Violence Against Women Debate Has Affected God of War Development

Kratos isn't gonna be smacking any girlies up.

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Violence Against Women Debate Has Affected God of War Development
Kratos deals punishment to everyone who opposes him. The constantly-angry demigod doesn't discriminate. But, on the back of heated debates circling violence against women and depictions of females in video games, Sony Santa Monica is keeping the God of War on a bit of a tight leash.

Speaking of the content of the upcoming God of War: Ascension, game design manager David Hewitt said, "The core of the God of War series is Greek mythology, and thatís blood and guts, vengeful gods, horrific things being enacted on mortals. Kratos was tricked into killing his wife and family. Heís literally covered in their ashes during every moment.

"His motivation is violent, bloody revenge, and the milieu of mythology puts us in this distant, exaggerated world. We do revel in it somewhat but the violence is there to show Kratos dealing with his demons and enacting that revenge in a very physical, hands-on way."

"There are some things weíve pulled back from. I think where this has been an issue is with violence against women Ė the teamís pulled back from some of that and assessed that a little more carefully. There are certain things that carry has a different kind of resonance that we donít want to get into. This isnít about statement-making in that regard. Itís about fleshing out this character."

Source: IGN


Shane K. Firth 20 Jul 2012 19:23
So kratos is going to play nice with the female Gods? Utter bullshit, it has been an up hill struggle for women to get equal rights over the last couple of centuries and now they are being treated once again as frail creatures to be looked at but never touched.

It makes me furious that a simple slip up by someone who obviously chokes in interviews has been the cause of a media frenzy over something as simple as the motivation to kill (with Tomb Raider) or the act of avenging ones family.

If someone has to be dragged ass backwards through hell to become a figure for vengeance then they should be, no pussy footing around like spineless wimps.
Leelocka 20 Jul 2012 20:21
I have to agree with Shane. I'm female and it pisses me off when people whine about women being 'mistreated' in video games. No one seems to mind when 20 movies a year come out with graphic rape/torture scenes against women. It doesn't bother me because IT'S NOT REAL!. It's a video game - key word being 'game'. I love the God of War franchise and anyone who knows the story of Kratos knows his life is full of violence. Greek mythology is nothing by violence, sex, etc. These games will lose their meaning if the developers 'pull back' from doing what they know is right because they're afraid of pissing off some dumbass who doesn't know any better. If someone doesn't like the ill treatment of women in a video game - or a movie - then don't watch/play it. Isn't that one of the main reasons we live in a free country?
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