There's been a slight buzz in gaming circles and among some squeamish folks over the trailer recently released for Dead Island, a zombie apocalypse action game with RPG elements due out this year on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. Here's the trailer, but be warned that it depicts graphic violence and we're blogging about it specifically because it's been upsetting some people...
Did it sell you on buying the game? Did it horrify you with the depiction of children being mauled by zombies? Are you going to talk about how "beautiful" it is because you got suckered in with some somber piano music and slo-mo footage? The Woot Writers ran the gamut, from "that trailer is extremely well done" to "if you can't sell me your product without images of violence against children, I have no disposable income for you."
It IS a well-done trailer. It's rare to see such effort and attention put into a spot for a video game; normally it's a slew of explosions and hyper-quick edits to assure you that there will be frantic, fast-twitch gameplay. Speaking of gameplay though, this trailer offers none; that's generally cause for concern when it comes to upcoming "groundbreaking" and "amazing" games.
But the controversy isn't that they may be hiding subpar mechanics behind shiny cinematics. A lot of people have reacted negatively, as happens with polarizing things like violent video games, but several comments online talk about feeling just...depressed. Video games are supposed to be fun, challenge your reflexes, feed our primate curiosities with puzzles, and sate our outdated bloodlust with digitized gore. Rarely do we fire up the Xbox to weep softly at the loss of a young family helplessly overcome by circumstances they could not have foreseen.
Let us know in the comments what you think: if you're psyched for the game, unable to finish the trailer, or sick of every form of entertainment being saturated with zombies and gore and clinging desperately to that new release of You Don't Know Jack.