How to Go to Hell Playing a Videogame

By Rob Bricken in Video Games
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11:03 am
Red Dead Redemption came out yesterday, the Western Grand Theft Auto thing by Rockstar. In an article, I mentioned that in the game you actually had the freedom to kill nuns, much like you could kill prostitutes in GTA. Specifically, I said this:
The pre-manufactured scandal appears to be that your character can tie a nun to railroad tracks and watch her get run over; as soon as mass media gets a hold of this they'll go batshit insane and say the game forces players to murder nuns to win the game without ever examining further, and Rockstar will denounce it all, despite the fact that they knew this exact thing would/could happen.
Well, that's until I saw the above fan video, where a couple of kids in fact hog-tied a nun in the game and threw her on the train tracks just before an arriving locomotive... and got an Achievement for it. Yes, the game gives you an Achievement for brutally murdering a nun. it's worth noting that Rockstar has killed several online video of this Achievement, almost if THEY DIDN'T WANT PEOPLE KNOWING YOU CAN MURDER NUNS IN THE GAME DESPITE THE FACT YOU GET A FUCKING ACHIEVEMENT FOR IT.

Rockstar, I'm not one of those guys who is condemning you to hell for rewarding players for killing nuns (there will be plenty of those people later, when they pick up the story an inexplicable three months later). But when the media frenzy comes, you fuckers better own it, because you obviously knew and approved and wanted this to be part of the game -- and you wanted the infamy that will likely come from it. If you deny it, you are spineless pussies, case closed. So own it. That's all I'm saying.

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