The trailer for Halpin’s documentary: Spencer Halpin’s Moral Kombat received mixed reviews. Since the video was posted on YouTube a year ago, Spencer has been dealing with outraged gamers who feel his documentary takes an anti-gamer and pro-censorship stance.
Interviewed in the film are leading politicians, journalists, academics, consumer advocates and special interest group executives, game developers, retailers, trade associations and publishers. The interviewees among others, include: Dr. David Walsh, Dr. Michael Rich, Lorne Lanning, Greg Fischbach, Dean Takahashi, Jeff Griffiths, John Marmaduke, Pamela Eakes, Andy McNamara, Greg Ballard, Bob McKenzie, American McGee, Hal Halpin (Spencer Halpin’s brother), Lt. Col Grossman, Phil O’Neil, Marie Sylla, Ed Williams, Richard Ow, Dr. Henry Jenkins, Jason Della Rocca and Jack Thompson. WHAT?! Yes. Jack’s in there. And that may automatically send some gamers screaming for the hills, but maybe that’s okay. After all, we’re not the target demographic for the movie.
According to Spencer Halpin, the trailer was not targeted at gamers, but rather the “42 year old women” who were concerned about video game violence issues, but didn’t fully understand them. This film serves as an educational tool for those parents trying to decide whether their kiddos should have access to certain games and, although I haven’t seen it yet, hopefully it wakes these adults up so they can understand that just like there are X rated movies for grown ups, there are also M rated video games for us. And those should all be kept away from the kiddies.
The official release date hasn’t been announced yet, but I’m looking forward to checking out the film and seeing the response. Here’s the official trailer: