Like many things, the gaming world is no stranger to oddities. And when it comes to open-world sandbox style games this reality takes center stage. For me, simulation gaming is not only fun but can also be educational. Gaming for many is visual so when a game creates a breathtaking realistic looking environment to play in, both casual and die-hard gamers take note.
For example, flight sims such as X-plane or Microsoft Flight Simulator have the ability to carry one to another place all from the comfort of the home computer. These games are not only fun but for the most part they provide a clean, safe, toxic and profanity free entertainment. Many driving sims such as American Truck Simulator and similar games rise to the same level of gaming entertainment. Even games like NFS Rivals, or Forza games allow for relatively toxic free gaming environments. Enter open-world games such as Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, Watch Dogs 2, Assassins Creed to name a few, and a person’s toxic free gaming experience vanishes.
Let me explain. The graphics of X-plane 11 rise to a new standard in realism as do the graphics for most modern open-world games such as GTA V. However, besides the sandbox nature of both games and the visually stunning graphics, there isn’t much to compare in terms of the quality of content. Which brings to me my main point about gaming.
Where is the open-world game as visually mesmerizing as GTA V or X-plane 11 and one that features free roam driving, flying etc but without the vulgar profanity, obscene sexual content and excessive violence? I have no doubt developers have the ability to develop such a game. In fact GTA games would get my vote (and many others) if they had removed (or allowed for) the removal of swearing, unending blasphemy and lewd sexual content. After all, kids do play these types of games–lots of kids. And why do they? I doubt it’s for the grotesque sexual content or even the swearing. I believe millions of kids (and adults) play open-world games because they are fun to explore, free roam, and do stunts within a graphically rich environment. It is my view that exposing anyone to lewd sex acts, treating women as nothing but sex objects, glorifying murder and raw abuse and wrapping it with unending cussing only will prove to degrade and desensitize society against such behavior. (These points alone is why Barack Obama was and is so popular and Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is not. It is also a principle reason why Jesus was murdered and God is hated.)
Game Ruining Material
Let me ask this. What does driving a car have to do with citizens on the street insulting and swearing at you when you pass by? Nothing. What does flying a plane or helicopter have to do with featuring inappropriate sexual behavior? Nothing. What does getting the choice to drive various vehicles featured in-game have to do with waterboarding and torture of fellow human beings? Nothing, that is unless developers choose to write a story which includes it. And with all open-world games that I know of, this has been essentially the case. Yet, as developers have shown the corruptness of their hearts by writing these types of sub-par stories, a developer and game company could raise the standard in gaming and write a truly great story that all adults and teens could enjoy.
A New Choice
There is one game that is currently in development that I hope will be one of the first, if not the first to raise that standard for open-world gaming. That game is called Police 10-13. It aims to be a realistic police simulator set in an open-world environment. Police 10-13 has great potential to become a one-of-kind sandbox game featuring beautiful graphics without the unnecessary baggage that has kept so many people from playing other open-world games.
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