A new first-person video game is sparking controversy over its hyper-realistic graphics.
Footage of the game – called Unrecord – shared on Twitter this week tells the story of a tactical officer who chases down and kills criminals.
Players are thrust into the action via a bodycam camera angle that has eerily similarities to police shooting footage that has emerged in recent years.
One Twitter user said the tactical shooter game ‘gives real credibility to the nonsense politicians have been spewing for years about video games conditioning young people.’
The trailer for Unrecord has been released, telling the story of a tactical officer who chases down and kills criminals, but the startlingly lifelike graphics have split the public
The game’s violent nature does not phase others who are eager for Unrecord’s release and are hitting back at critics.
‘My favorite type of games are simulators and never have I desired to go and actually fly a fighter plane. This argument is pure feelings and,’ one user tweeted.
The issue stems from the current rate of mass shootings that have plagued the US in 2023 – the number has exceeded 160.
The trailer shows the first-person view from the body camera strapped to a man as he enters an abandoned warehouse, where he then comes in contact with other people for a shootout.
It ends with him entering a second-story room, asking someone in a closed room where Oscar is, only to be hit by an explosion.
Steam – the online PC gaming platform – shared the update, along with Unrecord’s co-creator Alexandre Spindler. Wednesday.
‘Unrecord is a tactical shooter where players can expect an immersive and narrative experience,’ reads the description on Steam.
‘Unrecord features complex dialogues, innovative gameplay mechanics, tough moral dilemmas, and a unique shooting system.
‘The storyline in Unrecord can be compared to a detective novel or a thriller.
‘The player will have to investigate several criminal cases and confront a diverse cast of characters.
‘The game’s plot and presentation will be central to the gameplay experience, and players can anticipate a range of gameplay sequences as well as numerous plot twists.’
Unrecord is speculated to be released on PC, but the game’s creators are ‘considering other platforms.’
The release date is unknown, but Unrecord is already making waves among the public, who are unsure what to make of it.
One Twitter user said the tactical shooter game ‘gives real credibility to the nonsense politicians have been spewing for years about video games conditioning young people’
The trailer shows the first-person view from the body camera strapped to a man as he enters an abandoned warehouse, where he then comes in contact with other people for a shootout
It ends with him entering a second-story room, asking someone in a closed room where Oscar is, only to be hit by an explosion
‘I’m going to get a lot of hate for this – but this level of realism in video games should be heavily moderated in *shooters* for anyone *under a certain age*, I hope parents do their job.
‘This level of realism for shooting & killing makes *me* feel uncomfortable as if I’m watching a real leak from a military or police operation,’ Twitter user Trainwreck shared.
And others suggested the game glorifies police brutality. But not everyone is on board with this assumption.
‘Seeing many people taking an issue with the game Unrecord glorifying police brutality because you play as a cop. Ugh yeah all of those call of duty and war games glorifying the army murdering Arabs and Russians and everything in between isn’t problematic eh,’ Twitter user Jar shared.
Steam addressed the notion that Unrecord is pro-police in a recent post.
‘As a French studio addressing a global audience, the game does not engage in any foreign policy and is not inspired by any real-life events,’ reads the blog post.
‘The game will obviously avoid any undesirable topics such as discrimination, racism, and violence against women and minorities.
The graphics are so realistic some people thought it was a real body camera stream
Unrecord is speculated to be released on PC, but the game’s creators are ‘considering other platforms
The release date is unknown, but Unrecord is already making waves among the public, who are unsure what to make of it
‘The game will have no biased or Manichaean take on criminal acts and police violence. We also respect and understand people who may feel disturbed by the game’s images. Art cannot fight against interpretation.’
However, there is still the issue of the realistic gun violence that is plaguing the US, which has experienced 163 mass shootings so far this year.
Then there is also a split on whether violent video games cause children to be more aggressive.
Real-life displays of violence, such as mass shootings in the US, have famously been blamed on video games by some politicians rather than lax gun regulation and easy access to firearms.
Troves of studies on this topic are released yearly but with conflicting findings.
Researchers at Iowa State University conducted a study in 2014 that found children who repeatedly play brutal video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence their behavior as they grow older
Scientists found the effect to be the same regardless of age, gender or culture.
However, in 2020 the opposite was determined.
Researchers from Massey University, the University of Tasmania and Stetson University reviewed multiple long-term studies into video games and aggression.
The team found no evidence of a substantial link between ‘aggressive game content’ and signs of anger or rage later in childhood.
‘Poor quality studies’ in the past likely exaggerated the impact of games on aggression, while better quality studies show the effects of gaming are ‘negligible,’ according to researchers involved.