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Fiction is fiction. Reality, however, is not

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The power of fiction should never be underestimated. Fiction, is, if you like, the most powerful gaming engine ever devised -- universes can be created within this vast, cavernous space; rulebooks can be rewritten or simply thrown out. I believe that fiction can and should be used to create individual figurative universes. I also believe that each universe should be tailored to its ownerís specifications: whatever these specifications may be.

However, many appear to disagree with me. Many people believe that fictional worlds are just as dangerous as our own, very real, world, and thusly, just as valid for attack. The gaming industry, for one, has been subject to attacks from these people. Weíve seen games censored, criticised and plain old refused release based purely on the content contained within these fictional universes. The Manhunt series in particular is a prime example of this: do you remember the startlingly rabid attacks the series was known to provoke, dear reader? The metaphorical screams of those given podiums from which to rant and rave?

I laughed at these attacks. Well, I didnít laugh, but I smirked slyly at the computer screen or the newspaper headline from which I read because, well, the situation was so ridiculous. These people were attacking a fictional universe. An imaginaryÖ thing which, had they chosen to ignore, would otherwise never have bothered them. These people acted as if James Earl Cash was going to knock at their door and execute them brutally for the pleasure of one Lionel Starkweather.

Well, Iíve got news for you. Cash isnít real. Heís trapped in a flimsy little silver disc with Starkweather and, for that matter, the entire population of Carcer City. Itís time that Ďthese peopleí -- whoever they may be -- begin to wake up and find some perspective. Real atrocities happen in the real world, the world in which you and I and the faceless masses who found Manhunt and other games like it offensive live in. People walking on the face of this earth right now have committed acts of utter atrocity which would put James Earl Cash to shame -- and you canít attribute that to the gratuitous violence of the Manhunt series. The fictional world is imaginary; a separate universe which is capable of playing some nasty tricks -- nasty tricks which, nonetheless, have no bearing on the real world. Nasty tricks which are as real as the dark figures seen swarming all over bedrooms around the world in the dead of night -- terrifying acts of mental trickery which always fade with the coming of the morning or, in the case of Manhunt, the switching off of the console.

Wake up.
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About Lord Death of Murder Mountainone of us since 2:06 PM on 03.18.2011

Iím Oran, a fifteen year-old gamer and Scottish native. Iíve been gaming for as long as I can remember and my love for the pastime has grown exponentially (HELL YEAH) since early childhood, back when I was allowed to crap in my pants and I wasnĎt mocked for my love of the Pokťmon games. The golden days.

Iím a thoroughly Ďmoderní gamer, and Iím a little ashamed of that. I am most comfortable with games from this generation and the previous, but Iíve played games from past generations, such as Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64 and a few of the Castlevania games.

I discovered Destructoid after purchasing Deadly Premonition, the cover of which boasts a 10/10 rating from Jim Sterling. I visited the website to check out the review, and accidentally stumbled upon the Community Blogs. Previously, I had been experimenting with GameSpotís blogging feature but I quickly tired of that and, thusly, the Community Blogs presented a perfect alternative.

Iím hoping to break into gaemz jarnalizm. I feel I have a serviceable command of the English language and I realise that I have plenty of time to hone my mad skillz, blud. I follow the gaming industry with avid interest and I have the ability to formulate convincing arguments; arguments which I take care to support with fact. Iím going to stop whoring myself out now, but if you know of anywhere a budding writer can test his skills -- other than Destructoid itself, of course -- then please let me know. I will love you eternally.

Obligatory list of favourite games (in no particular order):

GB/GBC/GBA

Virtually every Pokťmon game

PC (thanks, bbain!)

Chzo Mythos
L'Abbaye Des Morts
Digital -- A Love Story

PS2

Black
Burnout
Burnout 2
Downhill Domination
Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil -- Code Veronica X

Xbox

Destroy All Humans!
Destroy All Humans! 2
Deus Ex: Invisible War
Evil Dead: Regeneration
Fable
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Gun
Hitman: Blood Money
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
The Suffering
Thief: Deadly Shadows
TimeSplitters 2
Tom Clancyís Splinter Cell

Xbox 360

Alan Wake
Armored Core 4
Assassin's Creed
BioShock
Blue Dragon
Condemned: Criminal Origins
Crackdown
Dead Rising
Dead Space
Deadly Premonition
Eternal Sonata
Fable II
Fallout 3
Fallout: New Vegas
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life 2
Just Cause 2
Left 4 Dead
Lost Planet
Mirrorís Edge
Portal
Prey
Project Sylpheed
Prototype
Saints Row 2
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion