Last week at E3, I had a chance to sit down ... er, stand up with Blackwater, a new Kinect-exclusive first-person shooter from publisher 505 Games. Just recently announced, the game has already caused quite the stir over its controversial title, named after the real-life mercenary group known for using some pretty hardcore tactics in the Middle East.
But, here’s the thing: I liked Blackwater (the game). I thought it was interesting and a pretty nice step forward to what can be done with the Kinect. Because of this, I wrote a preview of the game, determined to focus on nothing but the game itself, ignoring any controversy that may surround it.
But after reading my preview, it just didn’t feel fair. It wasn’t necessarily unfair to the readers or to the creators of the game -- I was still writing my honest thoughts on how the game played! -- but it ultimately felt unfair to me. I had conflicting thoughts about Blackwater the game vs. Blackwater the controversy. Why not talk about that?
Now that I have had a week to mull everything over, rewriting the preview felt like the right thing to do.