Last night, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric covered Rockstar Game's new ultraviolent Manhunt 2.
In their "Eye on Technology" segment, Daniel Sieberg, the "tech reporter" with obligatory geek-chic black glasses and highlighted spiky hair, went over the gameplay, showed some footage, and interviewed a few gamers, a video game reviewer, a media watchdog, and a child pychologist.
All in all, the report was fine. Manhunt 2 is an ultraviolent game that is only suited for adults; there's no argument there.
There are a few things that caught my eye, though and I'll lay them out in handy bullet form:
- Where were you people when Manhunt came out? Why the focus now? Because the Wii has upped the publics' awareness of games?
- Why no focus on violent media in general? Ever seen a Saw movie?
- The suggestion that somehow wagging the Wii Remote allows you to "act out the violence," and therefore makes the violence more real, is silly. Flicking a white remote in the air does not make for good weapons training and does not make the separation of reality and fantasy any more fragile.
- The focus on Nintendo is odd, particularly when the game is also coming out for the PS2 and will most likely sell better on that system.
- Katie's comment at the end peeved me. "Why anyone would want to play that creepy, disturbing game is beyond me." That could be applied to so many things, like horror movies or novels. Many people don't understand the draw of another's entertainment choice, but it's not for the evening news anchor to comment on that.
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