Junction Point founder Warren Spector has spoken out against the level of violence in today’s games, which he claims is too over-the-top.
The renowned designer was particularly disturbed by what he saw at this year’s E3 conference, but not because he thought it would create a generation of remorseless killers.
“The ultra-violence has to stop. We have to stop loving it. I just don't believe in the effects argument at all, but I do believe that we are fetishizing violence, and now in some cases actually combining it with an adolescent approach to sexuality. I just think it's in bad taste.”
“Ultimately I think it will cause us trouble," he said.
Spector found the Hitman Absolution trailer to be particularly distasteful.
"I left Eidos in 2004 because I looked around at E3 and saw the new Hitman game where you get to kill with a meat hook, and 25 to Life, the game about kids killing cops, and Crash & Burn the racing game where the idea is to create the fieriest, most amazing explosions, not to win the race... I looked around my own booth and realised I just had one of those 'which thing is not like the other' moments. I thought it was bad then, and now I think it's just beyond bad."
Spector was at the expo showcasing his latest title, Epic Mickey 2.