Hatred Confirms One Thing: People Are Bored With Violence In Video Games

There are a few things I think about when I ponder the trailer for a game called Hatred:

  • The title would be good in comic sans
  • No exclamation point!
  • This is an indie gamers attempt at appealing to emo teenagers
  • Bands who have songs with a lot of shouting in their vocals would love this

I had a more controversial thought in mind that I initially resisted connecting to this game: violence, no matter how extreme it is, has become the norm. My video gaming history is rather hazy, but I seem to recall that the “video games will harm society” discussion had it’s peak around the 1980s and started to taper off at the end of the 90s. Let’s face it: there are stickers preventing children under a certain age from getting a game like Grand Theft Auto, but family and friends can easily get around that by getting the game for the kid that they shouldn’t be playing.

Hatred, created by Destructive Creations, is about a tall, dreadlocked deep-throated man who “fucking hates this world” and wants to die “violently”. He isn’ t seeking any sort of redemption. There is no character arc unless you consider the part where he loads up his weapons and starts shooting seconds after leaving the house. I know that character arc isn’t necessarily required for you to enjoy any particular game, but this kind of game usually needs something to drive the player to put up with all the destruction one would see in this game.

But, according to creative director Jarosław Zieliński of Destructive Creations, his audience are the types aren’t looking for depth:

From Polygon:

“Our target is basically a gamer that is coming home after a long, tiring and overall a shitty working day. So we give him the opportunity to just sit by his computer and let some of the steam go by shooting NPCs and destroying the level.”

“The game is also addressed to people that are in general tired of colorful, sci-fi shooters and are looking for a change. In Hatred they are not forced to run with a laser gun and save the universe for a hundred time (sic). Quite the opposite in fact as we give them a chance to be The Bad Guy and the one that’s being hunted.”

I get it: make a game that appeals to people living shitty lives. Considering people are far more nitpicky about how they want to live out these murder fantasies in video games, I’m not sure this game would impress people that much. In fact, his argument that nobody wants a colorful sci-fi shooter where characters are trying to save the universe is dwarfed by the popularity of games like Destiny and Titanfall. If there’s anything that this game sets out to prove, judging by the general reaction to the trailer, it’s that people are sick of first person shooters and welcome a game that has a different task in mind that shooting NPC’s.

This is Journey, I can’t exactly explain what this game is. I will say that it has more of a spiritual uplift than any of these AAA titles that might get more attention. It’s also the kind of game that makes us remember what games were originally about in the first place.

The Right To Ask Questions

John Grisham apparently unleashed his foot-in-mouth personality on a matter best left to that guy who does To Catch A Predator. I personally don’t get the outrage: people like him exist all of this world and are not famous, nor are they given platforms wide enough to even get headlines for saying such mind-boggling crap. Since he has unleashed his opinion for the media to toil over, outraged are we as a nation once again.

On Twitter, before I was aware of why his name was being mentioned today, I discovered that Mr. Grisham a long time ago refused to let Will Smith be cast in a movie adaptation to one of his novels. I asked the person who brought this up why and was told to go Google it. I’m not against going to Google anything, but I like to interact and learn something (or re-learn in this case) from other people and not a search index. To suggest with a tinge of anger that I need to go Google the information strikes me as weird; Questions are a part of how the world finds answers, if there were no questions the world would have fewer answers.

I’ve been asked some questions that would be classified as “stupid” as if everyone is supposed to have the answer built into their head. I don’t get mad, become a smart-ass, or via the Internet send links to sites like I don’t have the time to give an elaborate answer. I’d rather tell you, show you and get you to understand rather than assume you won’t at all.

Helping others, however stupid it may be, showcases how you treat a person. I know the logic that helping everyone can leave no time for yourself is popular these days, but there’s always space for someone else and yourself equally. I mean, who wants to exist in this world totally separated from everything.

You Own Nobody

I witnessed towards the end of the summer something I never thought I’d witness in life: a public shaming on Facebook of someone I knew. Personal intimate photos and videos this person took were put into a YouTube video called “Insert name here is a bitch”. The video itself was short, but the damage was great. To make matters worse, it happened because one person decided that another person was not worth dealing with.

Before the video was posted on Facebook and YouTube, a series of text messages were sent from the individual who created the video constantly threatening the release of said video. For this person to not feel the wrath of the other, this said person would have to be the other’s lover and show up at a designated location on certain days every other week. Correct me if I’m wrong, but love does not come with an enslavement clause.

You can keep in a marriage or just your regular ordinary relationship, but let’s be clear: You Own Nobody. If someone wants to come into your life, it’s because they want to. Getting a relationship through force or manipulation does not a relationship make. To think this way is not to know love, or even respect for another human being.