“players are rewarded for shooting enemies in the private parts (such as the buttocks). There’s an excess of profanity, of course, including frequent use of F-words. And Bulletstorm is particularly gruesome, with body parts that explode all over the screen. But that’s not the worst part. The in-game awards system, called Skill Shots, ties the ugly, graphic violence into explicit sex acts: “topless” means cutting a player in half, while a “gang bang” means killing multiple enemies. And with kids as young as 9 playing such games, the experts FoxNews.com spoke with were nearly universally worried that video game violence may be reaching a fever pitch.“
Now it seems as if EA is firing back. Here’s what they had to say:
“Epic, People Can Fly and EA are avid supporters of the ESA and believe in the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system. We believe in and abide by the policies put in place by the ESRB. Bulletstorm is rated M for Mature for blood and gore, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language and use of alcohol. The game and its marketing adhere to all guidelines set forth by the ESRB; both are designed for people 17+. Never is the game marketed to children. Epic, People Can Fly and EA support the right of artists to create works of entertainment fiction for consumers of all ages, including adults who enjoy action adventures like Bulletstorm. Much like Tarantino’s Kill Bill or Rodriguez’s Sin City, this game is an expression of creative entertainment for adults.”
Firstly, the violence in the game is more cartoon than real world, so this whole argument is stupid. Secondly, FOX is notorious for trying to stir the pot with these ridiculous comments. They should be completely discredited as a legitimate source. This isn’t the first time they have done this. Sure Bulletstorm may be violent, but it’s hardly similar in anyway to real world violence and it’s clearly not targeting younger children. So what’s the big deal? No need to attack it.
In addition to their statement about Bulletstorm yesterday, they also talked about how videogames lead to an increase in rape. Absolutely ridiculous.
Anyways, I doubt this will hurt the sales of Bulletstorm. I know it’s one of my most anticipated games of the year and I think many feel the same.
What do you think?