Despite Adults-Only rating, Hatred is on Steam

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Hatred is all set for release on Steam

I do believe that gaming, like all other forms of art, is a platform for freedom of expression. There are, however, games that sometimes make me question that, with Hatred being the latest example. Despite its gratuitous violence and subsequent Adults-Only rating, the isometric genocide simulator has its very own Steam page, regardless of Valve’s stance on adult restricted content.

You may recall that Hatred had a fairly chaotic Greenlight campaign. First the game was removed by Steam, only to be reinstated by Gabe Newell himself a few days later. After that it didn’t take long for the title to be Greenlit, but another hurdle stood in its way. After the game received an Adults-Only rating, its future on Valve’s platform was called into question. Steam is known not to host content with such a strict rating, but it seems even those rules aren’t set in stone.

With Hatred now having its own Steam product page, it seems everything is set for the title to launch later this year. You can’t pre-order the title just yet, but you can check out system requirements, controller support and a blurb for the it right now.

Minimum

  • OS: Windows® 7 (SP1) / Windows® 8 / Windows® 8.1 / (64-bit only)
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-750 or 3.2 GHz AMD Phenom™ II X4 955
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD5850 (1 GB VRAM)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible

Recommended

  • OS: Windows® 7 (SP1) / Windows® 8 / Windows® 8.1 / (64-bit only)
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-2400S or 4.0 GHz AMD FX-8350 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon R9 290X or better (2 GB VRAM)
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible
  • Additional Notes: Requirements may be changed in the future

Although Valve has taken a stand against Adult-Only titles in the past, the majority (if not all) have been related to sexually explicit content, and not violence. It would seem that this is the sole reason Hatred avoided the ban – although one could argue why one is far worse than the other.

The game still makes me sick down to the core, but in a way that’s the beauty of freedom of creation. If people want to play a game where you senselessly and brutally murder screaming, innocent civilians, then by all means they should be allowed to. In the same way that I, and many others, am allowed to look down on it with a certain level of disgust.

Last Updated: February 13, 2015

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

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