Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual Report

September 12, 2008 -

Is Capcom worried about media and/or political backlash from its upcoming Resident Evil 5?

videogamer.com raises the question after flipping through Capcom's 2008 annual report. In the document, Capcom lists potential risks to its home and arcade-based operations.

Buried on page 46 is this nugget:

Some of our popular software titles have provocative graphics and text, such as violent and grotesque scenes. Accordingly, in the event of violent incidents and other criminal cases involving juveniles, we may be subject to a smear campaign by some sections of the mass media which often point out the correlation between crime and games.

 

Therefore, there is a risk that it may result in having an adverse effect on our business performance, corporate value and narrowed distribution channel under instructions by the relevant authorities.

GP: This is not likely related to RE5 specifically. We've seen similar disclaimers in other corporate reports. It's just good business practice (not to mention a legal requirement) to level with investors about potential risks. 


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Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

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Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

Hopefully bussiness letters like these will provide the Big 3 and the ESRB to form their own civil lawsuit against the smear campaings of the US Politicians, FOXNEWS, JT and all the Family Groups that try to smear videogames for reasons like...rape in a game...that are simply not true. If companies like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are going to take their bussiness seriously, they need to stand up for themselves and the gaming community that they represent and try to file a civil lawsuit against the people who are trying to spear their products. Plus the ESRB have been under allot of frie in the last 15 years since being formed and they need to have their voice be heard too and have the power to protect themselves against the people who smear them.

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

"Smear campaign?"  This is hilarious.  The video game industry and its lemmings at sites like this all claim that said "smear campaigns" increase sales.  Make up your minds, kiddies.

Secondly, what they really fear is civil and criminal liability for copycat killings.  Now THAT is a problem.  I'm preparing the suit against these morons as we speak.  Jack Thompson 

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

Yes, they do increase sales, are you saying you consider this to be a good thing, because when people say that, they are pointing out how people like you are helping the sales of this game, and are usually implying that this is a bad thing to do?

And why are you assuming that we all agree with what Capcom have to say? Are you also incapable of reading the responses of other people, or even understanding the concept that we don't have to like, or agree with a game for it to have the right to exist? But then, that's the heart and soul of Freedom of Speech, you know, that right you are trying to destroy.

 

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

@ jack 'too dangerously stupid to be allowed outside guantanamo bay' thompson;

how about we propose harsh jail sentences for self-claimed moral crusaders, as they are directly responsible for encouraging mass murder, child abuse and racial hatred, far more than a copy of GTA4 ever could?

also, a suggestion to the mods; is there a way to cut off access from the anonymous proxy sites like btunnel.com which the retard lawyer here is using to evade his 60 something permanent ip bans? he really wouldn't know the meaning of the word 'banned' if it came up to him and beat his ugly face in with a Stop sign.

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

I like having Jack here..

~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

I know that such proxy sites bypass scripts, so if there was a script in the "Post comment" button that set a flag that's required to post, then such proxies would be unable to post

岩「…Ace beats Jack」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

you really have no idea how a copycat crime works, do you, u? Whether the "source" exists or not, the crime will take place. The only difference is that if there's a source, the method will be copied. Otherwise, it will be generic or original. Either way, the perp is the only one at fault.

"Certainly, it can not be proven that a media depiction might stimulate an otherwise ordinary person to commit a crime. Although research has established the media's influence on some deviant behaviors, it has not established a direct causal connection between media stimuli and specific deviant behaviors apart from other variables appearing in combination. Simply because a media depiction is followed by the reoccurrence of a similar event does not indicate a connection. In some cases, alleged copycats have stated they knew nothing of the previous publicized incident... 'Mode' copiers were those who already intended to commit a crime and who received a method from the media event." - Dr. Cecil E. Greek

hell, parents who use the rod model to their children that violent behavior is acceptable.

岩「…Ace beats Jack」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

 It's cute that you think you'll still be a lawyer by next year.

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

::yawn::

I'll read it on the crapper.

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

Good luck with that. I don't suppose you can video it for us? the suits, that is.

~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

I personally hope there is controversy because we have the right to slap the faces of misinformed idiots. I can't wait for the Fox News report. We all know that Fox News is going to report this game.

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

O noes I might think that all black people are zombies and go on a killing rampage.

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

The annual report should say "luckily, thanks to futile attempts by misguided cretins such as Jack Thompson, the right honourable Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. Leland Yee; our products have a continued presence in the mass media whilst there is little no danger of any attempted bans being succesful".

 

Controversy = boost in sales if it's organised by people who can't string together a sense of logic in their own beliefs, let alone organise a games ban.

Re: Capcom Frets Over Game Violence Backlash (RE5?) in Annual

I hope they don't censor the game.

"we may be subject to a

"we may be subject to a smear campaign by some sections of the mass media which often point out the correlation between crime and games."

It's the unfortunate truth. All of these "save the children" exclamations from JT and friends are nothing more than smear campaigns on forms of entertainment they don't like. They could have explained it more clearly however, and said that these idiots will point to an unproven alleged link between violent behaviour and games.

 

Re: "we may be subject to a

Yeah, the could, but this is a professional document and that would be borderline unprofessional.

It does suck that they even have to include such a statement in their reports.

Did they include anythign about racism?

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