Controversy is no stranger to the gaming world. We’ve seen countless instances when videogames came under fire for various criminal acts and implied “violent” behaviour in children. The prime examples of this are etched into gaming history, from the grizzly fatalities of Mortal Kombat to the proclaimed “murder simulator” of Grand Theft Auto – the list is endless. We’ve even seen games somehow tie directly into horrific world events such as the Columbine School Massacre, which also brought musicians Eminem and Marilyn Manson to the forefront of ‘social justice’. Those times have slowly disappeared though, as much research has shown videogames to have no adverse effects on the actions of the real world and our better judgment. Of course, this wouldn’t be the last time we’d hear of violence in gaming rearing its ugly head into the media, and this time, from a very surprising source.
A couple of weeks ago, website Polygon posted an article
titled “Stop using extreme violence to sell your game”. The article in question was written by Julia Alexander, one of Polygon’s more notorious writers who has tried to stir the pot a few times in the past. This time, her target was Naughty Dog’s upcoming game, The Last of Us Part II, which released a particularly unsettling and quite violent trailer at Paris Games Week 2017. The point she primarily focuses on is the mistreatment of women in the trailer. This is understandable, as one woman gets her arm broken by a hammer in a very cringeworthy scene, while another is hung up by a noose and gently cut by a blade pressed against her abdomen.
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