Hatred is back on Steam Greenlight

The game Hatred was taken off Steam Greenlight earlier and now seems to be back onto the platform. It was taken off it seems due to the content found within the game, an ultra-violent, genocide crusade that gets to the point of simply saying this guy just wants to kill people. (I wrote about it getting taken off Steam Greenlight here.)

According to Destructive Creations, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell (Gaben, the man, the legend…I’ll stop now) apologized to the developer for the game being removed from Steam Greenlight. The developer of Hatred published the following email from Newell to Destructive Creations creative director Jaroslaw Zielinski on Facebook. (Source: Polygon)

Hi, Jaroslaw.

Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn’t up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn’t a good decision, and we’ll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.

Good luck with your game.

Gabe

I’m extremely glad that Hatred was put back onto Steam Greenlight, despite my lack of interest in playing the game. The game has no reason to not be allowed onto the platform and has a right to be played by others on the largest platform for PC games. I’m glad that Steam/Valve/Gaben made a change here and allowed this game to have an opportunity to be played for those who want to play it (and plenty of people are interested in the game, there is a market for it).

I was afraid that Steam was going to fall into the trap of being “politically correct” (whatever that means) or catering to the overly “offended”(whatever that means) culture or something of that sorts and I’m glad that they did not. I don’t want developers/publishers to cater to a culture based upon subjectively being “offended” by video games. That is a type of world I don’t want to live in, vote with your wallets and stop being offended.

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On Hatred: Why are gamers offended by it?

Hatred. It’s a game. And it’s coming out. And you kill things in it. And apparently that is bad because there isn’t a justification for that killing. Why is that suddenly a problem? Is it a problem? Personally, I don’t think so. I realize I’m a bit late to be formally commenting on Hatred, considering the trailer came out a couple weeks ago, but I still think it’s worth discussing regardless.

The trailer is essentially a complete psychopath going on a “genocide crusade,” killing people for absolutely no reason and he does not care if he dies either (as most psychopaths usually don’t care). It appears to be a top-down shooter of sorts. Hell, it might not even be good; amongst the anger people feel about the game, it could just be a generic top-down shooter that isn’t even memorable. Is this trailer using shock value in order to get attention? Absolutely. But here’s a thought, the people who are complaining about it and are angry about it and are talking about it loudly, aren’t you just helping this game get exactly what it wants? You could just, I don’t know, ignore the game? Maybe I’m crazy, but that seems to make the most sense to me. I’m personally commenting on the game because I’m not offended by the game whatsoever.

Why exactly am I not offended by the game? Well, have you ever played GTA and enjoyed shooting civilians? Or played Call of Duty and just enjoyed shooting at stuff? Or hey, played Uncharted where a guy murders plenty of people because he is the “hero?” I mean come on, why is this game even an issue with people? You are already doing exactly what this game expresses in other games! Is the concept slightly different by outright saying, “this is a game where the main character is a crazy psychopathic murderer who is killing for the sake of killing?” Yes, yes it is. But should we really care? I don’t think so. We’ve played so many games already where we senselessly murder people, as I already mentioned. But why is everyone so riled up about this anyhow?

Well, time to get political! Unfortunately, we live in this world where most things are deemed “politically incorrect” or “offensive,” (whatever that even means) so all the people who get offended by stupid garbage all the time are going to get offended by Hatred, but will willing defend GTA or Uncharted to the people who think all video games are “violent.” It’s extremely hypocritical and the excuse is, “but those games have stories!” Oh who cares? First off, GTA’s story isn’t exactly…umm…that great. It isn’t. It’s mostly stupid and over the top. All right, Uncharted has more of a story but regardless; the guy is still murdering 1,000s of people in his journey for treasure or something. But apparently the game where it is willing to skip the bullshit and just outright say, “this game is about murdering people…virtually,” is “offensive.” It’s silly and petty and a really crappy and useless argument without much basis. It’s being offended for the sake of being offended. Play Hatred. Don’t play Hatred. Ignore Hatred. Get angry about Hatred. I don’t care. I’m not going to play it simply because I don’t really care to play it, not because I’m super offended by a fucking video game.

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Oldboy (2003) Movie Review

 

Oldboy. It is almost impossible to talk about this film without spoiling it but I’ll try my best not to. Oh Dae-Su (Choi Min-sik) is kidnapped and placed in a solitary confinement in an unknown prison-like area. He is trapped for 15 years. Isolated. No human contact. All he has is a TV, food brought to him, and a bathroom within in the room. He hasn’t a clue why he is trapped. He just is. At one point very early on in the film as he is watching TV, he learns that his wife has been murdered and that he is somehow the prime suspect. After this 15 year period, he is let go and is on a rooftop in the middle of nowhere. Now, his mission is to get revenge, violent, bloody revenge and try to piece together why he was kidnapped. To me, this is the definitive psychological thriller, the entire movie takes you on twists and turns, you have no idea where it might go next, it isn’t afraid to get to the darkest place possible, beat you up as the viewer emotionally, and beat up the characters emotionally.

The camera style is completely unique. At times, it’ll feel like a guerilla style of filmmaking. And in particular, there is an incredible fight sequence that feels like a 2D style beat-em up video game with how it’s shot in what appears to be a single take, it’s different, unique, and absolutely incredible. The acting is superb on all fronts, each actor embodies their role, no matter how psychotic things get. The soundtrack is also top notch with a score that certainly fit’s the emotional levels on the film. But, most importantly are the twists. This movie takes you for such a ride, one that’ll I wish I could experience again with my memory completely wiped because of how good it was. It is in the realm of Fight Club in terms of how great the twists are, if not better.

It hits on a lot of emotional fronts with it’s characters. They are deep and sophisticated, even if it takes awhile to get to there emotional core, it is well worth it. The fact is, a man that has been isolated for 15 years is going to have complex emotions, confusion, anger, tension, everything under the sun. And it plays in the favor of the film in nearly everyway, allowing for an extraordinarily memorable and unique character. For some inexplicable reason (not really…Hollywood just wants money), this movie is getting remade (and actually being released in like 3 days as of posting). My suggestion, fuck the remake. Just go watch this great Korean film on Netflix right now with subtitles on. There isn’t a single reason why this movie needs to be remade. Essentially, stop being lazy and watch some subtitles is what I’m trying to tell you (besides if you completely ignore foreign films, you are missing out). Overall, this movie is a ride, a strange, unique experience that you won’t forget soon, it’ll stick with you, it gets crazy, psychotic, and hit’s the breaking points of a human being.

5/5 stars.