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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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    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]