Fox News is after gaming again, and they have taken issue with Epic and People Can Fly’s new upcoming title, Bulletstorm. A technology expert for Fox News claims that this is the worst video game ever made and the tirade against Bulletstorm did not end there. They published an article that asked the same question. The article even went as far as to claim, “The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games.” When researching I seemed to find the opposite that rapes have been on the decline from 1995 to last year.
Fox also continued to misinform that games such as Bulletstorm could be bought by any child with the money and no penalties would befall the clerk or store. They then mentioned the upcoming Supreme Court case Schwarzenegger v. EMA and continued their misinformation stating, “This year, the Supreme Court will make a landmark decision about video-game violence. A California law now makes it illegal for a merchant to sell a Mature-rated game to a minor; the law imposes a $1,000 fine. But the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has sued to overturn the law.”
It was later reported that Fox knowingly left a quote out of their article from Scott Steinberg (CEO of TechSavvy Global) Mr Steinberg said, “[Bulletstorm is] an unapologetically and straightforwardly satirical game meant for discerning adults that’s written in the vernacular of the times and speaks in a cultural context that’s the same as its target audience has long been indoctrinated in by mainstream media and pop culture … Yes, it’s shameless, but also knowingly so, because it actively aims to parody much of both the gaming field and larger cultural zeitgeist’s more asinine elements. The designers make no secret of their intentions, or to whom the title caters – The Oregon Trail, this isn’t. The giant M for Mature rating on the front of the box says it all: Only discerning adults need apply.”
EA, Bulletstorm’s publisher, did not take the reports lying down either. Releasing a statement saying, “As you know, Bulletstorm is a work of entertainment fiction that takes place in the 26th century on the abandoned fictitious paradise planet Stygia, where our heroes fight mutants, monsters, flesh-eating plants and gigantic dinosaurs.
Epic, People Can Fly and EA are avid supporters of the ESA and believe in the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system. We believe in and abide by the policies put in place by the ESRB.
Bulletstorm is rated M for Mature for blood and gore, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language and use of alcohol. The game and its marketing adhere to all guidelines set forth by the ESRB; both are designed for people 17+. Never is the game marketed to children.
Epic, People Can Fly and EA support the right of artists to create works of entertainment fiction for consumers of all ages, including adults who enjoy action adventures like Bulletstorm. Much like Tarantino’s Kill Bill or Rodriguez’s Sin City, this game is an expression of creative entertainment for adults.”
I applaud EA for their professionalism in dealing with the situation. This will not be Fox’s last attempt at the gaming industry; however, we as a community can come together and educate those around us. Fox may have broadcasting to spread their misinformation and lies, but we have the internet, blogs, and all kinds of new technology to spread the truth.