Beyond Will Be Useful In Combating The GTAV-Fueled Hate
By the time Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls releases, the industry will have been inundated with negative headlines and general outcry due to Grand Theft Auto V.
The mainstream media will cover every last one of those headlines, because it's what they do. Beyond will never once be mentioned but then again, neither was Heavy Rain, or Journey, or any other game that proves that not all video games are about violence and offensive content. But that doesn't mean those in-the-know can't use titles like Beyond as ammunition against those who ignorantly accuse gaming of being the root cause of countless human tragedies. They have to point the finger somewhere, obviously.
As far as the press outside of gaming is concerned, the only games that exist include guns. This is despite the fact that Quantic Dream boss David Cage has said dozens of times that in fact, he doesn't believe games need guns to be entertaining. He's been running counter to that idea for years now. Of course, he won't be featured on CNN any time soon; all we'll see are so-called experts who sound so out-of-touch, it's shockingly embarrassing. That doesn't mean we don't have our ambassadors. We just have to politely remind the haters and accusers that in fact, they probably shouldn't lecture anyone on an industry about which they know absolutely nothing. They're embarrassing themselves on a daily basis.
Beyond should feature great drama, with fantastic acting performances, top-notch writing, complex themes, and even moral dilemmas. Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe head the cast, and everyone is looking forward to a singular, defining experience. And yes, this might include many of the same people who are currently enjoying GTAV. Believe it or not, members of the obscenely biased mainstream press, video games are art. And that art doesn't have to involve bullets and dead bodies; in fact, very often, it doesn't involve any such thing. So, when Beyond gets here, let's remember that it'll be useful in combating the rising tide of game haters who see no need to be educated on the issues.
Related Game(s): Beyond: Two Souls
9/23/2013 9:41:09 PM Ben Dutka