Mass Killing PC Game Hatred Removed From Steam Greenlight

Update 17/12/2014: Hatred is now back on Greenlight after an apparent change of heart by Valve. No doubt the controversy will rumble on however.

Original Article: You never have to wait too long in gaming for the next controversy to come along. This week, it seems to be focused on Hatred, a game that would be called a video nasty if it were on an old VHS tape. The game was listed on Steam’s Greenlight section and was then removed by Steam saying it wouldn’t be published by them.

Hatred sees you take control of “a cold blood antagonist, who is full of hatred for humanity” as he kills innocent people going about their daily lives. The developer, Destructive Creations, lists this as the reason on their website:

The question you may ask is: why do they do this? These days, when a lot of games are heading to be polite, colorful, politically correct and trying to be some kind of higher art, rather than just an entertainment – we wanted to create something against trends. Something different, something that could give the player a pure, gaming pleasure. Here comes our game, which takes no prisoners and makes no excuses. We say ‘yes, it is a game about killing people’ and the only reason of the antagonist doing that sick stuff is his deep-rooted hatred. Player has to ask himself what can push any human being to mass-murder.

Before Hatred was removed from Greenlight, it seems to have garnered a large amount of ‘Yes’ votes from the Steam community. The developer has said that they will carry on seeking a distribution channel but at the least, will still offer the game from their own website.

Hatred Screenshot

I’m sure this whole issue will provoke some tasty debate in the gaming community as people will either condemn or applaud the game. I dare say that the people against will point at the extreme nature of the game and the apparently unrelenting tone whilst its supporters will point at previous gaming bad boys such as Postal and Manhunt, not to mention the violence in mainstream AAA games such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty.

Let us know which side you fall on in the comments below, or if you are perched comfortably on the fence sipping coffee from your Dr Who flask.

Source: PCGamer.com / HatredGame.com
GS Blogger: Casey Douglass

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