The Violence in Hotline Miami is something that Iím surprised hasnít been critiqued more, why do you think that is?
I struggle with it to be honest. I donít think itís going to inspire anyone to kill anyone or the like, or that itís dangerous, I think I may have played more explicit or graphic games even. I think itís more that the whole concept just embraces nihilism in a very pure sense and seems to give in to futility. My wife has severe depression and I regularly have to talk herself out of a mindset that life is meaningless and empty and too pointless for her to bother with, so something like this just makes me sad.
I do think itís far better that games should be honest about violence, and that thatís what this is, so it is to be applauded in that sense and is very important for that.
But itís abit like the Sopranos for me in that for all that is excellently and brilliantly crafted example of itís genre I also find it fucking hard to deal with after Iíve experienced it. Nothing against anyone who doesnít have that problem though, just an observation. I suppose it speaks for the power of games more than anything maybe.