A Letter to Fox News: Bulletstorm, The Worst Videogame

Dear Fox News,

           I have read your article on the multiplatform video game entitled ‘Bulletstorm’. I must say, it was a rather amusing article full of misquotes and asinine drivel. In it you ask if the aforementioned title is “the worst video game”. You build your argument on the basis that it is meant for children despite the fact that the ESRB has rated the game “Mature 17+”.

           You single this game out mainly because of a “skill kill” system incorporated into it that awards people with phrases that entail sexual innuendo for killing an enemy. One that comes to mind is called “Topless” and is awarded for severing the enemy’s torso. While this could be seen detrimental to a child, this game is not marketed to this audience. It is not viewed as suitable (in the U.S.) for anyone under the age of 17. Accordingly, retailers such as Gamestop, for the most part, will not sell them to people who look under the age and are unable to provide identification proving they are of age.

            You further this by bringing in psychological professionals. Asking them questions that are clearly meant to promote your agenda. One such case comes from a “Billy Pidgeon”. In his statement he provides information stating that such a game, as violent as it may be, will not likely be sold to minors. However, the only part of his statement you included was that of “Games without sufficient quality of gameplay — games that include highly objectionable violent or sexual content — often pump up the level of this kind of content to gain media attention. This tactic typically fails, as can be seen in the poor sales performance of titles such as BMX XXX, and, Postal”.

            One must ask themselves, “Why, when these games are clearly meant for adults, does Fox News find fit to report issues a game can cause children?”. Indeed, why? Should you not instead attack the government for not enforcing distribution laws? Alcohol and pornography cannot be legally sold to a minor. Lest a fine will be incurred. A child is not permitted to enter a movie theater for a R-Rated film alone. Then why should a video game meant for ‘mature audiences’ then be able to be sold to a child without any retribution aside from a disgruntled parent?

            Perhaps you should focus on these points instead of the ‘evils of video games’.

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