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UK MPS and campaigners call Detroit: Become Human “sick and repulsive”

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I’m not the biggest David Cage fan. While I’ve genuinely enjoyed his games (and all of those EMMOOOOTIOOONNNSSSS), I think as a writer, he veers towards the sentimental and the schlocky. Earlier this year, a presentation for his latest game, Detroit: Become Human came under fire, because it used the abuse of children as a way to show its branching choices.

There was a storm in a teacup about that presentation within games media circles, with a fair bit of criticism, especially given how Cage has handled serious, sensitive material in the past. Still, without context or clarity, it’s hard to say if its depiction is gratuitous. Now, it’s spilt over into politics.

Now, UK MPS and Anti-abuse campaigners have criticised the game for its depictions of domestic violence – calling for those depictions of child abuse to be withdrawn.

“It is completely wrong for domestic violence to be part of a video game regardless of what the motivation is. Domestic violence is not a game and this simply trivialises it,” says UK Conservative MP and chairperson of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Damian Collins.

“It’s dangerous to plant the seed in people’s minds that the way to deal with abusers is to use violence against them. It’s counter-productive and could put them in even more danger.”

Childline founder Dame Esther Rantzen called the game “sick and repulsive.”

‘Violence against children is not entertainment. It’s not a game. It’s a real nightmare for thousands of children who have to live through these kinds of scenarios. The makers of this game should be thoroughly ashamed. I think it’s perverse. Who thinks beating a child is entertainment?’

This is the sort of vilifying of video games we haven’t seen since infamous GTA-hater Jack Thompson was disbarred. As for the game’s impact? We’ll have to see how it all fits into the game’s context when it’s out next year. This sort of controversy is the sort of advertising you couldn’t buy.

Last Updated: December 4, 2017


  1. Aries

    December 4, 2017 at 17:55

    But its ok to for real people to abuse each every day then, oh and not to mention the shit in series and movies, but hey it just a game or show


  2. RinceThis

    December 4, 2017 at 20:36

    oh get off your horses


  3. Magu

    December 5, 2017 at 07:10

    An opinion likely only from those who don’t yet realize that gaming surpasses entertainment.


  4. Skittle

    December 5, 2017 at 07:18

  5. Original Heretic

    December 5, 2017 at 08:22

    UK MP’s are getting worse and worse. It’s freakin’ ludicrous how they want to point fingers at things they don’t understand in order to vilify them.
    As if they themselves are glowing examples of how people should be….


  6. Allykhat

    December 5, 2017 at 08:46

    I hope they realize that giving a game bad press just spurrs more people to play it…

    Don’t push that button!! – Urge to push button intensifies.

    Don’t play this game! It’s sick and repulsive! – I love me some sick and repulsive… let’s have a look see, shall we?


  7. Peter Pan

    December 5, 2017 at 09:18

    I am pretty sure the developers knew exactly what they were doing when they released the trailer. Personally, the trailer didn’t create any need in me to play the game, but hey, neither do sports games.


  8. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    December 5, 2017 at 10:25

    Smart politicians.

    Catering to the current society of over-sensitive-bitch-fitters.


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