There’s been a strong reaction from certain sections of the media with regards to two of the trailers shown by Sony during Paris Games Week. The Last Of Us 2 trailer featured graphic violence against women, and Detroit showed domestic and child abuse, and infanticide. Some media outlets have questioned if such violent imagery should be used to sell games.
Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and president of Global Sales and Marketing for Sony Interactive Entertainment, was questioned by The Telegraph in regards to the criticism.
“We showed a lovely range of games [at the Media Showcase] last night,” said Jim, “The Last of Us obviously is a game made by adults to be played by adults. I should never prejudge this but it will probably be rated 18, I think it’s fair to say. And there’s that market for those people who like that sort of game. Adults who like that sort of game. And I think we cater for that, and at the other end of the spectrum there was Concrete Genie, which my eight-year-old decided was the game she would like to play very much. ”
Much of the criticism stems from the fact that there was little context to the violence, especially in The Last of Us 2 trailer.
“I think what we’re trying to do is to portray qualities of the various games we had on show,” responded Jim, “And I think it is difficult when you have a clip of four or five minutes to synthesise a gameplay experience that can be measured in the tens of hours. And, again, the studio was seeking to portray a game that will be rated as suitable for adults to play and that’s what we did.”
Source: The Telegraph