My most anticipated game of 2018 (list coming out this month) Detroit: Become Human is coming under fire right now for a trailer in which the first character we got to meet in the debut trailer is serving a drunk asshole, and is party to the beating of a child. Here’s a link to the trailer so you can see for yourself. It’s amazing. It shows how you as the android are in a situation where you have to choose what you do in respect to this old drunk beating a girl that you have bonded with. It’s a gripping scene. Just like the last trailer which showed you negotiating with a malfunctioning android to save a little girl from a hostage situation (linked here). There was also the trailer where you play as an android who is in charge of an android resistance and you have to make hard decisions about how violently or peacefully your revolution goes. This game is all about making ethical decisions.
That’s what the trailer showcasing a domestic violence situation was trying to convey. You, as both the character and the player, have to show that you can help this little girl from getting a beating. You can try and manipulate the father, incapacitate him, or if all else fails, kill him. I think it’s an amazing trailer and it has me so damn hyped for the game. The likes to dislikes ratio reflects that other players are eager to see this as well.
But wouldn’t you know it, the moral busy-body squad has decided to make their voices heard. Techraptor did a video on the affair, here’s a link to that. See some of the quotes they found to justify this stupid reaction. My favorite of which is the one where it says that this is never okay in a video game because this sort of thing happens to children all over the world. No shit! That’s kind of the point! This video game is showcasing this in a game because it does happen in real life, and it is terrible. This game NEVER frames what is potentially happening to that small child as a good thing. As the robot, you want to protect her and take care of her. It’s what you are tasked with doing. That and the old drunk almost certainly forces that robot to do sexual thing. I get the feeling that’s the kind of dude he is. Ick.
This idea that we are never supposed to show morally uncomfortable things in entertainment baffles me. Think of all the films that showcase morally questionable things that are lauded as cultural landmarks. You have Blade Runner, with a morally questionable protagonist who forces himself on a fellow replicant. It’s a disturbing scene for a reason. You have the twisted kind of relationship that develops between Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs. There is a police officer being forced to accept evil because there is no way to stop it and has her own gun held to her head by a man who is supposed to be the good guy in Sicario. All three of these films are lauded as good pieces of filmmaking with morally uncomfortable things.
Meanwhile, a video game that has shown in three previous trailer that it is tackling some heavy issues has a scene where you have to find a way to protect a child from a drunk man and that’s the problem? There was that idiot who said that showing it in a video game “normalizes” it. Are you fucking kidding me?! Yeah, because finding out that the character Billy in Xenogears was a child prostitute who let other men have their way with him to help his family normalized pedophilia, right? Wait, Salon magazine is trying to do that. I’m sorry, I got confused.
Here’s a little fact that I guess the “intellectual” buffoons who wrote these articles don’t seem to understand – art imitates life, not the other way around. There are plenty of children who are the victims of abusive drunks. My father’s old man was a severe alcoholic, and it was known that my own man was his favorite punching bag. It’s why my father has such a huge disdain for people who drink in excess. His history with alcoholism in his family has caused some tension in mine, but that’s a story you don’t need to know anymore about.
People who espouse this viewpoint are just as stupid as Anita Sarkeesian and Jack Thompson, who thought that video games teach sexism and violence, respectively. There has never been any, ANY evidence that video games have such an affect on real life. So now you are going to say that this game where the context (a word that these social justice ninnies hate to no end) shows that this is bad and you are compelled to stop it is going to teach gamers to beat their kids?! How stupid are these people?!
I just love how a video game is being told to compromise its artistic integrity in order to satisfy the petty hangups of idiots who don’t get how real life works. I guarantee that the people featured in the article Techraptor mentioned are so happy they got a chance to finally have their worldview featured in media. Someone can listen to them rant about absolute bullshit that there hasn’t been a single piece of substantive evidence toward in the history of video games. These are the same assholes who said that people need to accept the ending to Mass Effect 3 because it was that game’s artistic vision. I swear, one day video game media is going to be self-aware. It is going to happen. I don’t know when, but they will someday realize just how far up their own butt-puckers they have buried their heads.
Thankfully, David Cage was taking none of this bullshit and put those idiots in their place. Let a game creator have their vision. It’s his to have. He’s absolutely right. What matters is context. But don’t tell the people quoted in the articles that. They said there is no good context. Not only that, but it’s funny that we have a scene where a mob of androids can choose to mercilessly kill innocent people, and there’s no problem with that. We have a scene where you save a little girl’s life and promise to help the girl’s captor, and then are party to that android who trusted you getting murdered. No outrage there. It’s only when the little girl is put in a situation that the game makes no secret is morally gray and now it’s wrong.
I have a word for these people – hypocrites. Violence is only wrong when it’s against this group that I like. These are the same people who say that women are never victims in games, yet then get outraged when a woman is killed in one. These people are so two-faced that it hurts. Might as well give them a coin. It would be fitting.
Until next time, a quote,
“If these people didn’t have double-standards, they’d have no standards at all.” – TJ Kirk