Thursday, December 12, 2013

Little Logic In Press Release About First Person Shooters

This is an interesting press release from Disrupted Logic Interactive, a company based on Vancouver Canada that specializes in the delivery of games, content, technology, and online services for phones and tablets. So why they released this, I don’t know. Maybe it’s to get more publicity? Maybe it’s to help boost their own company sales amongst other gaming developers. I don’t know. But it’s an odd thing for a business to put these statements out as a press release, instead of “well, here is what we think.” 

So what’s it about? Well Disrupted Logic feels that gun violence is killing first person shooter games. That the violence in games is being looked to as a cause of real-world violence, instead of a reflection on reality. That seems like a “no duh” statement, but again, they felt the need to put that into a press release. Because we all know better. Since the beginning stirrings of entertainment that included any form of violence, people were concerned about how it would affect children. Theater, books, music, movies, television, and comic books have all gone down this road, and still continue to be questioned-though not as harshly as video games. We’re the new kids in town so we’re going to get picked on a lot more until another popular medium of entertainment that will last our lifetime, comes along and usurps the throne.

Disrupted Logic backs up its claim with statistic about the falling violent crime rates in the U.S. and general crime has been steadily going down while video game sales continue to increase. If anything, gaming violence is helping reduce real violence.

The argument that gamers are incapable of making the distinction between reality and fantasy is ridiculous.” Tom Raycove CEO.

Again, I don’t know what the company is trying to achieve by making this into a press release. Either they’re attempting to stir up business or someone got up their butts and this is their response. *shrugs*

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