Hatred, the third person shooting game from Destructive Creations has been put back onto Steam’s Greenlight. It was removed earlier due to complaints about the graphic content and theme of the game. This rightly pissed off a number of people who then petitioned Valve to reintroduce the game, claiming that no one is forcing anyone else to buy a copy or play it. These complaints were handled by the boss man himself, Gabe Newell, who reinstated the game and sent the developers an email apologizing for the removal. Valve has stated before that they provide tools for making and selling games, I don’t think they really want to be put in the position of censor as well. If they end up removing one game for content.
Those who complained about Hatred may have shot themselves in the foot. The game is practically guaranteed to climb the Greenlight rankings now and has generated a larger amount of publicity than it had previously.
I’m interested in seeing how this game turns out. Yeah it might be trying a bit too hard to be controversial but it’s also different from the games that are getting released today, a stated goal of the developers. In the end it is all about how fun it is to play. I hope it doesn’t go down the path of Manhunt, an average stealth game that turned into a poorly implemented shooter and got most of it sales through the moral outrage about it. There was a lot of outrage about the Manhunt game too but it turned out to be just that, a game.