EA has been turning heads in the mainstream media lately; first came the freaked-out moms watching Dead Space 2 and now, FOX News has found Epic's Bulletstorm .
So take cover. An article at FOXNews.com has ignited controversy in the gaming world, and no wonder: the title alone – "Is Bulletstorm the Worst Video Game in the World?" – is enough to rile a few feathers with its presumptive language, but wait until you get to the text. The game in question is now well-known for its "Kill With Skill" mantra, and the article says such a theme links sex and violence because of the fact that we receive awards for suggestively named Skillshots. Examples would be Gag Reflex, Drilldo, Mile High Club, Gang Bang, Topless and Rear Entry, and the piece further cites two experts, who say the game is potentially harmful. Dr. Jerry Weichman, a psychologist at the Hoag Neurosciences Institute in Southern California, said:
"If a younger kid experiences Bulletstorm's explicit language and violence, the damage could be significant."
Carol Lieberman, psychologist and author, added that "increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games." Of course, instances of rape declined 40% in 2009, but…whatever. It's FOX. ESRB boss Hal Halpin defended the rating system and rightly so because…wait, let us check…oh yes, Bulletstorm is most certainly rated "M" for Mature. And the warning specifically mentions content that younger children shouldn't see.
It's why some movies are rated R. At some point, the entire world is somehow, some way, going to have to admit that all video games aren't for kids . Would any of this be an issue if the mainstream population could catch the fu** up? Where are all the articles complaining that torture porn flicks might be harmful to children…? Oh, they don't exist because it's too obvious, and it's why we have the MPAA. …got it. 'rolling eyes'
Related Game(s): Bulletstorm