Members of the media often attack video games for being racist, sexist, mean-spirited, callous, unpleasant, insensitive, or just generally nasty. As a developer, I find most of these claims not only a touch insulting but also extremely tenuous, and in the majority of cases unfounded.
More than a few titles in recent memory have drawn rather incensed reactions from critics over plotlines, characters, jokes, or even gameplay characteristics they deemed inappropriate. Names like Hillary Clinton, Jack Thompson, and Dr. Phil top the list of knee-jerk reactionaries on the subject of tastelessness in video games. Pundits generally set their sights on the two big evils: sex and violence.