Tada! Let’s make this a rule of thumb, when Godwin’s Law gets invoked, topics should be moved here.
I totally agree. I enjoy exploring dark and horrific worlds, but I’d day the majority of people that end up writing these kinds of worlds end up writing things that don’t actually explore them, but instead just brush the surface for the sake of “controversy” and fail to fully realize the meaning behind things. Without a grounding in the real world, “edgy” and “dark” just falls flat. (The most recent good, dark, world I’ve seen is Get Out.)
I mean, I feel like that’s the point for anyone really making art. If you’re not questioning it, what is it’s purpose?
So let me guess, you’re European? (Now peeking, and yup, British.) So, the thing here is we’re a primarily American company making games for a primarily American audience. That means our sensibilities on violence and sex are basically flipped. I mean, that’s not a hard truth, but as a rule of thumb: Violence is good in America, and bad in Europe, while sex is good in Europe and bad in America.
So, all that said, we’re…no, perhaps here I should change to I am not against controversial topics, Ijust don’t put any stock in shock value for shock value’s sake. If someone was to write a story involving rape that 1) didn’t glorify it and make the player empathize with the rapist, and 2) actually went in and explored what that meant, and had a meaning and purpose, then that would be, well actually something I could get behind, (for example, I don’t know, having a woman rape a man and exploring how disorienting it is to live with that in a world that doesn’t even necessarily consider you to have been raped, and may even mock you if you do come forward) but just having it there as controversy without further justification?
For MMM specifically, I’ve never seen it. I’d still have to review it before I gave any opinion. That said, I don’t care about the controversy either way. Controversy doesn’t mean good, nor does it mean bad. It’s neutral. Hell, I’d call it valueless. And, well, to be honest, a good story with rape is hard to stomach—it’s supposed to be hard to stomach at the very least (if it’s not then, once again, you’re not making art, you’re just making porn)—so I’d give it a negative value. What does that mean? A story with rape, which I think should automatically be controversial, actually has to be good for me to give it consideration. There has to be some artistic meaning behind everything, otherwise the work is a net negative.