I’m not a huge fan of violent video games, particularly for the teen set, but I can’t deny that there’s a visceral pleasure in aggressive, graphic first person shooters, even if I don’t play ‘em very often at all. Any FPS gets bad press, however, because, well, they’re violent and aggressive and pump up that ole’ testosterone level as you do your darndest to survive the storyline and come out on top.
Which is why all kudos to Electronic Arts and ad agency DraftFCB for this new video campaign for the violent space shooter Dead Space 2.
Watch this advert, then I’ll comment further:
I think this is a superb example of the martial arts idea of “turn your weakness into a strength”: all gamers know that their parents are probably less than enthused about the more aggressive, more extreme titles on the market, the games that include extra splat in the splatter, but instead of trying to sidestep the issue, EA has made it a cornerstone of its marketing campaign.
And what I like best about it? I bet it’s darn effective because I realize that modern kids are no different from previous generations, part of what they are doing when they pick interests that their parents disapprove of is differentiating themselves and establishing their own identities as independent human beings.
Now, would I buy this game for my son to play? Wouldn’t that just defeat the purpose?