Developer: If We Only Have Violent Games, That's An Issue
Violence is a given in video games these days, especially with shooters being so popular.
But one developer is currently developing a "nonviolent" FPS and they say that violent games are actually against the "spirit" of the hobby.
Trackmania developer Nadeo is currently working on Shootmania, which obviously isn't designed to be bloody. In speaking to Strategy Informer, Managing Director Florent Castelnérac had this to say:
"Gaming is about linking people together from different nations… having people playing together; with themes like terrorism/counter terrorism… it’s the complete opposite of the ‘spirit of gaming.'"
I’m not against restricting anything, but we wanted to provide an alternative. If the games industry says 'It's ok, violent games aren’t an issue,' sure, but if there are ONLY violent games, then it becomes an issue."
There's something to be said for that. In the eyes of many experts, violence in our entertainment is problematic and has long since begun to dominate certain industries. However, there are still plenty of games out there that have nothing to do with violence, and everything to do with either colorful, simple fun, or progressive, innovative drama. And personally, I'm not on board with this supposed universal definition that games are about playing with other people...
Maybe I'm just a dinosaur, but I don't want to live in a world where the entire purpose of video games revolves around multiplayer.
2/21/2012 9:47:21 AM Ben Dutka