Sat. Sep 24th, 2022

ESPN heeft het gevoel dat zijn publiek geen scènes van <em>Apex Legends</em> like this one wants to see "given the whirl of that moment."†<figcaption class=

enlarge ESPN feels the public doesn’t want to see it Apex Legends scenes like this “seen the whirl of that moment.”

Some of the largest companies in the United States are scaling back their portrayal of violent games in the wake of the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

As reported by Vice, employees of Walmart stores to be reporting receiving a message to “remove signature and views referring to violence”. These directions include disabling “all video game consoles that show a demo of violent games” and “remove[ing] each [signs] refer to combat or third-person shooter video games.” Employees are also being instructed to “cancel all events promoting combat style or third-person shooter games scheduled in Electronics.”

The memo also says that “videos showing violence” and “hunting season videos” will not be shown in stores for the time being.

At ESPN, the recorded broadcast of a Apex Legends tournament scheduled for this weekend has been postponed. The delay, reported first by esports journalist Rod Breslau and later confirmed to Ars Technica, it was “made out of respect for the victims and all those affected in the immediate aftermath of the shootings,” according to a source with direct knowledge of the decision. “It seemed the sensible thing to do given the whirl at the time,” the source added.

The tournament, which took place last weekend, will still be repeated this weekend on the ESPN3 online streaming service, although plans for coverage in ABC, ESPN2, and ESPNEWS have been postponed.

Bad timing?

Decisions about the portrayal of violence in video games have been given extra weight as several prominent politicians discuss exposure to games as a possible cause of violence in the real world. But there is evidence that these companies are making changes based on perceived sensitivity to viewers rather than sensitivity to political pressure.

At Walmart, for example, there is no indication that stores will stop selling violent games or even take their boxes off the shelves. Walmart has also resisted calls to limit the sale of real guns in its stores, telling USA Today that “no policy change has occurred.”

The retailer has long been a part of the ESRB’s voluntary Retail Council program, which as a whole is 80 to 90 percent effective in preventing the sale of M- and AO-rated games to minors. Walmart did not respond to a request for comment from Ars Technica.

Likewise, ABC and ESPN have not announced any changes to their overall policies regarding broadcasting violent games as part of their esports coverage. Instead, the “whirl of the moment” seems to lead to a temporary change in the way the network perceives the sensitivities of its audience. However, given the sheer frequency of mass shootings in recent years, there’s no guarantee that the October postponed broadcast will be further removed from a similar “whirl” of sensitive news coverage.

The major gaming industry is not immune to these kinds of considerations following reports of real-world violence. In 2016, the Entertainment Software Association told Ars Technica that attendees of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo took steps “to be sensitive to the national mood of the moment” in the wake of the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, Florida. Subsequent E3 conventions seem to have returned to form, although as usual they are prominent with plenty of violent content. Many game makers were also forced to change content, marketing or release schedules after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

While studies have shown that exposure to virtual violence does not lead to violence in the real world, pushing that kind of content to your audience takes on a different tone in the wake of a prominent national tragedy. But do not worry; our collective memory and sensitivities always seem to quickly return to the status quo of media violence.

By akfire1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.