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The Rant: Should We Censor Games?

by on February 10, 2013
 

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Violence in video games, sexism, overly manly men, and other things are a surplus in video games these days. This in turn has caught not only the eye of the media, but the regular gamer in general. Gamers think that video games should share the same morals and rights that we take for granted in real life. They feel that developers should stop putting such controversial/degrading material in their games. But should they?

Recently Warrent Spector came out against Lollipop Chainsaw, saying that the game should “never have been made”. Spector continued on to mention how games these days do not resonate with his life, they aren’t relevant in his life or ‘normal human beings’ for that matter. But, Mr. Spector, isn’t that why we escape to video games? To get away from life and go on a fantastic adventure where we can be almost whoever we want to be?

Then there is the Anita Sarkeesian, taking on the struggle against female tropes in video games. Helpless princesses, weak females, etc. I agree with Sarkeesian that there should be more strong females, or females saving men in games. On the other hand, who are we to tell the artist what to do with his/her brush? Doing so, in my mind would stifle creativity, which by the way is already being squashed because publishers are crazy about what’s popular: FPS games and won’t give anything different or new a solid chance.

But should we censor games? Should we restrain the creative mind? If we did, would we be any better than those who would censor and burn books that don’t fit their interests? Should we also censor nude sculptures and paintings? Should ‘David’ by Michelangelo have a leaf over his private parts just so we don’t have to put up with his nudity? Should Stephen Colbert’s right to freedom of speech be dimished because you are offended by his jokes?

My belief is that censoring games is not the way to go. We should encourage creativity, but also remind developers that the gaming community isn’t just made up of testosterone filled males. There are females, lesbians, gays, transgenders, young children, and old folks. They should all be catered to in different ways, but not so much that the developer has to worry about offending someone at every turn.

And Mr. Spector, if you want to have a game that relates more to your life, then play the Sims.

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  • Profile photo of Ramon Aranda
    February 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Censorship in video games? NEVARRRRRR! Interesting piece Andrew.

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  • Profile photo of Aris Bran
    February 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    It’s always people who have absolutely no comprehension on what a game is, talking about censoring games. It’s like they don’t even think for a second that kids can easily go on the computer and find out more about the game if they wanted too.

    Censor one thing and another thing will come out to supplement the loss, that’s how life works.

    I always see people who want to censor things as folk who don’t understand that everyone grows up with different knowledge, different perspectives and different experiences. One might find Lollipop Chainsaw disgusting to its core and totally labeling it as trash while another person appreciates the beauty in the animation, the sound, the story, the voices, the world, the blood and…………..that sweet cheerleader outfit. XD

    Everyone just thinks different.

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