Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The 'Dead or Alive: X3' Threats and the Implications on Creativity in America: A Special Report

As you all probably could have guessed, I'm an avid video gamer who enjoys playing all manner of electronic games. I'm also a science fiction writer and a huge proponent of free speech rights for everyone. So, when I saw what happened in response to the upcoming title 'Dead or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball 3' I was deeply disturbed and honestly quite horrified. As some of you may know, 'Dead or Alive: Beach Volleyball' is a spin-off of a popular fighting game produced for the SONY PlayStation systems; the Japanese-made games are known for their highly sexualized, violent and edgy content, not unlike some of the characters I have created for my upcoming book, 'Sojourn.' Well, shortly after the game was announced by its creators, the studio received a series of threats directed at the lead game designer, threatening acts of terrorism against SONY Corporation and the murder of several high-ranking content producers at SONY, and their families. The police traced the threats to three young women in Northern California, who had written a 500-page manifesto online detailing a long list of 'horrors' committed against women throughout history, claiming that this "slaughter" must stop and that they were willing to go to "any extreme necessary" to ensure that women were 'liberated' from misogyny, outdated gender roles and male oppression, among other things. SONY Entertainment was targeted because they believed that the game, 'DOA X3,' was the 'ultimate evil' and represented everything that they despised. They planned to launch acts of terrorism in public places if the game was ever released in the United States. Terrified that people would die if the game was released in the West, today, SONY announced that DOA X3 would not be getting an English language release in America or Europe, for fear of 'outrage and terrorism.' Listen, I'm all for equal rights and progress, but this is just wrong on so many levels. It appears that, at least in this case, social justice is backsliding into the same fundamentalist radicalism that created ISIS and Al-Qaeda...and this is happening right here in the U.S.A. WAKE UP. This is NOT ok. If we are ever to truly live in a free society, people need to be ok with things that make them feel 'uncomfortable.' If you don't like something, don't buy it.

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