In video games, there are often scenes of violence. And in “Detroit Become Human”, Quantic Dream does it intensively. Calls for boycotts arrived from Australia because “violence against women and children is not entertainment”.
The two exhibition trailers to “Detroit Become Human” proved that violence against children is an issue that is highlighted in the upcoming Quantic Dream project. In the first trailer an Android threatened to rush with a girl from a skyscraper, which does not have to remain an empty threat depending on the decisions. And in the PGW trailer, a girl is a victim of domestic violence, which can apparently end with the death of the daughter of the violent father.
These two scenes have apparently been deliberately chosen to bring “Detroit Become Human” into conversation, so it does not have to be assumed that only kids will get their hands on the upcoming PS4 game. Nevertheless, calls for boycott have been made in Australia. This is primarily about the scene from the latest trailer in which Todd, the violent father, first chokes the housekeeper (an android) and then climbs the stairs of his rundown house to beat his daughter with a belt.
“Now it’s over, dad’s not mad anymore,” Todd says after the beatings and puts the lifeless body of young Alice on her bed. The National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), which is active in Australia, sees this scene as very critical. It was “very worrying” and urged Australian businesses not to sell the game.
“Violence against women and children is not entertainment,” says Leesa Waters of the NAPCAN. “After what I’ve seen in the trailer, this content is very disturbing, and the content of this game is so appalling that anyone who watches the scenes is likely to be traumatized, let alone someone, the family power itself has experienced.”
After questioning a higher classification, it said, “We also call on the shops to take a responsible stance when it comes to putting games like this on the shelves,” Waters said.