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The Melting Pot launch

With the launch of the New Year comes the launch of a new feature for the site, The Melting Pot.  The Melting Pot allows key people in the video game industry the chance to give their insight on issues and topics relevant to gamers and the general public.

Special thanks to Daniel Coleman of Semnat Studios for the snazzy title header and to those who have participated or will participate in this feature; adding their opinions to the collection known as The Melting Pot.

Alex Neuse, CEO and Designer at Gaijin Games.

  1. What is your view on “violent” video games?

Honestly, I don’t have a problem with violence in video games unless it’s gratuitous. To me, it’s like violence in any other form of media. Trying to fight it or hide it is just plain pointless. This just in–we live in a violent society/world. Until that changes, violence will be one of the major themes in any form of entertainment. And, putting social commentary aside, violence is the easiest and quickest way to create conflict or challenge–everyone understands it.

So, that being said, I think that more developers could stand to get a little more creative with their conflict implementation, but ultimately violence doesn’t bother me. What does bother me about violence in games is when a game is rated M and the developers don’t push the violence to make it realistic. Sure, there are plenty of games with over the top depictions of violence, but some games that could use more realistic depictions of violence continue to shy away from it despite already being rated M (Assassin’s Creed II, I’m looking at you). So, let’s keep the violent games violent, so long as it makes sense to do so, but at the same time, let’s challenge ourselves to find new ways of presenting conflict and challenge.

  1. What is my New Year’s Resolution?

My New Year’s Resolution (professionally speaking) is to broaden Gaijin Games’ horizons. Whether this means branching out to other platforms, creating a new franchise, or learning how to market our existing products better, I’m not sure yet, but I definitely want to take our company into some unknown waters and see if we can swim. I hope you’ll all join us along the way. 🙂

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