It's like seeing a re-enactment of a video game witch-hunt news report from 2008. Many point out that the game is over three years old, but it was fine so long as it was American police being on both ends of the violence. . The reporters and individuals interviewed display such an inherent ignorance about the game, and pretty much everything else they wash into the topic, that it would be painful to watch if it weren't so bloody funny. However, something good did come of this, believe it or not.
The age old argument that violent video games cause violence in players is brought up again. One of the biggest draws of the mod is it's modability - pretty meta, right? But even if we account that for, the arbitrary statistic of 8% of youth violence in Australia being caused by the influence of video games is so patently absurd that it outstrips all the other bollocks spoken of in these videos. Others bring attention to how outdated and wrong it is to keep blaming video games for violence. Among the many police uniforms available is the outfit worn by New South Wales' finest and their accompanying vehicles. Naturally, the shooting scenes are replayed over and over. It's no secret that the media has often misrepresented video games in the past, however things have gotten much better in recent years. The community keeps churning out their own content to be used within the mod, such as realistic and accurate police uniforms from countless countries as well as their vehicles, new game mechanics, refinements, missions, activities and all kinds of props.
There are a few scenes where the player shoots suspects as a cop, but the majority of the footage is just regular non-violent stuff. These are New South Wales police officers as you've never seen them before. After a lengthy period of inactivity last year, the mod is once again going strong with a lot of new content in the development pipeline, as well as a lively community. Enter a reporter setting up the game with a description that focuses solely on the violence, then cut in interviews from the authorities and a psychologist. The response to the video, which has gained over one and a half million views on Facebook, likely thanks to the scathing coverage the gaming press has given it starting with , is rightfully condemning.
Crushing cars, shooting suspects and getting run over. Nonetheless, one particular channel operating in Australia decided to turn the mod into a witch hunt of a news story to satisfy their viewer base, which approximately consists of five hyper-conservatives in their late 70's. It works wonders, we swear, and you won't be magically turned into a violent criminal either! For a moment we had to check whether this is the Onion or not, but then the Onion has a higher standard of quality. The reporters cared not that they were disrespecting the death - and thus life - of an officer just to further their agenda by linking it to Need for Speed with precisely zero evidence to back this up. .
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