Self titled ‘conservative Christian' Florida-based investment firm The Timothy Plan has published a Christmas shopping guide for parents that is designed to alert them to potentially offensive content in many games currently on the market.
Whilst the appearance of titles such as Grand Theft Auto IV, Silent Hill: Homecoming, No More Heroes, Fallout 3, Hellgate London, Gears of War 2 and Saints Row 2 is to be expected, a few surprise inclusions also make the listing.
Activision-Blizzard's World of Warcraft is highlighted for its inclusion of alcohol consumption, the fact it's addictive and the occasional use of the word ‘damn'. Which is starred out in the report.
Other inclusions are Rockstar's Bully: Scholarship Edition (comic mischief and ‘gay' achievements), Devil May Cry 4 (demonic), Metal Ger Solid 4 (tobacco) and Army of Two, which is chosen as it apparently boasts a somewhat ‘homo-erotic undertone between the two main characters'.
Many, if not most, parents who buy their kids video games really don't know the extent of sex and violence imbedded in them,” The Timothy Plan president Art Ally stated. From drug use, prostitution, murder and mayhem to vulgar profanity and blasphemy these games have become a powerfully negative influence on our kids.
I believe if parents would take a moment to look at the report we've created, their game selections would be quite different.”