Hatred is a game about the wanton slaughter of people fueled by nothing but pure hatred. Its trailer came out this week, and many people found it to be upsetting, even deplorable. Video games, however, frequently revel in over-the-top violence. So why is everybody talking about this game in particular?
First off, here’s the trailer. Fair warning: it’s exceedingly graphic and depicts the slaughter of horrified people who scream and plead for their lives.
This may also be a great PR stunt, seeing as the game has received a lot of attention because of the violence of the trailer.”Bring [the trailer] everywhere and let the haters hate! ” the developers wrote. They proudly trumpeted their alleged lack of “political correctness” or affiliation to art/any kind of message—despite, in doing so, making a very pointed political statement—and generally leaned on how different they thought they were being.
Oh boy, we can only imagine how certain gamers parents freak out about this game… Is this violence too over the top? Too mindless?
The trailer’s been tweeted about countless times. Its debut trailer is fast approaching a million views. More importantly, a lot of people have decided to draw their line in the sand and say this is taking it too far. This for a game that handles its subject matter with all the subtlety and emotional resonance of a teenage metal band’s first hit single trying to upset as many people as possible.
As Polygon points out, it’s limp, wetly-thudding “shock” schlock. It’s a barking dog with no teeth. Decide for yourself, here’s the trailer: