It seems like more and more, drugs are taking a hold of our society more and more and have come into the households of the american public even though they did not intend for them to be there. Â Many popular M rated games now have some sort of drug involvement within either their storylines or with something that you could use in the game to cause a different experience. Â It may start going over the top soon with how much games have put into the factor of drugs in gaming.
My first example goes back a few years and is one that I mainly do not have a problem with. Â That is the ever popular GTA IV game. Â With the addition of the player being more and more like how someone could go to a bar and get completely trashed on alcoholic beverages. Â Then the player would have the opportunity to DriveÂ away in their car, something that is illegal pretty much anywhere you would go. Â And my problem isn’t with the drinking, it’s the option for the player to drive afterward. Â It is something that the game tries to make interesting, and it’s not. Â Drunk driving is very serious and because of this, it should have never been included in the game and should have been taken out with a patch or update.
My other problem is what was shown in one of the newer Farcry 3 trailers. Â In the trailer it shows the main character eating a plant and that plant causes him to go on a trip. Â A trip in the way a drug addict would look at it in the way that he has hallucinations and such. Â In my opinion, this is just going too far. Â It is showing the obvious effects a drug can have on a person’s mind and body. Â I don’t care if it is a game or not, video games have so much influence on today’s society, it baffles me as to why they would even include it in the game. Â I expect to see several anti-drug groups and associations to protest the game in order to get awareness out but until it launches, we wait to see what happens.