Posted June 12th 2012 by Jordan Mammo.
A couple of weeks ago, Square-Enix unveiled the latest Hitman: Absolution trailer to a whirlwind of controversy. The video featured the main character slaughtering a number of scantily clad female assassins in slow motion after they had (naturally, of course) undressed themselves. "Distasteful" would be a massive understatement. The game spurred a passionate and sometimes enlightening discussion on the internet, as well as enough outrage to compel its developers to clarify their intent. Speaking to IGN, Tore Blystad said, "We just wanted to make something cool, it wasn't the intention to stir up anything."
This is exactly the problem. Who thinks this shit is cool? Forget subtext or any other kind of deeper meaning, this was clearly imagined and engineered for one reason and one reason alone: spectacle.
No one could've predicted this, but Hitman was only the start of two weeks of gratuitous and repulsive violence. It segued into a new Tomb Raider trailer and peaked last week with the most disturbing E3 Expo I've witnessed yet.
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Posted June 6th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.
Wrapping up the big show press conferences, the gang digs in on Sony and Nintendo's offerings. Adam Grayson, our resident Nintendo cheerleader, steps into the "hot seat" (he calls in over Skype) for the first time in our podcast's two-year history.
Streaming and download after the jump.
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