There’s a new controversial game on everyone’s lips, and it’s called Hatred – which is what it’s going to inevitably draw a lot of.
The game involves the killing of a lot of innocent people in gruesome ways (executions, explosions, random-scatter gunfire, stabbing – you name it)…and that’s it.
It’s about mass murder – and nothing else.
Here’s what the game is about, according to its developers, Destructive Creations:
Hatred is an isometric shooter with a disturbing atmosphere of mass killing, where a player takes the role of a cold blood antagonist, who is full of hatred for humanity.
It’s a horror, but here YOU are the villain. Wander the outskirts of New York State, seek for victims on seven free-roam levels. Fight against law enforcement and take a journey into the antagonist’s hateful mind.
Gather equipment of the dead ‘human shields’ to spread Armageddon upon society. Destroy everything on your way of hunt and fight back when it’s disturbed…
…just don’t try this at home and don’t take it too seriously, it’s just a game. 🙂
I don’t think this is an English first-language studio.
So what’s all the fuss about? Have a look at the trailer and see for yourself.
Warning: the trailer below contains rather graphic violence and some naughty words.
Yeeeesh. Okay, so Destructive Creations knows what it’s trying to do – in fact, the developer states its intent quite clearly:
“These days, when a lot of games are heading to be polite, colorful, politically correct, and trying to be some kind of higher art, rather than just an entertainment – we wanted to create something against trends,” the dev says.
“Something different, something that could give the player a pure, gaming pleasure.”
“We say ‘yes, it is a game about killing people’ and the only reason of the antagonist doing that sick stuff is his deep-rooted hatred.”
“Makes no excuses”
We can all agree that Hatred is a violent game – there’s no question there – but violence is not something gamers are unfamiliar with.
Nor are they blind to the slaughter of innocent people, actually.
Take GTA for example. In that little sandbox world, we have no problem mowing down grannies in the street as we go about committing various crimes against humanity.
So, why is this game so…unsettling?
Is it that basically murdering everyone, in rather gruesome and graphic ways, is the only point to this title? Or is it something else? The music? The visuals? What?
In discussing it around the MyGaming office, Kevin may have hit the proverbial nail on the head here: it’s to do with framing.
While GTA gives you the same tools to cause similar mayhem in Los Santos and other cities, the game is always framed in the light of parody.
It’s light-hearted (most of the time) and you feel like it’s not supposed to be taken seriously.
Heck, if I told you that there’s a game out there that lets you drive a steamroller over a pile of babies, you may even be alarmed – until you see how it’s framed.
The reason games like Call of Duty (and undoubtedly Hatred) cause such a stir, is because they’re framed in a ‘grittier’ way – either in a ‘real-world’ setting, or in a dark, hateful tone.
Another point is that in GTA (and most other violent games), killing innocent people is always an option, never a goal. Sort of.
Hatred, especially, also checks all the boxes for alarmists concerned with violent video games: murder, executions, innocent victims, sociopathic monologues, heavy metal music, white male ‘protagonist’.
Looking at its individual aspects, there’s nothing Hatred does that hasn’t already been done – yet the backlash to the title is already being felt.
The game is so controversial that Epic Games – who own the rights to the Unreal Engine 4 the game uses – felt it had to issue a statement to distance itself from the project entirely:
“Epic Games isn’t involved in this project. Unreal Engine 4 is available to the general public for use ‘for any lawful purpose,’ and we explicitly don’t exert any sort of creative control or censorship over projects.”
“However, the video is using the trademarked Unreal Engine 4 logo without permission from Epic, and we’ve asked for the removal of our logo from all marketing associated with this product.”
There seems there’s no escaping the controversies that follow violent titles – and Hatred looks like it might just be another video game poster-child for a new generation of news reporters looking to pin real-world violence on something.
What do you think about Hatred? How does it make you feel? Would you play it? Let us know what you think in the comments below or on the forums.