The the Line Drawn in the Sand

Recently, a few articles popped out at me.  One was briefly about the Steam network banning the title, “Rape Day”, which was a hit to their unstable company to customer relationship, in regards to censorship.  But I felt it was 100% RIGHT MOVE, on their part.  The game literally centralizes itself on gratuitous sexual violence.  So yeah, definitely not something we need as a game or really anything beyond what has been done already.

Personally, I think Rockstar crossed the line when they added a interactive torture scene in Grand Theft Auto V.  Sure, they weren’t doing it to push the boundaries, but maybe to see how a player would respond to torturing someone in-game.  It was sort like the Milgram Experiment, you didn’t necessarily have a choice unless you progressed.  Then again, maybe you did if you’d stopped playing.

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-Rockstar Games

GTA has always been the benchmark on how far games will go and I’ve yet to see the series or any other game (that wasn’t considered pornographic or hentai) add a rape as a gameplay element.  Why?!  Because that is where 99% of people will draw the “line in the sand.”  It’s one thing to have it portrayed as a negative point in a narrative, but a direct interaction is almost a perpetuation of the crime itself.

Now a couple days ago I read about Devil May Cry 5’s western censorship.

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Courtesy of Dualshockers

All I can say is, WHAT THE HELL IS THE PROBLEM???  It’s just a woman’s bare ass!  Not only that, it’s more like a half-moon!  Go watch an episode of “The Simpsons” and you’ll see more nudity there, male and female.  For the longest time, nudity and sexual censorship has been a real head-scratching topic for me.  It’s probably because I was an amateur artist in my high school days.  Or maybe it’s the fact, that I learned about art from books about popular artists of the Italian Renaissance. (Like the painting by Rafael seen below)

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Why is the human body, man or woman, so scary?!  Isn’t sex one of our many necessary functions as human beings?!

Now I understand that children are never to be associated with the coupling of two human beings, outside the subject of birth.  It is just something we don’t do, so we protect our children by parenting.  Which stems from the lessons of our history, that are projected through previous generations to keep us protected until we are ready.   However, parents and adults cannot protect their children forever, as the world has its ways of revealing the fact of life:  anatomy, death, sexuality and violence.  Which is why we should be there for them, to give them the proper guidance on the realities of life.

I was roughly 11 years old, when I had my first exposure to graphic violence.  It was a boring Saturday and I ended up crashing on my living room couch.  I’d slept a bit, to just about 9pm, when my brother and sister popped in the movie “Friday the 13th”.  (both were 15 and 19 at the time)  Before they’d started it, I was told to get out and that the movie was too scary for me.

However, I was a bit of a hard-head and thought that I was big enough to watch a scary film.  After all, I’d seen Poltergeist and The Ghostbusters, there couldn’t been anything scarier than that.  Clearly you know where this is going, right?

I spent the entire movie hiding underneath the pillow with occasional peaks at the screen.  But the pillow didn’t save me from the terrifying sound effects of Jason stalking the inhabitants of Camp Crystal Lake.  Which was further intensified by the screams that fell victim to him, until the inevitable conclusion of the film.  Hiding wasn’t an option, it was almost as if I was being stalked Jason himself.  Yet just when I was told “it was over”, but it wasn’t, as the final moments tell you – “he’s still out there”

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How many of you are looking behind your shoulders right now?

It was a harrowing first experience to nothing I’d ever seen before and it left me with nightmares for a while.  That is until I had a talked with my mom and dad, which quickly resulted in my two siblings getting their ass chewed out.  But after that, I’d realized that the movie was only fiction, just like any other movie or show.

The same thing happened when my mom found some of my nude sketches in my early-teens.  We talked and she gave me the guidance I needed to fully understand my own sexuality.  Her words were of encouragement; more for my art, than the sexual interest towards the body of a woman.

Turning back to how we view violence and sexuality in the modern media.  It seems as though a naked body or sexual relations are considered shameful, almost like Queen Cersei’s “Walk of Shame”  Which is why, I absolutely love HBO, Showtime and many other networks remember that sex and nudity can be an integral part of the narrative and art itself.  As a matter of fact, sexuality and our own bodily experiences come much more naturally than events of rage, trauma and violence.

Yet, I can play the remake of Resident Evil 2; where limbs are shot off, people are torn in half and crushed to death.  (Not saying the portrayal was a bad thing, the remake is PHENOMINAL!)  I’d say this game is, the 2nd most graphic depiction of violence I’ve ever seen in my 30 years of gaming.  (Whereas Mortal Kombat X is #1)  But the violence depicted really suits the game and truly amplified the horror experience.  Now God forbid that we see a bare-naked lady’s ass, genitalia or a full-on sex scene in an M-rated video game!  Because that is just too graphic for us compute.

The line in the sand is drawn only few meters when I step onto the beach in regards to sexual content, yet the other line is being washed away by the tide.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ON THIS?

What are you saying?! Why are you doing this?! – Ground Rules for a future foundation.

Recently, I’ve noticed that my audience is either silent lurkers, occasional likers of my material and the rare person commenting on what I post HERE.  It’s irritating, and I know I may NEVER reach Rachael Ray status ANYTIME IN THE EXISTENCE OF TIME, but having comments and people talking would be nice.

First off, I focus on posting about VIDEO GAMES, why?  Isn’t that what everyone is doing?! Can you be a little original, you say?  Well, yes, maybe and I dunno.

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Image credit – http://www.liquidagency.com

 

Playing video games is my outlet from the stress of work, family life, etc.  It’s an outlet I do for my enjoyment.  Another outlet that has been severely neglecting is my writing.  (Which I will get back to later) So, one plus one equals two (or ONE, if your a Led Zeppelin fan) and here I am trying to perfect a craft.  I don’t post here because its going to make me ANY money or profit and don’t foresee that EVER really happening.  (If it does, it’ll be a blessing!)  I do this because I LOVE TELLING and SHARING STORIES and well…. TALKING.  Along with that, I share with no restraint from vulgarity, censorship or moderation.  (Except mad trolls and SPAM)

Sure, everyone has video game blogs today, hell the Nintendo generation is in THIRTIES and the Atari in its FORTIES.  We’re all creating families, growing old and carrying the load like our generations before.  Except we carry a controller in hand and not a TV remote, as our time passing activity.  Outside the life I live with my family, this is what I enjoy and I bring you my experiences, with my sense of humor and perspective.

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Yep, WE OLD!!  Ladies, I’m being the gentleman on this one,                  gracefully excusing you from the pic. 🙂                  geekdad.com

I don’t censor my work because too much of the world is censored as is.  You won’t find me starting any campaigns to stop censorship, but you can bet your ass I will express whatever I want on here.  I’m against it, with the exception of keeping content away from kids, that aren’t ready for that kind of exposure.

Originality is what I strive to have on here.  After doing this for 4 months, I’ve seen a vast array of videogame blogs.  Most are filler…and it’s disappointing.

Many regurgitate the same news articles that 30 other globally known videogame websites have already BEAT TO DEATH on their perspective.  I don’t do news, ITS DEPRESSING, in the real world and BORING in the videogame world.  All it does, is build hype and lets us down so many times.  Sure there are exceptions, such as a title that delivers as promised, but that isn’t what is always happening, IS IT?!

This is my site and personally, I’m against it!

Reviews are a big one, too!  Like assholes, everyone has one…or two. (reviews…not assholes)  There is far too much abuse of the 1-10 scales.  Many average gamers will only pay attention to 8-10 rated games…WHICH IS ABSURD!!!!!!  Don’t get me wrong, user reviews are the way to go, if your going to review a game.  After all this is where the recognized game news publishers FAIL HARD!  (Face it, they’re paid off just as much as your veteran politicians in office.)

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FAIL HARD….LIKE DIE HARD!!!!  Cred – Sploidgif

User or peer reviewed games and media ARE THE WAY to go and they give you more of a real score than wastes of space that actually get paid to do this for a living.  But I refuse to do any grading or ranking of any games on here.  However, you will get mini reviews, recommendations of WHAT I FEEL you may want to keep, rent or stay away from.  But that’s as far as I go!

Honestly, I’m SO TIRED of the PLAGIARISM that is so rampant on the net.  I’ll give you a perfect example.  Recently, I was offered to work with another site, where I would submit articles to his site.  First, this was pro-bono work (fo’ free!!) and in exchange, the guy would bring traffic to the site.  My side of the deal was, that I’d have to post news articles TWICE A DAY on his site, which after really looking at his site after joining I realized I would’ve been doing all of the work.  This would’ve been fine, but he didn’t want news or  opinions from what I read on a DIALY BASIS, he wanted rewrites; I.E. PLAGIARISM.  After about a month, he wanted a review of a game.  What he gave me was something I couldn’t work with; a PC game.  I just don’t do PC games, they’re just too high maintenance and I have a shit computer.  I really tried to get it to work so I could do my job, but it NEVER worked, so that went out the door.  Ultimately, I let the guy boot me from the site, because I simply had NO LOVE FOR HIS SITE, none, zero, zilch, NO MAS!!!!  Everything he wanted me to do there was against my purpose of writing…IT TRULY WAS!  So I’m glad things turned out that way.

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This was exactly how I felt when I was working there.

As for original content.  I’ve got a few ideas.  One is posting a share or a reblog of sites I enjoy.  Obviously, I reblog good articles and give you my take on them.  None of these are original.  But what is original is my gaming impressions and perspectives as I play along with them.  Second are my real life experiences and how they relate to me, gaming and just being a father and husband.

At some point, I will start featuring an artist in relationship to games.  (either music-related or literal art…good artist)  This will be where, I’ll give a rundown of their good works and maybe get you amped up enough to go check em out, giving them a little more support in the progress.  This also goes for fellow gaming bloggers out there, whenever I see something I like, you know I’ll share them, giving them a plug too.

Most of the content will always be my impressions of video games.  Whenever I play the bigger games that take more love and attention such RPGs and big sandbox.  If it’s a sports or online only games, I usually don’t go too in depth with them and only give a general overview of.

Outside of games, you’ll get my normal life happenings, funny things I go through and sometimes a bit of sharing my personal life concerns.

I know there are a few returning readers here and by now, you know what kind of content I bring to the table, so I’ll always keep it coming!  The rest is there in the descriptions, under my profile.  Enjoy all I have to share with you guys!