"This is the time of vengeance and no life is worth saving. And I will put in the grave as many as I can. It’s time for me to kill. And it’s time for me to die. My genocide crusade begins here."
The controversial game Hatred has caused quite a stir ever since it was announced a month ago. For those who haven’t heard of it still, Hatred is a free roaming, isometric shooter set on the outskirts of New York State.
So what’s so controversial about that you ask? Here’s the transcript from the trailer intro:
My name is not important. What is important is what I’m going to do. I just fu*kin’ hate this world. And the human worms feasting on its corpus. My whole life is just cold, bitter hatred. And I always wanted to die violently. This is the time of vengeance and no life is worth saving. And I will put in the grave as many as I can. It’s time for me to kill. And it’s time for me to die. My genocide crusade begins here.
You play a mentally unstable person who goes out on a killing spree.
Below is a quick email interview with the indie games developer of Hatred Jarosław Zieliński.
1) What is Hatred about?
It’s a story of the anonymous insane person, who hates humanity, grabs his gear and goes on a killing spree. This is all you know at the beginning. Where his ways will lead him – you’ll find out playing.
2) How did you come up with the idea for Hatred?
Actually – I don’t exactly remember. I was under the influence of first Postal game and was unhappy about where developers went with the series in the second one. I wanted to make something in opposite direction (more serious and more evil) and, well, simply better gameplay.
3) What makes Hatred different from other games in the same genre?
I don’t really recall a “twin stick” shooter aiming for the same level of quality as Hatred does. Maybe there is, but I don’t know it. The second thing is its setting and story. The third is the art direction.
4) Does the game promote violence, in your view?
Many things may influence violent behaviours, if they’re waiting in someone’s guts. It can be Hatred, it can be a book, it can be being dumped by a girlfriend.
5) Were you aware that the game may cause controversy?
Of course, it was part of the plan for the free marketing worldwide. But it wasn’t the main thing behind the decission of making this game, it’s just a nice addition.
6) Do you think there’s a chance Hatred may influence violent behaviour in players?
Many things may influence violent behaviours, if they’re waiting in someone’s guts. It can be Hatred, it can be a book, it can be being dumped by a girlfriend. If someone has mental issues, anything can be a trigger and release of Hatred won’t change anything in this manner. People were violent since humanity was born, while games are something really new in our history. Nazis didn’t play computer games, neither did Red Khmers.
7) How would you feel if the game got banned?
It won’t, so I don’t think about how would I feel. 🙂
8) Will your next game be about love?
Well, not exactly. 🙂
Indie Games Developer: Jarosław Zieliński – Website: destructivecreations.pl
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