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Bleszinski: Violent game critics 'flatter' the industry

Violent games are often said to be corrupting the world's youth, but they're not the only form of media to have ever contributed to the horrid swamp of murder and debauchery we occupy today. Why, when those who are now condemning games were growing up, they too were corrupted to high hell by all that gosh durn 'rock and roll' devil music!

That's right, everything is always worse today than ever before, and everything new is contributing to the collapse of civilized society. Especially Epic Games Design Director Cliff Bleszinski, who unapologetically corrupts innocent minds with images of highly-realistic scenarios involving aliens being killed by guns with chainsaws on them.

"You know, the violence in games, the language and all those issues are issues [that], on one hand, I've always found very scary, that people are attacking the industry," said Bleszinski in a recent conversation with CVG.

"But on the other hand, I have found it somewhat flattering because it's one of those situations where the fact that people think 'ooh, big scary video games are ruining the world,' I guess, means that we're the new rock and roll, the new Elvis, the new Dungeons and Dragons, the new moving pictures."

It doesn't surprise us that Bleszinski would fancy himself a rock star, given that he suggests that he may be the "Tony Stark of videogames" in his Twitter profile. That's not even a real guy who exists. Rock stars do exist though, and while Bleszinski's rock and roll status is debatable, it's an analogy we and many others have made before in reference to the way games are treated by frightened pundits.

Bleszinski has a bit more at stake, though, as Epic and People Can Fly's upcoming Bulletstorm could be fodder for a storm of criticisms over its violent content. Sorry, I meant 'a great deal of' criticisms. Anyway, Bleszinski is prepared to defend the game, using roughly the same line as he has regarding Gears of War - it's all just good fun.

"I could talk all day about the tone of the violence in [Bulletstorm]. It's very tongue in cheek," said Bleszinski. "There wasn't any sort of process [during the game's creation] where we considered ripping off someone's head and shitting down the neck or something like that. It was all in the name of fun."

Wait, so you're saying that killing should be fun?! What are you teaching our children?! It's only a matter of time before some impressionable youngster attempts to fling a muscular, armored mutant in the air and shoot him in the head with an absurdly oversized assault rifle. Only a matter of time...

Feb 7, 2011

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17 comments

  • schiapu - August 1, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    But who defends the rights of the mutants? Who will stand for them when mutants are gunned down on the streets! God damn video games and their mutantism.
  • rockbottom - August 1, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    Bleszinski calls himself "The Tony Stark of videogames." Oh dear...
  • fatcat6 - February 9, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    "only a matter of time"....lol
  • avantguardian - February 8, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    @johnnymaverik : thank you...i can't stand how much people blow into this guy's overly inflated sense of self...i guess it is kind of fitting though, because tony stark is an ASSHOLE! it's like having a super fucked-up keith richards trying to convince your parents that the rock and roll lifestyle is good for you...he's not helping...
  • CaptainSalmon - February 8, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    You know, as much of a "douche" he is, I can't help finding myself agreeing Clifford Bleszinski an awful lot. That Tony Stark analogy is almost bloody spot on though. Might use the Rock 'n Roll metaphor next time my parents bitch at me as well.
  • JohnnyMaverik - February 8, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Meh, partly agree, partly disagree. What is for sure is that his ego is now bloating out of control, give it another month and "CliffyB" will have morphed into a black hole of self congratulation.
  • Zeb364 - February 8, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    It's true that video games are just the new thing so they're a conveinant target until something else comes alond and takes their place in the crosshairs but that doesn't make all the crap they'll take in the meantime any less annoying. Oh well, what can you do?
  • KrazyGamer - February 8, 2011 6:08 a.m.

    Love the Sarcasm when it comes to Violent Videogame Critics, Nice Article.
  • Crimmy - February 8, 2011 5:52 a.m.

    Heh, storm of criticism. I see wat u did there.
  • shadowreaper72 - February 8, 2011 5:16 a.m.

    Violent games arent going anywhere so all the people bitching need to STFU AND GTFO!!!
  • Noodlesoup69 - February 8, 2011 4:45 a.m.

    If the entire world played video games like BulletStorm, Halo, Call of Duty, and Gears of War, we could settle wars that way. Just saying.
  • Rubberducky - February 8, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    My brain is now corrupted from reading this article and I plan on committing violent acts sometime soon.
  • tuomotaivainen - February 8, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    EA definitely didn't help out gamers with their childish Dead Space 2 ads, at least this guy has a more mature approach to it.
  • g4m3rk1dd - February 8, 2011 3:03 a.m.

    "It's only a matter of time before some impressionable youngster attempts to fling a muscular, armored mutant in the air and shoot him in the head with an absurdly oversized assault rifle. Only a matter of time..." ive done it plenty already :) bulletstorm demo is beast
  • Brizee - February 8, 2011 3 a.m.

    "Wait, so you're saying that killing should be fun?! What are you teaching our children?! It's only a matter of time before some impressionable youngster attempts to fling a muscular, armored mutant in the air and shoot him in the head with an absurdly oversized assault rifle. Only a matter of time..." WHAT ARE YOU DOING MAN!! DON'T GIVE THEM IDEAS!! Just wait for it headline tommorrow "Gamesradar admits violent video games cause kids to bully and shoot physically deformed people"
  • WickedSid - February 8, 2011 2:55 a.m.

    What has happened to Society! When a kid can't enjoy some good 'ole fashioned Muscular, Armored Mutant Killing, while they're in the air by shooting them in the head with an absurdly oversized assault rifle, I just don't know, man. That, Sir, is when society has become corrupt
  • mastersword369 - February 8, 2011 2:46 a.m.

    Beautiful. These media articles are always entertaining. You should write more of these, Mr. Wilde. And ummmmm... Huuuurrrr FIRST huuuurrrrrr

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