The generational divide is often bigger than we think. Desensitization – for better or for worse – has been in full effect for decades, and that much is evident in this gutsy viral campaign for Dead Space 2 .
We all know that Visceral's latest will be one of the most graphic, intense, gory, and explicit games of the generation. We also know the majority of those over a certain age seem to disapprove of video games or, at the very least, are ignorant of that form of entertainment. We may have even thought about how our mothers (or grandmothers) would respond to something like Dead Space 2 … Well, if you were wondering, the reactions are right here.
You can see full individual mother reactions linked at Kotaku and as you can see, they're pretty well convinced we're all going to go on murdering sprees tomorrow. But remember, while we may scoff, we do have to appreciate that aforementioned generational divide, and realize they've never been exposed to anything like this…it'd be hard for anyone to digest.
The debate could rage forever: is this really a harmless form of entertainment? It certainly has an "M" rating for a reason, as it has been proven countless times that exposure to such content at a young age will generate more aggressive, deviant behavior in someone still developing, but there hasn't been much proof to support any effect on mature, stable adults. The other question is, was this a good move on EA's part? Well, maybe.
Related Game(s): Dead Space 2