Destructive Creations has released a trailer for its new PC game Hatred, due out next year and let’s just say it’s causing a whole lot of controversy. People are not taking too kindly to its mass murder theme, where it has the player kill innocent people on a murderous rampage for one reason: hatred for humanity.
Here is the trailer (may not suitable for children):
As soon as the trailer started and the protagonist was plotting his vengeance on the world, I immediately assumed I was about to witness him commit a mass murder. I felt uneasy and ultimately was unimpressed by this trailer because as a gamer, I felt this game looks pointless. I also feel concerned that this will be a yet another game that becomes a misrepresentation of our community and videogames as a whole. This will easily be another game the media can point the finger at and blame for real life violence.
There was one moment during this trailer that had me feel a certain way and that was seeing the woman beg for her life just before the protagonist shot her through her mouth. I can’t really articulate what I felt but there was definitely something there. It occurred to me that I had never seen that in a videogame before. In fact, I don’t even think I’ve seen that in a movie either. It’s interesting to think about because videogames such as Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor allow me to stick my sword through an orcs mouth and yet because they are fictional characters and considered “monsters” or the “bad guys,” it never really bothered me. However, seeing an innocent woman have a similar fate just felt different, even if it’s not real.
While some will say “it’s just a game,” that won’t stop many people from becoming offended and even worse, people who aren’t gamers will look to this game as a representation of video games as a whole and that kind of bothers me more than the trailer itself. It’s almost embarrassing. I can’t help but wonder that this game was made controversial for the sake of controversy. Was this game created just to get negative attention and get people talking? Destructive Creations did say on its hatred game website: “These days, when a lot of games are heading to be polite, colorful, politically correct and trying to be some kind of higher art, rather than just an entertainment – we wanted to create something against trends.”
Something against trends sounds about right. If shock value is what Destructive Creations are going for, they have definitely succeeded. What do you think about this controversy? Does the Hatred trailer upset you? Sound off in the comments!