As you all remember the world ended in 2006 with the release of Rockstar’s Bully [mbv]. It had gay kissing, fighting, running from teachers and some more fighting and we all knew that it would destroy civilization, as it did. Add to that the fact that it was made at Rockstar’s Vancouver studio and you had a recipie for disaster. I for one have been living in a cave defending my stash of food with a stick and I’m pretty sure everyone else’s lives have been just as devestated.
Or perhpaps nobody’s lives were affected other than those people who saw a chance to get themselves some attention and appear on the television. Now the teachers unions are wanting to get their screen time as Vancouver’s teachers are joining with seven other teachers’ unions from around the world to have the game banned [cbc]. Not just banned from schools, but banned from existing.
Which of course is the best advertising that Rockstar can buy, better in fact from their own PR. I mean until I read about their attempt to have it banned I didn’t know that Rockstar had released a special edition version of the game this month. It also proves that local teachers are shockingly stupid and kind of mini-Nazis.
Stupid in that the game’s not going to be banned, because at its core Bully is a fairly innocent game. Compared to most games it’s so light hearted, I mean you get into trouble you go to detention. You fight bullies. You don’t murder, kill or cut anything off of anyone. These people are supposed to teach our children, and part of that is to teach them about freedom of speech and not that freedom of expression is only meant for when we agree with what’s being said.
Vancouver teachers, enjoy your time on television. I won’t be watching, I’m in my cave trying to survive the apocalypse brought forth by a game with kids punching each other.