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Steam Greenlight's Hatred of Tennis

By Bobfish17-12-2014

Well now, I'm sure we're all well aware of Destructive Creations' debut game by now. I'm sure we're also all well aware that it was removed, and then returned, to Steam's Greenlight system within the last thirty-six hours. Many of us are always aware that Gaben himself descended from the heavens to issue an official apology. I am absolutely serious, read it for yourself below.

Hi, Jarosław.

Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn't up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn't a good decision, and we'll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.

Good luck with your game.

The removal itself came after a series of complaints made by people who claimed it was offensive (which it absolutely is) and that it violated Steam's Greenlight guidelines...which it didn't, and still doesn't, hence its return. And subsequent massive influx of Yes votes. The very epitome of the so-called 'Streisand Effect'. A term coined after actress Barbara Streisand began a legal dispute to remove pictures of her home from the internet. Pictures nobody knew, let alone cared, about until she made a kerfuffle about them.

Now, don't get me wrong, the game is revolting. It's a thoroughly disgusting, asinine and juvenile attempt to create a controversy where none exists. Moreover, where none needs to exist. It is, however, also part of an artistic medium and, as such, has every right to exist and be offensive. Adrian Chmielarz, Creative Director on the truly superb The Vanishing of Ethan Carter said it best I think.

But what does all this have to do with tennis? Yeah, don't worry, that isn't just some obtuse title to get your attention. You see, Björn Borg, the tennis player that does fancy gruds...is making a parody of the game in which you, ahem, "fight the forces of evil with the power of love."

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