Respected game designer and Beyond Good & Evil helmer Michel Ancel was not impressed by the games on display at this year's E3, calling out big name titles like Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 and Modern Warfare 3 on their use of needlessly gratuitous violence. He even went so far as to imply that Furious 4 would inadvertently cast players as the bad guy; "If you kill Nazis with the same methods as the Nazis themselves then you are Nazis too, no?"
"I don't like it," he told Eurogamer in Los Angeles last week. "Violence is not the problem, the problem is when it's not done... if you look for example at Saving Private Ryan, the Spielberg movie. It's violent but there is really dramatic and artistic storytelling behind it." Ancel discussed the need for the gaming industry to grow up, and told of his respect for Hollywood's ability to "have storytelling, to talk about violence, sex and everything like that with real talent."
"It is very important to ask questions," he continues. "We want to make games where there are those situations – how can we make the player have these kind of [violent] interactions but with some meaning?"
To look at Ancel's catalogue of games is to look at a collection of artistic and mostly violence-free titles. It's no secret that we here at Dealspwn are fans of his work, and his comments raise an interesting point. Are current-gen shooters needlessly violent, or is Ancel just taking this year's triple A titles too seriously? We'd be interested to hear your thoughts, so feel free to drop them into the comments below!