It’s not that Rockstar Games loves controversy, it’s just that they’re getting really good at drumming it up, and it’s always been said that you should do what you’re good at (or something like that). Their latest game, Bully, has managed to create quite a stir, despite the fact that few people actually know what the game is all about, and even fewer have had a chance to get some hands-on time with the game. Parents (and those crazy people who just enjoy protesting things) who felt the game would surely be promoting bullying, thereby increasing the instances of the already childhood scarring pastime, were against it from day one, demanding that stores not carry the game and even going so far as to say the game should never make it to market. At one point, it was even rumored that Rockstar would change the name to “Canis Canem Edit” (Latin for Dog Eat Dog) in response to the protesting. Well, as the game approaches its October 17th release date, it appears that things aren’t always as they appear. The game will still be known as Bully (thank God) and it’s even received a T for Teen rating, indicating that the violence and story line aren’t going to be as bad as everyone made them out to be (because pinching and hair pulling are such violent affairs). Perhaps the most startling news of all might be the fact that this game may actually be AGAINST, rather than for bullying (take that, crazy protesting parents). The following three previews should give you a pretty good idea of what this game will be all about, and once it comes out, I truly hope that many an angry parent gets humbled by the game they thought would be such a degradation to our children’s troublesome childhood experience, yet ended up being a game with a message of hope and change for our future (or something like that).
Trailer 1: “A Microcosm”
Trailer 2: “So Mean”
Trailer 3: “Glorious Institution”