Sunday, April 29, 2007

Chronicles of gaming: the party, the goat and the offal

Consider some scenes from a party:

Guests reaching inside a slaughtered goat’s still-warm carcass to eat offal from its stomach.

Guests competing to see who can eat the most of the goat’s intestines – from its stomach.
Guests throwing knives at targets.
Guests pulling live snakes from a pit with their bare hands.
Topless girls dipping grapes into guests’ mouths.

These are some of the highlights from a party organized by Sony on the occasion of the European release of ‘God of War 2’ for the Playstation 3 console. The game has a 18 certificate and some say it has one of the most visceral combat scenes ever.

Some bright, overpaid guy at Sony then decided to carry pictures from the party into the latest Playstation magazine.

That is all well and fine but how do you explain what people did in real life? I don’t play video games but looking at the photos, I might have believed myself that maybe this is how people who play violent video games act in real life.

Of course, that would have been over-simplification but then this how any normal observer might think.

As expected, the Sony orgy has attracted the justified fury of animal lovers and on the other hand it gives credence to critics of violent games.

The magazine article asks readers how far they would go to get hold of Sony’s next-generation console, the PlayStation 3. Thank God this is not what the publishers of Grand Theft Auto might have asked gamers.

I would like to think that Gaming has its virtues; helping people pass time, for one, but the Sony party gives a bad name to the gaming industry.

People might get the idea the industry caters to self-engrossed hedonists, spoilt-silly with too much money and time to spare.

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