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Videogames: Time to Tackle the Taboo

As video games become a more intrinsic part of our culture, Kirk McKeand hopes that the industry will be allowed to explore more controversial subjects, but that creators need to learn from their mistakes.

Far Cry 4 - an unreleased game with few concrete details - recently faced vitriol because of perceived racism on the box art. It has since been revealed that the protagonist is an Indian man, which is, depressingly, quite progressive for video games.

For all we know, race could be at the core of the narrative - it could be a critical look at racism, something important even.The early criticism could create an environment that stifles growth by making publishers and developers risk averse. Think of some of the most powerful films you’ve seen, or books you’ve read and it’s likely they’ll cover the controversial.

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MonstaTruk1563d ago

You know what I did, today? I was bored, so I started playing some of my old PS1 & PS2 games. Good grief. It was CLEARLY a simpler time in gaming. Why? Were there no major issues in society? Yeah, of course there were. But games were NOT considered the same as movies, music, television...it was a person's fantasy world AWAY from the BS of mainstream society. So I'll say it like this: leave the homosexual agendas, the ethnic inuendos, and the political Jedi mind tricks OUT of my games, please. Thank you...

Joe_Thorntons_Beard1563d ago

Back in my day we had to walk 7 miles in the snow just to LOOK at video game tapes.

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ibrake4naps1563d ago

Games are becoming more realistic, but they feel they have to shy away from realistic topics of the day. Games are more for adults as they ever were. I say they should tackle whatever topics and themes that fit the creator's visions.

cannon88001563d ago

Developers need to hit the "sweet Spot" in their games, that way they can sell as much as possible because they know that it doesn't touch those topics that are problematic nowadays. If they want to please a group of people and then piss the other off because they don't support what they did, they lose a lot of potential profit. Saying that developers can do whatever they want is kind of dangerous.

MonstaTruk1563d ago

"Developers need to hit the sweet spot"

They don't HAVE to hit sh*t. It's their creative vision for a fantasy video game, let them make their game with their vision, please?!

"Sweet spot"...pfft.

cannon88001563d ago (Edited 1563d ago )

@Monsta Truk

"You know what I did, today? I was bored, so I started playing some of my old PS1 & PS2 games. Good grief. It was CLEARLY a simpler time in gaming. Why? Were there no major issues in society? Yeah, of course there were. But games were NOT considered the same as movies, music, television...it was a person's fantasy world AWAY from the BS of mainstream society. So I'll say it like this: leave the homosexual agendas, the ethnic inuendos, and the political Jedi mind tricks OUT..."

After reading your previous posts. I think you're a hypocrite. Or perhaps you just didn't use your brain before you wrote your reply to my comment. And it also seems that you easily lose your patience.

Edit. Hmmm, I find this part interesting.
"leave the homosexual agendas, the ethnic inuendos, and the political Jedi mind tricks OUT..." So technically you are agreeing with me but you just don't know it yet. This is what I meant by saying "Hitting the sweet spot"

King_of_Nothing1563d ago

*yawn* Another social justice warrior article? So which is this one harping on about? Women or racism?

kirkules1563d ago

I'll let you in on a little secret: if you read the article, instead of jumping to conclusions, people might take you more seriously. This article is about how games should embrace social issues.

King_of_Nothing1556d ago

Heres a little secret for you too mate, I couldnt care less if people on the internet take me seriously, especially when that wasnt my goal in the first place.