Watch Moral Kombat for free online, probably get angry in the process

Above: The producers were classy enough to channel 9/11

Spencer Halpin, the director of 2009 documentary Moral Kombat, took a lot of flak from gamers for interviewing family values crusaders like Jack Thompson and David Walsh alongside industry representatives such as American McGee and Oddworld Inhabitants' Lorne Lanning. For a long time the ire stemmed only from the widely circulated trailer, but now the entire movie's available for free streaming for you to make up your own mind.

Halpin's response to unappreciative gamers was that he didn't make the movie for them. The idea was to present the issues to soccer moms and men-in-the-street who didn't know the first thing about the debate, rather than long-time players who had too much skin in the game to feign objectivity. Besides, who'd have thought that a movie trailer would highlight the most shit-stirring aspects of the movie it was trying to lure audiences into seeing?

But if there's one thing better than being talked to, it's being talked about – so now that the entire movie's viewable on Hulu (as well as iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network), you've basically got no excuse not to sit down and sort out the inconvenient truths from the tiresome scaremongering. At worst, you'll find a few new Jack Thompson quotes to paste ironically into your forum signature, right?

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  • HawtKakez - August 13, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    Just finished watching this film last night and let it be known that the trailer isn't what the movie is overall. To be frank, this movie was not biased in its message. Both sides of the argument got plenty of screen time and neither side was the portrayed as a victor. Also, keep in mind that this movie's real focus is about children and nothing else. If you're sick and tired of hearing "won't someone please think about the children", then I wouldn't recommend viewing this. One of the biggest flaws of this film was the overuse of computer generated cinematics which become downright obnoxious twenty minutes into the film. Overall, I found this movie not as a put down on gaming but an intelligent analysis of the situation and an enlightening view of what is the fear mongering and what is really happening in our medium. Do not be afraid of this film, it is not the worst that there can be. However, be annoyed by the intro of the film where you watch children playing on a beach in the credits.
  • hazelam - August 13, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    only available in the us, fucking figures. most businesses are all about globalisation, except the ones where it makes the most sense, those that run on the internet.
  • purple_omlet - August 13, 2010 2:19 a.m.

    WE ARE NOT WHAT WE PRETEND TO BE YOU FUCKING RETARDS! If that were true, then Jack Nicholson would be a maniac trying to kill the Batman, Mark Hamill would use the force to get to work, and my friend Phil would be an all-star basketball player. Shit's not gonna happen.
  • FNG - August 12, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    Wow, just finished and it actually is pretty unbiased and fair. ReCaptcha: 1918, gracced
  • GOD - August 12, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    Haha, no.
  • FNG - August 12, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    I'm watching the movie now, and it isn't as one-sided as the trailer is. NOTE: I haven't seen one reference to the wii. ReCaptcha: myerstr (n=70)
  • TanookiMan - August 12, 2010 4:05 p.m.

    I agree, the trailer looks pretty bad. But I just finished watching it on Hulu. It's not a glowing endorsement of the games industry, but it's actually not condemning it either. Honestly, dare I say it, I found it pretty unbiased. It really just presents a forum for people to soapbox back and forth. And Jack Thompson is as wacky as ever... Also fun to watch for, the guy who compares videogames to pron, alcohol, and guns. he was pretty ridiculous.
  • ChrisCultista - August 12, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    So it is ok until Jack Thompson comes on and talks about Columbine. "A COMPUTER MOUSE IS JUST LIKE FIRING A REAL GUN! HURRRRRRRRR!" "I ARE KICKED OUT OF LAW! WHAT?!?! HURRRRR!"
  • pollenski - August 12, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    Games are now regulated and given a rating, parents are as to blame for letting kids play unsuitable material as they are for letting them watch unsuitable films, although arguably there's more targeted advertising at children in games. I do wonder sometimes why books don't have a 'certificate' as I was reading positively pornographic and incredibly violent books at the age of about 8 (Tom Sharpe, also VERY funny), but it's a short-lived ponder for me as the bible/q'uran/holy books wouldn't get under an '18/R' rating (incest/genocide/etc etc) and the religious groups that run most countries and put forward films like this need to capture the attention of children (whilst their minds are more suggestible) in exactly the way they hate other money-making industries from doing. Oh sorry, thought this was the atheist comment board, my bad.
  • Woodsey - August 12, 2010 2:26 p.m.

    "We are what we pretend to be"!? We better lock up Jack Nicholson for being an axe-wielding psycho then. What a load of sh*t, these guys are shameless.
  • Calculatrice - August 12, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    @Metroidhunter32: Exactly. You could make a similar documentary on movies if you did what they did here. All that would have to be done was gather, say, Kick ass, the Dark Knight, Halloween and a few other selected violent movies and you could make a point that movies should be banned. And they take the entire thing out of context, also. Yes, Mass Effect lets you shoot someone in the head for not obeying. But the situation? He's crazed, he's irrational and getting violent himself. Yes, Bioshock leads to the main character beating a man to death with a golf club. But it's to make an intelligent statement on real power over one's existence, not mindless violence for the sake of it. Yes, those who participated in the columbine massacre played Doom; But that's the same as linking the flight simulator to the world trade center. I bet the columbine gunners also played board games when they were young children, maybe played pretend with sticks acting as guns when they were eight or so. But that doesn't mean it caused anyone to kill students, and you can't link Doom to the killings anymore than the kind of sandwiches they liked. Just as you can't link MS flight simulator as what allowed terrorist attacks.
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 12, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    And as always, he mentions only the worst, the most controversial. Did he mention Flower? Okami? Something that handles the violence and sex maturly like SMT? No, GTA, and other such limitless violences. Also, on the flight simulator thing you CAN, doesn't mean you want to, or even think of it. Games need a single guy who will represent them so we don't just look like a bunch of unorginzed morons being faced down by lawyers, and college proffesors.
  • Jadernader - August 12, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    i lol'd, mostly after it was over and all the other videos Youtube recommended were for Mortal Kombat also at the government regulate video games part
  • AznNguyen72 - August 12, 2010 10:06 a.m.

    What a load of biased crap!
  • Sebastian16 - August 12, 2010 9:28 a.m.

    @PWNR Haha, same here, I didn't even realize the 't' was missing until I saw your comment >_>
  • Eaxis - August 12, 2010 8:26 a.m.

    I was bloody outraged by the trailer, so fuck this movie and people who sell their crap by painting it gold.
  • ACGUY - August 12, 2010 6:52 a.m.

    Fuck Jack Thompson.
  • Illumini - August 12, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    I doubt that to the average Soccer Mom or Joe Sixpack, this film will mean anything. People have a habit of excusing facts that contradict their current views. This whole controversy is nothing new. First the radio was going to corrupt America's children, then comic books, then violent movies. Video games are just getting their turn in what is a bit like a hazing ritual. I guarantee, one day, there will be quite a few people who frequent this site that will be complaining about how the FutureTech3000 Electronic Entertainment Medium is a machine produced by Lucifer himself.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 12, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    Think of the children! Won't anyone think of the children?! So, who's right? Am I purging violent impulses via games, or am I breeding them within me?
  • Brutus - August 12, 2010 4:21 a.m.

    Well that was a movie alright but it was hardly a objective look at the debate

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