Bethesda Teams Up with The Onion to Promote The Evil Within, Fake Barbed Wire Advocates Get Angry
Bethesda and mock-news network The Onion have teamed up and today released a news report on The Evil Within. The satirical report plays to past video game controversies where advocates demand that a game’s creator takes responsibility for offensive and potentially damaging actions. In this case, Bethesda is being criticized for portraying barbed wire in a negative light.
In the video, advocates for barbed wire complain that The Evil Within makes out barbed wire as bad thing, hurting its reputation. The Evil Within, being a horror game with gruesome imagery, uses barbed wire as a tool and accessory to showcasing its gore and violence.
Overall, the video is worth a watch and will induce a giggle or two. The idea is certainly clever, but not much to write home about. Either way, it seems Bethesda is ramping up their promotion of the game and that’s good. After some negative criticism of the game’s PAX East demo, Bethesda would do well with showing and telling us about the positive aspects of the game – maybe letting us try it for ourselves, too.