Bomb Toronto

Those crazy, sensitive Quebecers have their panties in a knot over Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain. This fictional game is to have a fictional mission in which you have to prevent fictional militant Quebec separatists from blowing up a Toronto subway station. Separatists (and the TTC) whined. Sony caved. They say they will remove the references.

I’m curious as to how they’re going to “fix” this. Are they just going to apply the “Generic Arab” skin on the terrorist models, and replace the Canadian flags of Toronto with American flags, and just set the mission in Generictown, USA? I hope not, because it’d be interesting to see their take on Toronto*. Not to mention, it’d be nice to get a chance to blow shit up within Toronto (assuming I’d ever play this game in the first place.)

* There are screenshots available, and some of them look like they are trying to portray Toronto — and with those shots, it looks like the developers didn’t do their research. But it’s too early to say.

Two things come to mind about this. The most obvious one is that people here are being way too sensitive. Did Baltimore complain about being nuked in The Sum of All Fears? The second thing is that this seems like a deliberate ploy on Sony’s part. Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain has not been a buzz generating game, in part to its poor E3 showing and in part to its ho-hum lineage. This little “controversy” has generated more publicity for Syphon Filter than it likely deserves.

Update: This was front page news on all the major papers today. To paraphrase:
WHAT.
THE.
FUCK.
MAN.
Talk about screwed up priorities.

Update to the update: Look at the screenshot in this article on Canada.com. Do I see a “Gamespot” watermark there? Do I not see any credit to Gamespot? Tsk tsk tsk. Not only is it lousy “news”, it’s also lazy reporting.

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