Controversy seems to surround gaming like a media hurricane, and in light of recent religious criticisms, even though I’m not directly affected by the comments, I once again find myself provoked into generating support for an industry, which continually finds itself being needlessly blamed for in sighting mass hysteria, and presumably, bringing forth 4 significant horsemen (if the tabloid prophecies are to be believed). The newest negativity has been concentrated on Mass Effect 3’s inclusion of same-sex partnerships, which “Christian Groups” claim is a bad influence on kids.
I will attempt to avoid any sweeping generalisations about the Christian beliefs of gamers, the majority of whom have a unique understanding of distinguishing games from reality, and take gratifying solace in the notion that it’s just being perpetrated by an ignorant minority, who blindly go through life with no understanding, and presumably little incentive to embrace unavoidable cultural choices. Modernisation and acceptance appears to have been substituted for ignorance and persecution. Homophobia as well as sexism and racism are continuing forms of discrimination that has to be eradicated, so when these grievances are put into perspective, a video game that gives users the virtual choice to have same-sex relations, to me is a step in a far more accepting diversifying, direction, and hardly the work of misleading dictatorship that encourages impressionable youths to become homosexuals.
How can a game (emphasis on the word “game!”) that bestows the player with such freedom, be anymore harmful than any other form of entertainment? There are far more terrifying incidents taking place all across the globe. War, poverty, famines, and far more besides, all of which are everyday “real” occurrences. Surely educating kids is better than merely suggesting that a life affirming preference, is inherently wrong.
How many of these complaints have been made by gamers? Well you would assume a small proportion, if any, because you would like to believe that such rudimentary opinions, would have been bellowed by ignorant fools that conceivably know little about video games, but that’s enough of my aggravated ramblings. I’m a particularly staunch observer of an industry that I’m passionate about. I feel an overwhelming duty to appease my inner grump and defend an industry from twisted misconceptions, the same industry that has given me great satisfaction over the years, and I’m sure will continue to do so. Please, there are already substantial ailments in the world without dragging video games into the continual rifts, of segregation……..
It’s just a game!