HATRED. It’s a game…an actual videogame coming in 2015–and may well become the most controversial videogame ever. For good reason.
“The player-character is a mass-killing villain who hates humanity and begins a “genocidal crusade” to kill innocent civilians and police officers.” (That’s wikipedia on this game which is almost self parodying in the name that was chosen for it–HATRED) — so, violence in a game with a reasonably decent heroic player, I accept; but violence where the gamer plays as a serial killer, plays as a vicious mass murderer, no. To me…that’s the difference here.
If one is playing a game when one is taking out clearly defined evil people who prey on the innocent, I feel that’s acceptable. I do play Call of Duty. I’m not saying Call of Duty and other games of that ilk are never problematic–in the case of a psychopathic personality, a person really on the edge, it’s possible that first person shooter games like Call of Duty could contribute to that person’s pathology; that is, they could nudge him (her?) a little more in the direction of acting out violently in the real world, if they’re already leaning that way. *Maybe.*
There was a real life especially vicious gang in Oakland–a small gang, but a gang–that used to ritually play Grand Theft Auto before going out and committing their crimes. But those people were going to be dangerous anyway.
Yet… we’re looking at a game where people are playing a psychokiller and that’s how they WIN, by killing the innocent, by mass murder…some weakminded brutish individuals could conceivably be pushed into unconsciously accepting the game as an kind of endorsement or validation of thrill-killing.
I don’t think any game can make a murderer out of a psychologically healthy person. But there are lots of unhealthy people and some are quite borderline. Low IQ people could also be at risk.
I would be unable to play the game Hatred. I hope it’s not widely released in this country.
Again: The player-character is a mass-killing villain who hates humanity and begins a “genocidal crusade” to kill innocent civilians and police officers