Hatred, the brutal kill-em-up, has courted controversy since its trailer made its debut. It seems to feature no other objective than to kill as many innocent people as you can. Men, women, children, and police officers are all fair game in this killing-spree. As expected, an angry backlash grew around the game, with some calling for it to be banned. Others even went as far as to claim that it could be blamed for future mass-shootings. Using videogames as a scapegoat for violent incidents is nothing new, and, perhaps, it could be argued that some gamers are pre-empting an incident by calling for a boycott of the title in order to protect their beloved hobby. Today those campaigners struck a death-blow when Hatred’s Greenlight campaign was suddenly removed from Steam.
There’s something troubling about the decision to retract Hatred from Greenlight, though. Sure, its content is undeniably gruesome, and I’d question any person whose spine it didn’t send a shiver down. But its removal is odd. It seems that Valve has changed its mind about violent content on the Steam platform. After all, there are many games on Steam with similar themes, that are just as violent, but are allowed to continue to trade on it. And let’s not forget that Grand Theft Auto V, and it’s notorious torture scene will soon grace the storefront.
Is it simply the case that Valve will kow-tow to he who has the deepest pockets? Here are three games still on Steam that, I find, have equally as ‘objectionable’ content.
Call of Duty: Modern warfare 2
Grand Theft Auto Series
And, as aforementioned, soon gracing Steam:
Grand Theft Auto 5
What’s your opinion on the situation? Or do you know of any other games that should be added to the list? Be sure to comment below!