Yesterday, Fox News released a news statement, blaming most video games of that their sexual content is the cause of the increase in rapes and why kids become thugs in their future. The writer of the article, Carol Lieberman, said “The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games.”
Of course, thousands of gamers were outraged by this claim, including myself, when I believe that there are more explicit things that could be the cause of the rape increase, like movies and television shows. The article was more of a claim to younger children, in that such games, like Bulletstorm, can cause children to become thugs, rapists and more. To be honest, this was just another mere claim for the media to point the finger at people like us (Gamers).
Bulletstorm is a game that is to be released in two weeks, and Fox used this game as an example. If you did not know already, in the game, you can earn skillshots, and some of them allow you to stick a grenade up someones rear, shoot someone in the nuts, and more. EA Games have responded to what Fox News have said:
“As you know, Bulletstorm is a work of entertainment fiction that takes place in the 26th century on the abandoned fictitious paradise planet Stygia, where our heroes fight mutants, monsters, flesh-eating plants and gigantic dinosaurs.Epic, People Can Fly and EA are avid supporters of the ESA and believe in the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system. We believe in and abide by the policies put in place by the ESRB. Bulletstorm is rated M for Mature for blood and gore, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language and use of alcohol. The game and its marketing adhere to all guidelines set forth by the ESRB; both are designed for people 17+. Never is the game marketed to children.Epic, People Can Fly and EA support the right of artists to create works of entertainment fiction for consumers of all ages, including adults who enjoy action adventures like Bulletstorm. Much like Tarantino’s Kill Bill or Rodriguez’s Sin City, this game is an expression of creative entertainment for adults.”
Many people believe that it is bad parenting in which children could become what Fox believes they are, which it is. Why would a parent allow their kids (around the age of 10) to play an 18+/M+ game? Don’t blame the industry. Blame the parents.
(Personally, I was playing Dino Crisis, Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark at 10 years old, and I have not abused anyone, raped anyone, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t even take drugs.)