Where is the line with video game violence and Hatred?


Developer Destructive Creations is pushing a game that explores violence and how we respond to it with their title Hatred. It's already garnered a very negative reaction from the gaming community, but what does that say about how we handle violence itself? This piece from USgamer explores these things and more -- give it a read and decide for yourself!

Hatred: Finding "The Line" in Game Violence

Earlier today, Polish developer Destructive Creations released the first trailer for its upcoming game, Hatred. The game features an unnamed protagonist who looks like the stereotypical version of a mass shooter that you'd find on television shows like Law & Order: a white male with long dark hair and a trenchcoat. Hatred is a top-down or twin-stick shooter, where the focus is perpetrating a mass shooting. That's right, you take control of the protagonist and kill innocent bystanders.

A spokesperson from the developer told USgamer that Hatred is meant to be horror, not satire. If that seems provocative to you, that's because the developer wanted it to be that way.

"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," says the developer on the game's official website. "Something different, something that could give the player a pure, gaming pleasure. Here comes our game, which takes no prisoners and makes no excuses. We say 'yes, it is a game about killing people' and the only reason of the antagonist doing that sick stuff is his deep-rooted hatred. Player has to ask himself what can push any human being to mass-murder."

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