Was “Hatred” Made Just for the Sake of Controversy?


    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!

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    • Ooooohhhhhhhhhh! ::grabs popcorn::

    • I’m in total agreeance with you, Erica. Something about killing innocents – and then the scene with the lady pleading for her life – just felt wrong and TBH I couldn’t stomach it. It takes a special kind of person to find THIS particular type of violence “entertaining”. I understand that many games have violence, but it’s normally for a reason. Games like GTA let you terrorize innocents, but it’s not the point of the game. Idk, Erica. I’ll be skipping this one.

    • Carlene

      If I need a game to murder people, I’ll play GTA. At least there’s other shit to do after I’ve satisfied my digital bloodlust.

    • Epic Markell Joshua

      I like this game it is exploring a new area in gaming i’m down for it i can mindlessly kill people in gta and other games not a issue for me.

    • TSC|MastaToken

      It’s something different and not many games will go down this route so I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on this and might even pick it up.

    • RogueCreed

      I find people’s reactions to this super interesting.

      Most gamers have- at one point or another -gone on bloody, RPG ridden rampages in GTA, Saints Row, Just Cause, or any number of other games that allow you to hurt innocents; but this particular case is different. Why? Because it draws special attention to the player’s actions, the affects those actions have on the world, and it does all this without employing the same over the top and or parodic ideas that a GTA or a Saints Row would.

      In most other games an NPC pleading for their life feels obligatory (“this is what real people do, right?”). But because of its shocking use of sound, this game raises that mechanic above what we normally see. Because we’re actually made to pay attention to the innocents’ panicked pleas for survival/help, it’s effectively tapping into our internalized desire to not want to see “people” harmed- especially people whom haven’t done anything to us.

      Videogames are usually so over the top and cartoonish that we rarely give the killing of innocents a second thought, but here the situation and the reactions to it are so close to what we perceive as “possible” and “real” that it disturbs us.

      It’s shocking because this *could* happen, and similar events *are* happening in our world at the moment, and we don’t want to see anymore of that than we have to, and certainly not partake in it.

    • Ericutz4thewin

      Yea definitely, GTA does get a bad rap and killing innocents in that game is optional so I can just imagine if this one ever hit the media.

    • Charles

      After watching the trailer for this, I instantly became rather interested in it. The game is dark, cold, and bleak, and it does a rather good job and painting the right atmosphere and does a well job in its execution of the vision they have for this game. It’s pretty violent, and in a way that hasn’t really been done a lot, if at all, in a long time. There are plenty of shows, movies, and even other video game characters that people enjoy and love that kill people just for the sake of killing them, and yet people don’t have problems with liking them. And before anyone else goes on about this, the game isn’t really killing for the sake of it. That’s not the main goal for the guy you’re playing as. At least not directly. I can personally agree with the mindset in a way, as a general amount of people on this planet are fucking worthless people unworthy of life whom also do nothing good for this place. Regardless though, it’s a video game. Nothing more, nothing less. The only reason people have problems with this is because it hits more to home than normal. People are perfectly fine with playing games like DayZ, and killing off every person they run into for the hell of it, even if they have hopes of possibly finding something useful on them. But it happens, and I doubt whatever I, or anyone else, has to say will really make anyone more at ease with this. If this puts gamers in bad light, than so be it. I personally don’t honestly care what people think just because they want to over-look into a video game.

    • This…is a thing…I’m definitely worried about how the non-gaming community will see us now after all the shit that’s been going down, and now this. Of course there are countless games that have since seen the subject of debate whether they induce violent acts in people or not. I’m scared that this game might be too blatant. Cudoos to going somewhere no-one has before, and in a way it was bound to happen eventually. In that light, I’m really glad they didn’t have this game in the first-person or I might actually condemn this game.
      Unless there is actually no plot to the game I’m going to say this is something that will inevitably be the finger pointing game for ‘games cause violent behaviour’. Of course we all know this depends on the individual’s mind and self-control, but the mass media doesn’t know that quite yet.
      TLDR: Just concerned with the fate of this game and the community…

    • LOL!

    • Amith Thomas

      Exactly. This is a game which has a gritty, realistic, horrifying tone. Then, instead of setting up some deeper narrative, they’ve apparently (atleast from what we know now) designed what is basically nothing more than a top down shooter thats meant to be fun to play.
      In other games, its completely different – if I’ve killed civilians in GTA, its because I’m probably testing out car bumper physics :D, or I want to see how the world reacts, how the NPCs behave etc, or just to have fun. However, it’s never made me feel uncomfortable. That’s because most of the ‘shoot and have fun’ games we play simply aren’t set up to make you feel uncomfortable. They are goofy, over the top and just fun. Where there is realistic and atmospheric gameplay, it’s used appropriately to set up great tactical gameplay (Crysis) and survival gameplay (Metro 2033). In a game like Metro, there might be 1 or 2 times when the thought of ‘oh, I actually killed a guy’ goes through your head. I was playing it on hardcore mode (only good way to play it imo), and after an intense encounter with one guy, I went closer to realize I could see the bullet hole in his head, as he lay slumped against the wall. It didn’t make me feel uncomfortable, but I was definitely impressed because for a second I started to have such thoughts. That’s something you hardly ever experience unless you are playing a horror game or something.
      This game is set up so that it will make people feel sick, and its nothing more than a fun shooter ? Its annoying
      – Bucking trends ? Shock value ? Great, but at what cost ? Here is a game that is going to paint gamers in such a bad light. The trailer made most gamers feel so uncomfortable ; how do you think non-gamers will react ?
      – They’re really doing this now, when its no secret that this stuff happened in certain countries recently, and its no secret either that they’re always trying to blame video games for it. Way to go, keep fighting against trends, and doing controversial stuff for no apparent reason.

    • Russland Nachrichten

      So its only brutal if Americans get massacret. What was about the no Russian level in MW2? You even got archievments for it, you americans are bunch of hypocrites n racists

    • Alexis Urquizo

      LOL @thevideogamheryt:disqus “I’ll be skipping this one” reminds me of that south park episode “Krazy Kripples” where Timmy and Jimmy started a “gang” and south park kids were pretty much like….”Yea… we’re avoiding this subject”.

      And I finally saw this trailer (haven’t been up-to-date on recent gaming news) and ….man…. that’s intense but I’m with @disqus_NeqZ8pcKpS:disqus on this one. This type of violence hasn’t been done in a long time and he’s right, again it’s just a video game.

      For me this is where parenting is important, growing up gaming, I’ve been playing Manhunt, The Suffering, Postal 2 and other violent games. I specifically remember my mother walking in on me playing Manhunt (she was not happy mind you and conversation/yelling…. was not short) …BUT I do remember eventually she ended it off with saying “Alexis…. we know this is not real, we do not do this in real life….ever” in Spanish of course, and it stuck with me. And imo, yes every child is different, it’s still up to the parents to know their kids well enough and manage what their kids are and aren’t allowed to play WITH explanation so the child understands.

      Meanwhile it’s a scary thought that someone would be this violent for no reason, let’s just remember that people were this violent long before video games existed. It’s just a form of entertainment…like you know…. Gladiators back in the day…except… you know it’s not real.

      Idk, that’s my take on it, and I enjoy violent games from time to time, but definitely FAR from being a violent person in real life. Though even this game … I MAY just watch on twitch :p .

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