity with references to MK controversy.

I'm going to keep touting this game as one of the best examples of why gaming is a superlative pastime and why (if games like these still exist) I'll still be gaming when I'm 80 years old.

robotgargoyle1568d ago

The game isn't "Custer's Revenge". It's intentions are not to be offensive. One person will praise it as art, one will charrge it as being "offensive". What is the line? Are we becoming a society of drones because we scared to express emotions or feelings at the expense of the random overly sensitive person.

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