I have been a bit surprised by the shock that some people have felt towards our trailer in regards to the content and violence. Here are a few comments from random sites:
‘And you may say “jesus, it’s a game, you moral bore!” to which I would respond by suggesting maybe it’d be a good joke to photoshop pictures of children being mutilated by Jesus’ disciples using iron mauls and tack them to a church’s bulletin board.’
‘What? Seriously? Talk about bad taste and extreme disrespect.’
‘It just seems like it’s in bad taste, even doing the titanic one.’
The internet being what it is, I guess I’m not surprised by much… but a game like ours that is taking a humorous (albeit dark) take on some events in history is, in my opinion, at most mid-level when it comes to depicting violence. There are games out there that depict wars we (the US) are currently fighting, that try to enlist our current youth into the armed forces by killing people, or just plain depict violence in a far more accurate way than our teaser did.
It’s a strange world we live in where someone will play a shooter based on actual events and kill people for a number of hours, then watch a teaser with cartoon violence in an obvious alternate reality, and get offended. Have we become so accustomed to gritty near-photorealistic violence that it takes some cute cartoons getting hurt to pull our heart strings? I hope not.
We knew a number of aspects about our game would be polarizing. I’m just surprised it’s the morality that people are questioning.