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My name is Benny. I work full time in a freak show eating live chickens, and I work part time as Brendan Fraser's scrotum cleanser.

I play video games sometimes, but most of the time I'm too poor and don't have enough free time. I still like talking about them though.
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In 2007, Austrian film director and screenwriter Michael Haneke released an American shot-for-shot remake of his 1997 film Funny Games. The plot in both versions of the film was simple: two young men torture an upper-class family, both physically and phychologically, and then murder each family member one by one.

Throughout the film, the audience is reminded several times by the film's antagonists that the torture and murder is done for their entertainment. Everything could end if the viewer simply leaves the theater or pushes the stop button for their DVD player. The work is completely fictional, and, in this sense, the viewer has the power to stop the madness at any time.

And now, earlier today, the gaming community got their first glimpse of the game Hatred. The game appears to put players in the role of a homicidal and suicidal gunman, who aims to take out as many innocent civilians as he can before he dies. There have already been many knee-jerk reactions from the community declaring how distasteful the game is, Destructoid's own Brett Makedonski included

The video game community has a long history with violence, from Nintendo's now-infamous censoring of violent games, to Jack Thompson's heavily ridiculed crusade to protect children from violent games. These days, violence in video games is tolerated more than ever, with even many local news stations reporting on the popularity of games like Call of Duty without feeling the need to shoehorn in a controversy about the violent content.

That's not to say that video games are without controversy now. Far from it. It seems that many members of the gaming press take every chance they can to condemn games for their content. Everything from the gender, race, and sexual orientation of video game characters is under heavy scrutiny, and people are quick to label games using heavy terms like "racist" and "Misogynistic" when they fail to live up to their personal ideals. A recent example of this would be Far Cray 4's box art, which was declared racist immediately after it was revealed because the villain appeared to be caucasion.

The past two months have been even more chaotic, with disgruntled gamers creating the "GamerGate" movement in opposition to what was described in the above paragraph and the alleged in-groups within indie development and gaming journalism that are involved. An anti-GamerGate group has emerged as well, dismissing the movement as an excuse to attack women, or even going as far as to label it a hate group (I could discuss the validity of these claims, but the issue is now a complicated web, more complex than most people know, and it would take a novel-length post to unravel everything).

Developers, gamers, and journalists alike are all on-edge, and into this uneasy haze steps a game like Hatred. One would expect that many developers would want to avoid the scrutiny placed on their work by the media, but the developers of Hatred, fittingly named Destructive Creations, seem eager to soak up the... well, hatred. Could such a game survive, or even thrive, in such a climate?

Whether it was their intention or not, Destructive Creations has made quite the social experiment with this piece, in a way similar to Haneke's Funny Games. But while Funny Games brought nihilistic violence to the forefront as a criticism of film's over-eager use of violence, Hatred seems to a be embracing it, as evidenced by the up-close execution animations shown off in the trailer.

It'll definitely be interesting to see how the media and gamers as a whole react to Hatred. I've already noticed lines being drawn. I'm predicting the main arguments will range from "This is terrible, but has the right to exist" to "This shouldn't exist" to "This is no different than many other games."

In my opinion, that last argument is both true and false. It's true in the sense that games have you murder faceless soldiers all the time, and games like Saints Row and Grand Theft Auto let you slaughter as many innocents as you wish. The main difference here is context. Sure, gamers are very used to gunning down hundreds of people per game, but will they feel the same indifference when the people they're meant to target beg for their lives before their brains are splattered across the pavement by the main character?

I, for one, am interested to see how I feel when I play Hatred. When I watched Funny Games I was both intrigued and revolted by what was happening on the screen, and I couldn't look away. Will I feel the same as I gun down screaming civilians in the streets in Hatred, or will they just turn into moving targets to be eliminated, like the faceless soldiers in any war FPS? I won't know until I play it.

Regardless of what happens next, Hatred has already given us something to talk about. And if the actual game proves to be too much for us? Well, we can just hit the "exit game" button and make it all stop, right?

Thanks for reading!

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Benny Disco
3:54 PM on 08.20.2014



Did you ever watch, listen to, or read something just so you could get mad at it? Just so you could feel a bit better about yourself? I know I do! All the time!

I was reading Destructoid site mascot Jonathan Holmes' fantastic column on what he calls "outrage culture." He brought up a lot of great points and I agreed with it for the most part, but I kept thinking to myself "but... getting mad is so fun!"



I don't have a lot to look forward to these days. I sleep, work, eat, clean, and then once in a while I get to settle down with a good anime or video game and relax for just a little bit. It all gets very monotonous. However, a quick dose of rage can make life a bit more exciting one in a while. Rage can get me out of bed in the morning! It's the same reason people like to get mad at villains in movies: it's enjoyable.



Let me use an example. Here is what is apparently a "best of" video for famous "Let's Play" YouTuber Pewdiepie:



If you're anything like me, your hate boner is at least at half mast. I couldn't even make it past the 3-minute mark before tapping out. "Does he honestly think he's funny?" I thought. "How does this has 25 million views? The only way this video would be any good is if it was 10 minutes of Pewdiepie just getting hit really heard in the the face repeatedly, like that guy from Beyond Outrage that they tied to a chair in front of a baseball pitching machine."



That was fun, right? However, after you're done being angry, there comes a time when reality has to kick in and you have to start understanding others. I think Pewdiepie is annoying, but a lot of people actually enjoy his videos and look forward to them. And Pewdiepie is really just a random guy who got lucky and gained a following on the internet from his stupid video game commentary. That fact shouldn't affect my life at all.



And this is the main problem with outrage on the internet. After all is said and done we have to realize that we're talking to other human beings, and there's a line between getting mad at something for shits and giggles and actually being hurtful.

It gets even worse with certain subsets of the internet. Many people get annoyed with all the talk of Social Justice Warriors (SJWs if you want to save a few seconds of typing). But there's actually a certain group of people that falls under the SJW umbrella that dedicates their time to finding things to get outraged at. Tumblr is filled to the brim with these people. And it wouldn't be a problem if all of it didn't bleed out into the rest of the internet.



Many news blogs like Gawker make a killing by harnessing this rage. They pick celebrity targets and find reasons for people to get mad at them. Sometimes they even get people fired and profit off of all of it. There are actual issue in the world that require peoples' attention, and Jerry Seinfeld not having enough women on his web show isn't one of them.



And the same goes the same for people who are outraged back at all the "SJW" stuff. This rage, combined with the original SJW rage, makes the internet just a bubbling toxic witches brew of anger, and it's not fun for anyone.

So here's the deal: Go ahead and get mad at stupid things once in a while. Chew on it for a while and savor it like delicious beef jerky, but don't forget to stay reasonable afterwards and not let the anger control your life. Sound good?



Thanks for reading!
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In this special episode of Mystic Advice Something Something Something or Other (You Know the Drill), also called MASSIVECOCK (Name change? It was always like that!), I make an online dating profile while narrating it for you! Don't say that I don't suffer for your enjoyment!

I also talk about Devi Ever's Twitter meltdown and Crispin Glover sucking a sky person's sky dick. Fun fun!

Download/Stream link: https://archive.org/details/massivecockepisode6

Intro Music: Hip to be Noided (Death Grips vs Huey Lewis and the News)
Remixed by Love Grips



Thanks for listening!

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I managed to drag myself out of my depressed stupor long enough to record an episode! Go me! On this episode of Magic Advice Service Supporting Individuals, Video-games, Excited Couples, Or Crazy Killers: Willen Dafoe is a toilet gnome, Crispin Glover poops his pants and goes to court, I discuss the appeal of Waluigi, and I answer questions about Jesus and cynical gamers. Fun times!

Download/streaming link: https://archive.org/details/massivecockepisode5

Theme song: No Love by Death Grips

If you have questions or comments, post them below, in the next questions thread, email them to BennyDisco@gmail.com, or tweet them to @TheBennyDisco with the hashtag #MASSIVECOCK.

Thanks!

Also, check out my new musical obsession:

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Taking questions for Magic Advice Service Supporting Individuals, Video-games, Excited Couples, Or Crazy Killers (AKA M.A.S.S.I.V.E.C.O.C.K.).

Ask about whatever you want! Comment below, tweet them to @TheBennyDisco with the hashtag #MASSIVECOCK, or email them to BennyDisco@gmail.com.

Have fun with it!

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In this episode of Magic Advice Service Supporting Individuals, Video-games, Excited Couples, Or Crazy Killers, The Beast of Bray Road fights The Gravy Witch, I'm sad that I can't play any of my Steam games, and Chris Carter is threatened with murder by an Anti-Donkey Kong zealot.

Woohoo!

Stream/Download link: https://archive.org/details/massivecockepisode4 

Theme song: No Love by Death Grips

As always, if you have questions or comments, enter the below, tweet them to @TheBennyDisco, or email them to BennyDisco@gmail.com

The 2nd commercial:




Thanks, everyone!
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