It's easy. It's not shallow. It's a story element that is used. The concept of which is no worse than other things that have actually been in video games before.
Video games can no longer reference things that happen in real life.
Also the people who play them have to wear boxing gloves and a giant foam helmet in case their fragile world views are offended by the gripping in game symbolism.
I am offended by Doom for trivialising my religion into a shallow justification to kill.
I'm offended by pacman for misrepresenting eating disorders.
I am offended by half life 2 because it misrepresents genocide and uses it as nothing more than a flimsy justification to kill
I'm an easily offended dipshit with the mental inability to separate fiction from reality.
Why is there even an argument about it?
Video games need to advance. Only people who say its about feminism are more ignorant about what feminism is
Almost all problems solved through non-violent means. The (two) combat sequences are purely defensive. The humor is cerebral, and the game doesn't engage in cheaply profane humor. Gameplay is cerebral and requires consideration rather than blind violence. The game provides a sense of intellectual accomplishment after completing a puzzle rather than a juvenile accomplishment for maiming lots of things.
Quite a few strategy games also fit that, but Portal is the most relevant example.
Amnesia. Actually scary and psychologically disturbing without playing to juvenile tropes. The game doesn't forgive brashness and recklessness, let alone encourage it.
I am going to be okay with masturbating to this.
Also I would put Deus Ex up there if Human Revolution didn't force you into dumb Rambo boss-fights. The game does actively encourage nonviolence, however, and does not forgive you for running around murdering.
For instance the original portal once makes reference to the fact that the portal device is "now worth more than the combined organs and salaries of the entirety of [subject home town here]"
Well it just so happens I live in Mexico and am not only dirt poor but there is a thriving illegal organs trade here, way to fucking trivialise a constant threat too my safety and make fun of my economic situation, shitty game, uninstalling now.
I rebuke your claim that portal is 'intellectual' or mature when it is making fun of the poor and if you count portal 2, orphans as well.
PLEASE tell me you're getting this, I'm being DEEPLY OFFENDED by what would seem to be NOT A BIG DEAL in a work of FICTION
Derision is the issue, not offense.
You people need to understand that this issue is not as simple as "i am offended."
also why on earth would you let your kids play portal
it's a game about being toyed with by a homicidal maniac
How about I just spell it out for you so you can't actually argue since you're terrible at it, what I am saying is that the game didn't DELIBERATELY deride people who are poor and afraid of having their organs stolen, it was a joke, RAPE in tomb raider isn't a deliberate attack of rape victims, it's a plot device.
Besides the only reason this is a big deal is because new media is evil, TV, books and many other mediums have approached the issue of rape in worse and more callous ways, but nobody gives a shit about them.
I mean I dunno about you but after watching game of thrones all I want to do is fuck my sister.
Why should we care? They show little kids being brutally murdered in some of the silent hill games, and has anyone complained? NOPE
Some monsters and enviroments even symbolize rape, and has anyone complained? NOPE
It means they want some of that wider audience to give them website hits.
I've gotta stop using sarcasm and metaphors and analogies on the internet...