Computer gaming is, obviously, the most recent of the popular entertainment media. It is also the least understood by non users. Unfortunately it is these non users who run the world and it is they who have made computer gaming so restricted and controlled, far more than the older media are. They see our industry from a Daily Mail/Fox News perspective and do so much harm with their consequent ignorance.
Gaming is over censored, this leads to bland genres and content and holds the industry back. Meanwhile books can and do contain absolutely anything. Even the holiday blockbusters you buy at the airport are far, far naughtier than any mainstream console game. The cinema and television also allow just about anything and support a multi billion porn industry, whilst in games a nipple is too much, even in an 18+ game. It is truly pathetic, the customers who buy these games and provide us all with a living are largely grown ups, why can’t they be treated as such?
Now we have the Rockstar/Manhunt appeal. I don’t understand what this is about. There are a huge number of books and films that are far, far worse. In fact many horrendously violent films are highly acclaimed. This game is also only available to adults. Yet the state and the ignorant people who run it say that we can’t handle the content of this game. This is just patently absurd.
It is about time the computer games industry grew up. It’s customers have. We should demand the same censorship laws as film. Then we should demand of the platform owners (Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft) that they allow us to publish adult content within these laws. If this happened you would see an unleashing of talent, there would be a massive growth in the industry as it made products that appealed to whole new audiences and we would be taken a lot more seriously in the world. Obviously, one day, the industry will grow up and it will happen, the sooner the better for everyone.
So what do you think about this whole game censorship issue. Am I wrong, or only a bit right? Reply with your thoughts on this important issue.