Why Hatred Doesn't Deserve to be Banned

Hatred is receiving a lot of negative feedback with its violent nature, including people standing in a position to call for a ban. There's multiple reasons why that's a silly thing to do.

A violent shooter coming out in 2015, Hatred, has sparked a lot of chatter on whether or not it's surpassed the limits of what a video game should contain. The game features players giving life to a misanthropist that wants to take things into his own hands and go on a hellbent mass murdering spree.

Laughably, some people are even calling for a ban on it. These thoughts are hypocritical.

Hatred could be one of the most brilliantly titled video games to hit the market. Why? There could be more vitriol from people out there against the game than the actual main character going around and shooting everything in sight.

You'd think people would finally be over violent video games years ago, but here we are, 21 years after Doom was unleashed upon us, and people still believe they're killing simulators.

Here's a look at the gameplay trailer. Obviously it's NSFW as it contains extremely violent content and strong language.


There's a lot of angles to attack this issue from. First, people have a hard time separating opinion and fact when calling for the banishment of Hatred. Just because they don't approve of the violent content in the game doesn't mean they should be able to prevent anyone else from playing it.

People have different tastes when it comes to video games. Seriously, what's the harm of somebody playing a psychopath in a virtual world that's roaming around the streets and killing innocent people? I don't recall that being against the law.

All violent forms of media should hold responsibility

Is there research and evidence that supports long-term impacts of violent video games? You bet there is. But even in that report there's not enough research to simply bash video games and not other forms of violence in media.

What about the countless mindless horror movies that have killing innocent victims for no reason? What about all the violence in today's popular TV shows? How about all the content in books that are available for EVERYONE at a library. How about violent lyrical content in music that can be listened to on a CLOCK RADIO!

But why bring up those things when it doesn't fit a critic's diatribe of panning a video game they only spent a minute watching a trailer for. Then they spew initial reaction that should instead be thought out.

Wanting a ban is hypocritical

Everybody has a right to give their opinion on a video game, and if Hatred is something that disgusts you, go ahead and write it. But don't call for a banishment of the game. That's limiting the developer's creativity.

It's essentially being a hypocrite. What if somebody was going to limit Person A's ability to write because Person B didn't believe Person A was socially correct in his writing? That's pretty dumb. And in contrast, it's not like the developer, Destructive Creations, actually believes in this stuff. It's entertainment.

It may amaze some people, but the widely critically acclaimed Journey isn't for everyone either. While I agreed with the public and loved the game, some people do consider it a complete waste of time. Believe it or not, some people will love Hatred.

Nobody should want a ban on an overly excessive violent video game. Don't restrict content just because it's not on a personal approval list.

Image credit: Games.com

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Published Oct. 28th 2014
  • Jade Arsenault
    Contributor
    Well, after watching the trailer I can say that it is definitely not my cup of tea, but all I'm interested in is not playing it. I don't see the point in banning, I've seen far worse in movies, which seem to be far easier for a younger audience to obtain.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I agree with you completely but personally I think they're calling for a ban thanks to the clueless amounts of parents who may end up purchasing the game for their kid who will then scream bloody hell. Again this is where we come down to the issue about ratings and being informed. Personally, Hatred is a game I'm interested in just for the fact someone finally stepped out of the norm, plus I'm an adult who can purchase/play the game. However, my 14 y/o son won't be no matter how much he begs.
  • Brian Spaen
    Featured Correspondent
    That's a good point. There certainly needs to be a large number of warnings on this game, including the responsibility of retailers to let everybody know what the game is about just in case a parent is giving this game to a kid. Critics should focus on informing the public better than just wanting to ban it. We've had controversial games before -- Manhunt, Postal 2, even Conker's Bad Fur Day -- and personally I think they all contained plenty of warnings in-game and on the box. If a parent can't figure it out, then they probably shouldn't be raising a kid.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    My feelings exactly.
  • Benjamski
    Contributor
    Truth--but a problem that I keep thinking of is that not since Postal 2 can I think of a game that was so readily a perfect clip for "let's roll that why games are murder simulators b-roll" on Fox News. At least in Postal 2 you could argue that your objective was to buy milk at the store and it's up to you how you do it. This game is clearly inspired by and reenacting actual senseless acts of violence, which in the form specifically of school and otherwise mass shootings, have been especially pervasive in recent events.

    Don't misunderstand me, they have every right to make this game and should--but I'm not going to pin a gold star on their chest for making it.

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