I just don't like the idea of kids being used in the plot of that sort of fashion....please don't flame me for this, I mean if you look at real classics of horror, they never had to rely on something depraved as this. Unless Xseed is trying to go for shock value to get themselves attention. --- --- I screeched at it for several minutes, and then THE GAME finally went crazy and burned itself...
Wyrdwad Posted 11/13/2011 8:15:38 PM
So you know, we (XSEED) didn't *make* this game -- Team GrisGris made it, 5pb remade it for PSP, and we're the North American and European publishers. We just translated it from Japanese and will be publishing it in the English-speaking world, but had nothing to do with its original creation. So no, we weren't going for shock value, I assure you!
All that aside, though, we're publishing it because we really like it. It tells a gripping horror tale full of suspense, atmosphere and excitement. Yes, there are children involved, but your goal is to PROTECT those children. You're attempting to save them -- to find a way out for them. The fact that they're (mostly) helpless children will actually make that goal all the more imperative for most players, I think, since we humans are naturally inclined to help innocent young children more readily than... well... guilty old adults. (:
The fact that they're so innocent and NON-world-weary, too, makes their plights a lot more believable and realistic. If adults freeze up and don't know how to react when faced with a legitimately terrifying circumstance, we might be inclined to make fun of them for being weak-willed -- but if children freeze up and don't know how to react, we're more inclined to sympathize with them and try to protect them.
As such, I think giving this game high school-aged protagonists helps make it a more engaging and more terrifying experience. They're old enough that it's not unlikely for them to exercise a bit of cleverness and ingenuity in their attempts to survive, but young enough that no one will blame them for being terrified out of their minds. Also, they're innocent enough that we feel bad for them, but have experienced enough of the world that we can relate to them on an intellectual level.
So no, I wouldn't call this depraved at all. If anything, I think it's very precisely formulated for maximum immersion and atmosphere. If you enjoy being scared, this game should fit you like a glove. ;)
I have heard of you, are you part of the development staff? I seen your name referenced here a few times.
EDIT: I understand where this game is coming from now, the only concern then is mainstream media going on all over it. I have to admit of all horror games I have played, this one actually makes me afraid after seeing the trailer for the first time, I felt real uneasy seeing that. o_o --- --- I screeched at it for several minutes, and then THE GAME finally went crazy and burned itself...
Nevermind I saw that topic, dang it's rare on GameFAQ to have this kind of presence. --- --- I screeched at it for several minutes, and then THE GAME finally went crazy and burned itself...
Wyrdwad Posted 11/13/2011 8:29:50 PM
Ehh, if the mainstream media wants to blast us for this game, I say let 'em. Any press is good press, after all! ;) We firmly stand behind this game, though, so if anyone else should come by with concerns, I'll just make sure I tell them the same thing I told you.
And yeah, I think most game companies are much too smart to let their employees run amok on public message boards. ;) But XSEED knew what they were getting into when they hired a fanboy for the job! Heheheh...
VGerX2012 Posted 11/13/2011 9:31:40 PM
IMO, this game really isn't high-profile/mainstream enough for the moral guardians to screech at. They go after whatever is #1 in popularity. --- Not changing sig until a MLP:FiM game or Metroid V is announced. Started 08/07/11.
Rolen74 Posted 11/13/2011 9:37:54 PM
Yup, the mainstream media isn't interested in obscure games and systems. This game+system is both. --- Milk-a-whaaaaaaaaa!?
miyuki308 Posted 11/13/2011 10:37:31 PM
Hold on, let me check something...
Miku from Fatal Frame was 17 during the first game. Most of the characters involved in this game are high school students.
Fair game I say. :x --- Playing: Ao no Kiseki Anticipating: Lime Odyssey, PJD extend, 7th Dragon 2020
camera_j Posted 11/14/2011 9:25:02 AM
Here's a real classic piece of horror! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Drifting_Classroom
HermanTuttle Posted 11/14/2011 9:31:00 PM
IMO, this game really isn't high-profile/mainstream enough for the moral guardians to screech at. They go after whatever is #1 in popularity.
That's what everyone thought about Rule of Rose.
It got banned in Europe for being child porn.
And not even Killer7 was safe from Jack Thompson, when he was still around.