The Rant: Should We Censor Games?
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.