Bulletstorm under fire by clinical psychologists

first_imgEven before Bulletstorm’s February 22 release date the “M” for mature rated game is under fire. Clinical psychologists are complaining it is too violent and carries sexual explicit language that could be damaging to the younger generation if they got hold of a copy of the game.With Bulletstorm featuring frequent F-words, rewards for shooting bad guys in their private parts, and a skill shot system that uses sexual references i.e. “topless” equals cutting a player in half and “gang bang” equals killing multiple enemies, it’s not hard to see why the game is coming under fire.Dr. Jerry Weichman, clinical psychologist at the Hoag Neuroscience Institute in California, believes that:If a younger kid experiences Bulletstorm’s explicit language and violence, the damage could be significant. Violent video games like Bulletstorm have the potential to send the message that violence and insults with sexual innuendos are the way to handle disputes and problems. Also Carol Lieberman, another psychologist and book author, feels that similar acts highlighted in the above game have led to real-world sexual violence:The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of sexual scenes in video games. Violence in video games has always caused arguments, which is one of the reasons why games of this nature are governed by a rating of “M” for mature by The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). This system allows parents to see what games are not suitable for their children, however a lot of analysts believe that the system is rubbish because it is not enforced at retail.Melanie Killen, a professor at the University of Maryland has been one such person to push for tighter laws on the sale of videogames. She believes that 9-year-olds are playing games similar to Bulletstorm and there is no real enforcement and no fixed penalties for retailers who are selling the games to kids.However, this is not entirely true as California law now makes it illegal for a merchant to sell a “M” rated game to a minor, and if caught they face a $1,000 fine. Yet the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has been trying to overturn this law with Hal Halping, the president of the above company telling Fox News that:Between a great ratings system, parental controls on the consoles and the major retailers inhibiting the sale of Mature-rated games to minors, the matter is really one for parents and adults to consider, individually. I respect the creative rights of game developers to make a game like Bulletstorm in the same way that I appreciate Quentin Tarantino’s right to make over-the-top movies like Kill Bill. Either way the arguments will continue on both sides and no doubt you will have your own opinions about this, but you can judge for yourself to some degree by checking out this trailer.Read more at Fox Newslast_img read more