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Fake controversy forces trophy change in God of War: Ascension
Posted on March 11, 2013 by Oscar Gonzalez

Last week, the first reviews of God of War: Ascension started making the rounds on various gaming sites. One review in particular by Rev3Games' Executive Producer, and former X-Play host, Adam Sessler, caused a huge uproar that was completely misleading and forced a change by the developer.

In his review, Sessler expresses his disgust over a particular scene where Kratos was “boot stomping a Fury’s face-in” and then after the cutscene, you receive a trophy called “Bros before Hos.” He declares this a case of misogyny that makes the game “irredeemable.” Problem is, that’s not why you get the trophy.

In the video below from RoshtheGamer's YouTube channel, SPOILERS!!!, you see that Kratos does stomp the face of a Fury during the Quicktime Event that happens following the battle and he proceeds to impale her on a spike. However, you don’t receive the trophy right after that. Instead the trophy comes after a scene with Kratos receiving help from another character, Orkos.

With that context, it’s apparent that the “Bros before Hos” was less about the battle and more about the kinship between Kratos and Orkos, hence the term, rather than a hatred or violence towards women. Nevertheless, the fake controversy sparked an outrage that riled up feminist gamers everywhere.

This is similar to my previous article about the propaganda posted by Gameranx where they deliberately altered a story to push their feminist agenda and completely ignored the facts of a situation that took place at last year's Eurogamer Expo.

Today, Joystiq reported that God of War:  Ascenion developer, Sony Santa Monica, will be changing the name of the trophy in a launch day patch. Mind you, even Joystiq failed to report on the proper context of the trophy and continues to mislead their readers on the case. Here’s the statement from the developer:

"We have created and will soon push out a patch for God of War: Ascension that alters the title of one of the game Trophies. The text was offensive to some members of our community and impacted their enjoyment of the game. We are endlessly committed to ensuring that our community can fully enjoy the experiences the team has created. As such, we've addressed the feedback and amended the Trophy in question."

While Sessler has every right to be offended by the scene, he has a responsibility to his audience to provide context to his outrage. His actions are no different than Breitbart.com’s Noah Dulis calling out the gaming press over the mediocre reviews of Medal of Honor:  Warfighter due to what he calls ”a history of mocking games that are positive in their treatment of the US Military.” Just like Sessler caused an outrage among feminists gamers, so has Dulis amongst conservatives.

In both cases, their agenda took precedent over the facts of the matter, making both them equally reprehensible. 

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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