Disney Vows To Examine Its Violent Video Games, If Any Exist

In America's wrenching argument over how and why we have so many mass shootings, such as the ones in Connecticut and Colorado, many have pointed the finger and video game makers to demand they take a good hard look at what they sell and its effect on impressionable young minds. And one CEO has said he will. That man is Bob Iger. Of Disney.

Iger, at a newsmakers luncheon on Wednesday, said he convened a meeting this week "to take stock in everything we've got that can be considered near the line or over the line".

I really have to wonder what the hell that would mean for Disney. Go search that word on the ESRB's website. I realise that doesn't return everything published under the company's name, or licensed by it, but as Disney insists on everything — films, games, TV shows — being officially titled Disney's Somethingsomething, it's a strong enough sample size, returning 322 results. Not a one of them is rated M, and that is no surprise. Just three are rated T: Tron: Evolution, and adaptations of The Incredibles and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Looking at that catalogue and searching for titles which have "violence" in their content descriptors, we find games like Disney Sing-It: Party Hits, which got a finger-wagging for "mild violence" because it features music videos depicting "medieval characters engaging in swordplay, and brief scenes of people wrestling". Also, the Jonas Brothers. Take a close look, Bob. That might be close to the line.

A Disney functionary later told Deadline that "any official plans to review the titles have not been solidified."

Bob Iger Taking Closer Look At Violence In Disney Video Games [Deadline]


    Well Disney does own Marvel now right, and there is a Deadpool game coming...

    I think we're going to see a lot of companies take steps along these lines, especially companies with a family friendly image.

    I think it is always a good thing if companies want to review what they are doing. I will be a little worried if 'Call of duty:Reasonable discussion of your grievances' gets game of the year. Even them I'm sure there will be many other places to get my inner psychopath scratched.

    actually I proboly wouldn't mind playing 'Call of duty:Reasonable discussion of your grievances'

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    Worse, disney now owns star wars! Can you imagine a star wars title with no violence? Disneys galactic senate debate simulator?

      Years ago I worked in s games shop and a mother comes in looking for a non-violent James Bond game obviously she had never heard of the term "licence to kill", oddly enough 007 racing was rated PG so I sold her that.
      But let's hope Disney's pacifist stance doesn't extend to Star Wars and Marvel.

    Well, Disney owns Star Wars and Marvel now. What with Star Wars 1313 coming out (supposedly you play as a contract killer), and Deadpool (a disfigured, mentally unstable anti-hero), not to mention that The Old Republic is attempting to bring back gamers with a new world based on Hutts - notorious as gamblers and slave owners.... wow...

    The crazy scenes in Phantasia and Dumbo did more damage to toddlers and children than any Mortal Kombat game.

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