IO Interactive’s Karsten Lund believes that only the “outside crowd” worry about violent videogames.
Speaking to CVG, the Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days director said that gamers have no problem discerning between “real-life and games”.
“Games, in general, throughout history have been violent,” said Lund. “Even Chess is a violent game about war you could say, right? Games are a chance to try stuff that you’re not trying in real life, and without having to face the consequences. Every game is like that so that’s nothing new.
“I’m not an expert in psychology, but I do think that some of these opinions come from an outside crowd that’s not really used to dealing with games, they just watch it and think ‘Oh, it’s got to be affecting people’. I do think our target audience knows the difference between real life and games”.
Furthermore, Lund believes that Kane & Lynch isn’t even as violent as other franchises. “What’s interesting is that it shows a lot less than a game like Gears of War, which is probably the most bloody game and brutal game I’ve ever seen,” he said.
“I mean you’re knee deep in blood and gore and nobody seems to notice.”