Exclusive: Bulletstorm - The comments Fox News didn't use
In their latest swipe at the games industry, Fox News targeted Bulletstorm for its over-the-top tongue-in-cheek violence calling it the "worst game ever".
In their search for experts to comment on the game for their article they chose one Carol Liebermann who blamed games for a rise in instances of rape and Dr Jerry Weichman - who claimed that violent video games can damage younger children. Neither cited any studies or concrete evidence to back up their claims.
Another person they approached to pass comment on Bulletstorm was industry consultant and presenter of web TV show Game Theory, Scott Steinberg. They chose not to use his comments but he has since contacted us to offer up his responses to Fox's piece.
In response to their claim that Bulletstorm goes too far Steinberg answered: "No because it's an unapologetically and straightforwardly satirical game meant for discerning adults that's written in the vernacular of the times and speaks in a cultural context that's the same as that its target audience has long been indoctrinated in by mainstream media and pop culture. From Saw to South Park, look at what passes for modern entertainment at the movies or on basic cable, let alone on the Internet this isn't the first blockbuster (or big-budget game, for that matter) to aim below the belt or slather on the salty language."
He continued: "Yes, it's shameless, but also knowingly so, because it actively aims to parody much of both the gaming field and larger cultural zeitgeist's more asinine elements. The designers make no secret of their intentions, or to whom the title caters The Oregon Trail, this isn't. The giant M for Mature rating on the front of the box says it all: Only discerning adults need apply."
He also pointed out that Bulletstorm is far from the worst example of video game violence adding: "BulletStorm just happens to be one of many examples that fall into the category of games for mature audiences, but its hardly among the more head-turning ones, as those whove played previous outings such as human prey simulator Manhunt 2 can attest."
On how to solve the problem of making sure kids were playing games appropriate for their age group Steinberg was also pretty clear: "The answer, as ever, lies in education: Being acutely aware of what and how your children play, and the manner in which they do so, which requires maintaining an open-minded perspective and taking the time to spend time with your kids, their games and the systems which play these titles."