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Gearbox believes NRA should be advocating gun laws instead of pointing fingers at games

Saturday, 2 March 2013 21:28 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Violence in video games is a hot button issue in some circles, with pundit going as far as to blame gun violence on crimes committed around the world, and most recently in the US. One of the most vocal accusers of late, is the EVP of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, who in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut called the video game industry a “callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against own people, through vicious violent video games.” His opinion, is not one which Gearbox president Randy Pitchford shares.

Speaking with GI International during DICE 2013, Pitchford said he has mixed feelings on including gratuitous violence in games, but at the same time it’s important to “stand up for anyone’s ability to explore ideas and to express.”

“I have mixed feelings. I don’t think there are thought crimes,” he said. “I think the evidence is that the more a culture can share an experience and understanding through informational media, that the more mature and safe and secure and nonviolent that culture actually becomes.

“That said, as a creator and as a consumer, you can see true bullshit. I don’t really have a lot of respect for that. If you’re going to do something gratuitous just to get my attention and there’s no other value to it, I’ll see right through it as a customer.”

Pitchford said before casting blame or stones in another direction, the NRA would benefit more from taking a page out of the ESRB’s playbook.

“Think about the world’s relationship and the game industry’s relationship with the ESRB,” he said. “The ESRB is our self-regulated ratings body; the industry created this body to put labels on games. Most publishers, we pay for the ESRB, but we also have this high tension relationship. They’re really good at their jobs – they hold the industry accountable to fitting within the guidelines of whatever the label is and they will label appropriately. If you cross a line they will put you in a different spot, whether you want to be in that spot or not. And compared to the movie rating system, they have the best awareness and understanding of what their rating system is, and they have the best enforcement. Retail participates.

“Imagine if the NRA was actually advocating for gun laws; imagine if the NRA had the same relationship with the gun industry that the ESRB has with the game industry. Instead of the NRA saying don’t make any laws, now it would be like, ‘Fuck, the NRA’s making me do all this so my guns are safer, and I get why they’re doing it but it’s kind of a pain in my ass.’ That’s how the game industry’s relationship is with the ESRB.

“We love that it’s there but we’ve got to deal with shit; we have to go through a process to get the rating. If we don’t the retailers won’t stock us, and when some of the content pushes the line a little bit they’re going to call us on it and we have to deal with that. Imagine if the NRA had that same relationship with its industry, they could be good guys.”

The full interview can be read through the link.

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16 Comments

  1. Hirmetrium

    I believe Gearbox should be patching Aliens: Colonial Marines and investigating/explaining what happened, rather than putting out opinions on gun laws.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DarkElfa

    THE NRA is outdated and full of asshats.

    Just like Gearbox.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Panda

    cute :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. rusty_shackleford

    I’ve played 100s of hours of BL1 and 2.

    “If you’re going to do something gratuitous just to get my attention and there’s no other value to it, I’ll see right through it as a customer.” – Randy Pitchford

    I’m now watching the demos for duke nukem forever and aliens colonial marines on youtube. I paid full price for those games. SCREW YOUR GEARBOX.

    “but at the same time it’s important to “stand up for anyone’s ability to explore ideas and to express.”” – Pitchford

    I am all for open discussion, I support the 1st Amendment, but when the ideas being discussed are about taking away ANY of my rights, the idea isn’t one worth pursuing. But hes obviously against the 1st amendment as well if he supports the ESRB.

    I would think the man behind the game originally advertised as ‘the game with a gazillion guns’ would atleast understand the absolute necessity of the 2nd amendment. I guess not.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    Right. Only the Tea Party knows how to read the constitution.

    It must be so hard for you guys to be surrounded by idiots like us, durrrr.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    I would go far as to say that anyone that actually supports the 2nd amendment hasn’t even read it. It mentions nothing of the fact of private citizens owning a weapon. It’s entire point is about a local militia having weapons to prevent tyranny. SO all those with guns are somehow a part part of the national guard?….Oh wait they aren’t.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. rusty_shackleford

    “A Well regulated militia, being neccessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

    http://www.english.illinois.edu/-people-/faculty/debaron/584/584reading/guns%20and%20grammar.pdf

    The right to bear arms belongs to the people, not the militia. The national guard is not a militia. Please go look up the definition of a militia.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militia

    “Militia generally refers to an army or other fighting force that is composed of non-professional fighters; citizens of a nation or subjects of a state or government that can be called upon to enter a combat situation, as opposed to a professional force of regular soldiers”

    So its pretty clear the national guard is NOT a militia. They are professionals.

    The right to bear arms belong to individual citizens, not the ‘militia’. The right to bear arms is a requirement for the right to form a militia.

    There is also the “shall not be infringed” part that everyone ignores. There is no linguistic debate to be made against it. Its 100% clear. Any gun control is against the constitution. Period.

    I do not support the tea party. I do not support any current political party. I just believe in the ideals America was founded on, the individual freedoms laid out in the constitution. The first and second amendments are required to maintain the rest of our rights.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    … And nobody’s challenging them. That’s just your own misguided paranoia.

    Freedom of speech also includes the freedom to remain silent, and the right to bear arms is still just a right. It doesn’t exempt anyone from the responsibility of ensuring that they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

    It’s not a right to prevent anyone from giving a fuck about all the people getting slaughtered as a result of that amendment.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. rusty_shackleford

    No one has died as a ‘result’ of the 2nd amendment.

    The 2nd amendment doesn’t give anyone the right to go slaughter people.

    Its about the right to bear arms for defense.

    Random slaughter of innocents has been frowned upon since the dawn of civilization.

    Almost all mass shootings are done in ‘gun free zones’ where the right to bear arms was taken away from those being slaughtered and they are left helpless.

    The 2nd amendment was created to defend ourselves from being slaughtered. If more citizens understood this and exercised their right to bear arms most mass shootings would never happen.

    Look at those mass shooters. They are nerdy kids. You think they’d be able to kill all those people if even one of them pulled out their own gun and shot back? it’d instantly change the dynamic from a full on, one-sided slaughter to a shoot out between an angry, disturbed person and a rational gun owner with 1 clear target?

    I know its hard to believe, but guns can be used to save lives as well as take them. Its all about intent, and someone with criminal intent will commit criminal acts with or without a gun. Taking guns away doesn’t solve the underlying mental health problems plaguing our society. Criminals already don’t follow the law. Most gun crime is already commited with illegally obtained guns. The people following the law are the only ones who will be worse off.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    “No one has died as a ‘result’ of the 2nd amendment.”

    Uhuh. Somehow I think most of hundreds of thousands of people killed with legally produced and purchased firearms would beg to differ with you on that.

    Although I’m sure some of those died hooting and hollering, ever thankful for the privilege of owning a gun.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. rusty_shackleford

    The 2nd amendment is a sentence on a piece of paper. It hasn’t killed anyone. PEOPLE have killed PEOPLE, and killers were around long before the guns or 2nd amendment.

    And even if you take away the 2nd amendment, again, its just a sentence on a piece of paper, taking away that sentence doesn’t remove the ‘gazillion’ guns already out there. The criminals and the killers will never hand over their weapons, only the law abiding, non killers.

    When you remove guns from law abiding citizens, only the criminals will have guns. Go take a look at the inner city of chicago. its full of illegal guns and shootings happen every day. And guess what? Chicago has the tightest gun control available. Look how well that turned out, only the criminals have guns.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    Let’s just cut the bullshit.

    It’s a sentence on a piece of paper that has placed millions of deadly weapons into the hands of entirely random people. Let’s not try to run from the subject whenever it becomes uncomfortable.

    As to the notion that legislation wouldn’t work, it already has worked.

    Australia did it in the 90′s, and thousands of lives have been spared as a result.

    New York has enacted legislation, and they’re now enjoying the lowest murder rate in 50 years.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. rusty_shackleford

    Show me one life, let alone 1000s, that have been ‘spared’ as a result of gun regulation in Australia. All you can cite are hypothetical ‘lives saved’

    New York is safer because they have one of the largest private police forces in the world. And all those private police carry guns. And all those police with guns go around commiting illegal ‘stop and frisk’ searches on innocent civilians in new york. The excessive amount of illegal searches carried out by armed private police in new york is what reduced ‘crime’.

    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    All you can cite are hypothetical ‘lives saved’

    I don’t see anything hypothetical about the fact that fewer people are dying as a result of gun violence, following that legislation. I would say that’s pretty well substantiated.

    And the mayor of New York begs to differ with your analysis. Far be it from me to judge who has the best data and the best overview, but in this case I think I’m gonna go with Bloomberg.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. rusty_shackleford

    Ok, go with Bloomberg, 20th richest man in the world posing as a public servant, running New York like some corporate fascist straight out of Robocop, passing illegal law after illegal law. He is the epitome of a modern day robber baron ‘too big to fail’.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    @15 I know, what a retard. He must really suck at everything.

    #16 2 years ago

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  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.