Recently, a studio by the name of Destructive Creations released a trailer for their “Rampage”-esque game called Hatred and boy oh boy did it trigger a shitstorm. The reason? The trailer details an unknown psychopath, the protagonist, that has become sick of pretty much everyone in the entire world and has taken it upon himself to become judge, jury, and executioner for everybody. And then the gameplay starts. The premise is to basically kill as many people as you can, innocent or otherwise, before apparently being gunned down in the gloriously violent death the protagonist so greatly desires. Naturally, some people got pretty upset. Many outraged critics and viewers propose that the game be shut down and sealed away, banned from being placed on shelves. This is entirely unsurprising; when you base an entire game solely off mass murder, you’re likely to rustle some jimmies.
After watching the trailer for myself, I’m left slightly unsettled but at the same time, mostly unimpressed. All emotions and rustled jimmies aside, Hatred looks incredibly mediocre. The game itself doesn’t appear to offer anything notable or beguiling beside the initial shock value. If I wanted to mindlessly mow down some folks with a submachine gun, I would fire up GTA: V. Then, after my massacre reaches completion, I could reload the game and find something more meaningful to occupy my time while playing, such as orchestrating a bank heist. The difference between Hatred and any other “shoot ’em up” or even any FPS/FPS-RPG is that Hatred’s gameplay revolves solely around the massacre. What happens when the player goes down in bloody infamy like he so desires? Does the player just start the whole process over again? If the ultimate purpose is to “Kill as many of these poor saps as possible while racking up a highscore.” then I will be taking my money elsewhere. That being said, do I think that Hatred should be banished from all eternity? No, especially because videogames are relatively harmless medium of expression. Despite what many crazed sensationalists claim, I don’t believe videogames trigger mass shootings. Furhtermore, like with any entertainment, worried parents should monitor what their children consumer rather than restrict someone’s freedom of expression. As perturbing as it is, I believe that if the devs over at Destructive Creations want to go forth with their game, I’m not one to stop them, nor is anybody else simply due to Hatred’s offensive nature.. Hell, GTA pushed the envelope and continues to do so; if games were banned on how much they offended individuals, there couldn’t be any videogames at all. Regardless, I think the game will die out on its own. The shock value will fade and people will realize that there are superior games that offer more than Hatred’s simple killing.