One of the stars from Detroit: Become Human has defended Quantic Dream’s decision to include a polarizing scene in its upcoming interactive title.
Voicing CSA, which aims to “empower survivors to speak and to be listened to and to find the proper channels to help them in recovery,” claims that Detroit “will ‘normalize’ child sexual abuse and domestic violence.”
“The perfect game for the sick sexual predator and abuser,” Voicing CSA tweeted. “This game must be banned.”
The tweet included a link to the Daily Mail’s article on Detroit, which had UK politicians and campaigners calling Quantic Dream’s title “repulsive.”
@DailyMailUK @NSPCC @Harpsichordi this game will ‘normalise’ child sexual abuse and domestic violence. @Sony @AmazonUK. The perfect game for the sick sexual predator and abuser. This game must be banned. @QUANTIC_DREAM @CageDavid #CSA #DV @InquiryCSA https://t.co/Apuk3CJCIj
— Voicing CSA (@voicing_csa) December 3, 2017
Responding to Voicing CSA, Dechart came out swiftly on Twitter to say that Detroit should not be banned because of the so-called controversial scene.
“Did anybody watch that trailer and think domestic violence was good?” Dechart said.
“The story relies on player choice and elicits empathy. Maybe there’s a clue hidden in the title, Detroit: Become Human…”
no, no it mustn't.
did anybody watch that trailer and think domestic violence was good?
— Bryan Dechart: Human (@BryanDechart) December 10, 2017
Other Twitter users shared similar sentiments towards Dechart on Voicing CSA’s scathing remarks.
“The false outrage over a hit piece has encouraged me to buy a game I was previously uninterested in, just to boost its sales a little more,” one user wrote. “Signed, a victim of what you CLAIM you’re trying to speak against.”
Another user wrote: “What a terrible article. Clearly, you are out of touch with real life. Your aim in the game is to save the child, your character isn’t the abuser and the one doing the abusing is seen as an awful, terrible person. It isn’t glorifying domestic abuse.
“It’s not normalizing anything; it’s bringing up the topic unless you’re saying domestic abuse shouldn’t be talked about? As a survivor of domestic abuse, I have no issue with this game, even with the similarities to my childhood. I’m glad it’s being shown how terrible it is.”
Voicing CSA held its stance on its original tweet, replying to another user by saying that “Justifying childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence in a ‘game’ because it is an artistic medium is quite frankly b*******.”
“Not only will it prove popular with abusers, it WILL also fall into the hands of children who will consider that it is an accepted fate,” Voicing CSA tweeted.
Justifying childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence in a “game” because it is an artistic medium is quite frankly bullshit. Not only will it prove popular with abusers it WILL also fall into the hands of children who will consider that it is an accepted fate.
— Voicing CSA (@voicing_csa) December 4, 2017
Detroit’s domestic abuse scene shows the turbulent, violent relationship between single father Todd Williams and daughter Alice.
When Todd angrily lashes out against Alice, the player, who takes control of the housekeeping android Kara, can either let the scene play out without getting involved or intervene and save Alice from her abusive father.
Detroit writer and director David Cage has described the title, which debuted at Paris Games Week in 2015, as the “most advanced title ever produced” by Quantic Dream.
Detroit will launch exclusively on PlayStation 4 in 2018.