Hatred “Banned” on Twitch.tv: Video Game Puritanism
In a very short amount of time, Twitch.tv has risen to become one of the most go-to streaming services for video game Let’s Players on the Internet. However, the release of the controversial misanthropic, killing-spree indie video game “Hatred” has fallen within the same relative timespan as Twitch.tv’s new policies regarding a ban on Adult-Only (AO) rated video games. The list of banned Adult-Only games is short (and largely comical), as the most noticeable titles consist of games with significant sexual content, such as erotic Japanese dating sims, voyeuristic themed games from the early 2000s, and even critically acclaimed games featuring mannequin-like sexual content, such as “Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Director’s Cut” and “Grand Theft Auto San Andres” (Hot Coffee mod). However, “Hatred” is the first to be banned for its extreme realistic violence, yet games with extremely realistic-looking fantasy-violence, like Mortal Kombat X, are still given a free pass?
LaughingMan and CineMax discuss Twitch.tv’s recent decision to forbid the streaming of AO-rated games via their service, as well as the larger puritanical campaign to besmirch and disavow the latest controversial shoot ’em up game “Hatred” by the liberal gaming press that had been going on for months prior to the game’s release on Steam on June 1st, 2015.