Hatred is What Fox News Thinks Games Are

Hatred, a game about mass-murder simulation game, stirs the pot with its first gameplay trailer.

If you haven't heard of Hatred, you certainly will. The next time a lone gunman in a trenchcoat goes into a school or a mall to kill as many innocent people as they can before they die, this is going to be the game that Fox News loudly talks about alongside old staple Manhunt

What is Hatred? It's a mass-murder simulator. You play as a long-haired, trenchcoat clad dude (who looks like one of the members of Dethklok) who has decided that he wants to die violently and that the most effective way to do this is to kill as many screaming, innocent people as possible. 

Polish game developer Destructive Creations have created exactly the kind of game that the media thinks represents games as a whole. While GTA V and Saints Row and other open-world crime games allow you to go off the rails and kill civilians, in the case of Hatred this is the whole game. It was as if this game was created simply to be a point of moral outrage, to stimulate conversation about ethics. 

Destructive Creations writes on their website (after the half-hearted "don't do this, it's just a game" disclaimer): 

The question you may ask is: why do they do this? These days, when a lot of games are heading to be polite, colorful, politically correct and trying to be some kind of higher art, rather than just an entertainment – we wanted to create something against trends. Something different, something that could give the player a pure, gaming pleasure. Herecomes our game, which takes no prisoners and makes no excuses. We say ‘yes, it is a game about killing people’ and the only reason of the antagonist doing that sick stuff is his deep-rooted hatred. Player has to ask himself what can push any human being to mass-murder. 

The main character concludes his growly monologue saying "my genocide crusade begins here," but what really comes to mind is the sheer amount of controversy that this game is going to stir up. The developers write that the game is about "pure, gaming pleasure" as if the only enjoyment one gets out of games would be from mass-murder. 

Whatever their reasoning, Hatred appears to be coming. 

Former Staff Editor

Former rugby player, social media person, and occasional writer.

Published Oct. 17th 2014
  • Konfess.
    Just watched the video. I first used the phrase, “My name is not important. I am the creator of the X X X X X.” back in ‘91. If I could, I wish I could have copyrighted it. Anyways, to me the game looks like a “Diablo” clone of 1 & 2 mostly. Again to me, “Hatred” would be categorized a Hack & Slash, or Roguelike.

    Destructive Creations didn’t create the genre, but they have certainly come up with a disturbing plot line. Since “Diablo” was based on “Rogue”, “Hatred’s” pedigree would go back to the 1980’s.

    I think I can safely say, We have all played a game like "Hatred" before. Maybe the mobs weren’t defined as innocents. But the underlying game play was similar enough, and didn’t bother us at the time. You say you haven’t played this type of game? Have you played a Zelda type game?
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    To me it honestly looks a bit like a less stylish Hotline Miami as far as play goes, but we won't know until they release more information about it. I believe they're calling the game an isometric shooter, which is certainly not the first time those words have been used together.

    With that in mind, I believe the thing that people would argue they "haven't played before" is the parts of the game that feature brutal violence against civilians.
  • Konfess.
    Art isn’t always pretty. The truly sad this here, there is an audience for this. Most of the audience won't buy the game fearing being discovered or identified. Or they will just play outraged at the idea of such a game. Its easy to single out long haired heavy metal gamers, but there is another segment that enjoys this kind of fair. Clean cut police, soldiers, and firefighters.
  • Death Metal Hero
    I believe that video games are art, but Hatred? Hatred looks to be the "Piss Christ" of the video game world. Just a poor excuse for "art"
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    Anyone remember Postal?

    Are these Polish folks trying to get revenge for decades of Polish jokes?

    The point of going off the rails in GTA is usually to see how far you can go before the law puts you down. In the trailer there appeared to be only one cop, who was busy getting stabbed to death.

    Hard to imagine the sheer amount of time and effort a roomful of people put into this, knowing what the result would be. Are they wooing a specific audience? I'm very sure the developers are very aware how wrong this is and hoping to build themselves a bad-boy company image in very short time by trying to out-do everyone else.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Le sigh
  • Heiny Reimes
    Interesting article, clearly speaking out what many think/feel about these things. Although it would be great to also make comparisons to how those feelings hold up how things seem to go with the gathered facts.

    Every decennia there is something people like to put the blame on things. But it's only human to think that way, we are programmed to see patterns in life and most of the time they are correct, since that is how we survive. But looking at history it proves us that we do need to be careful and that this way of thinking does in no way always lead to the truth of the matter.

    We all know about the litteral witchhunts, or the less litteral witchhunts for communists. But there is also the blame on what people do to pass the time. It was comics in the 50s, rock and roll in the 60's, porn and hidden messages in music in the 70's, action movies and television series in the 80's and 90's and now ofcourse games.

    But till now crimerates have dropped. Like how rape went down with the coming of porn, or how violent crimes are lower and not higher when so called violent games are out there and we still need to meet the first Mortal Kombat serial killer.

    I personally look at things and blame it on bad parenting. Because if you look at countries like Japan with the most violent animations, child porn manga(lolicon) and other strange hentai stuff, the most abbussive and sexist games. One would expect it would be the Sodom and Gomorrah of this age and people would there be living in infinite terror.

    Yet we all know it's one of the most peaceful countries in the world... Almost no violence against men or women compared to 'any'other country or rapes 'compared to 'any' pther country and basically allt he things would would fully or partly dissaprove of, seems to be a point of stressrelease.

    Is Japan the best country to live in? Nah, they have their own stuff to worry about(like working to death, living in the smallest apartments you can imagine and loads of other scary stuff).

    But it's a good example in what we feel about things, does not represent how things really are in life and we need facts to validate our feelings and not the other way around.

    But it's always good to tell how you feel or think about things, because not talking about it is the worst thing for all of us. This is to me the real value of articles like this, it is to get us talking. But we need to be weary that we all can be mistaken and not to be locked behind our opinions.

    So I would say it is good to give your opinion and even better to try and understand those opinions, without feeling obligated to agree. Understanding is the key to a good society ;).
  • 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.

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