Certain games are just bound to generate controversy. But we hadn't expected The Darkness II to top the list.
A reader has pointed us in the direction of a Switzerland source (not sure if the reader is Swiss), and it seems clear that the Swiss Police have a bone to pick with developer Digital Extremes. In the highly anticipated sequel, there are moments where police officers are killed, and the CPV (Swiss Christian Police Association) has taken offense. Here are a few excerpts:
"Politicians, game producers and sellers have been advised that such games be immediately removed from circulation."
"When police in England are the target of mobs running amok, it is important that police are not portrayed as the enemy."
But if you read the article, there are two sides to every issue, and an organization called Gamerights has said an outright ban would be too harsh. Here's part of their encouraging statement; this is from Gamerights co-founder Thomas Riediker:
"Unfortunately it is not new that certain scenes in video games are taken out of context and deliberately portrayed as the total goal of the game. Those against deliberately try to misinform, robbing games of their complexity and depth, portraying the most shocking and offensive view. Unfortunately that seems to be only partially effective."
Yeah, this is bound to make some headlines over there for a while. The question is whether or not the game will be pulled from store shelves…
Related Game(s): The Darkness II