Disney CEO Wants To Clamp Down On Videogame Violence

Disney president Bob Iger isn’t an ally to the videogame industry as much as one might hope. He’s made a few comments in recent days indicating his desire to see measures taken against videogame violence, especially in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. He announced at a recent Q&A that he plans to start looking into the games his own company—Disney—produces to study the impact on violence in games.

According to Iger, he’s meeting with the rest of the heads at his company, which now includes LucasArts, “to take stock in everything we’ve got that can be considered near the line or over the line” (via Deadline) in terms of violence. While games like Epic Mickey 2 should be safe, a grim fate might be awaiting the likes of the upcoming Star Wars 1313, which is said to be more mature than LucasArts’ previous offerings.

“Fortunately at Disney there’s very little [violent content], but I still want to make sure we’re asking ourselves the right questions in terms of that standard,” Iger said, “and also [ensure] we’re willing to be a part of a dialogue in today’s world that I think is pretty necessary in terms of what our role is and what our role should be”.

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8 Comments on Disney CEO Wants To Clamp Down On Videogame Violence

sep

On January 28, 2013 at 2:53 am

EA crushed my dreams for Star Wars with SWTOR. I wish there had been a KOTOR 3.

1313 revived my hopes, but Fu3kney screwed it up.

Quinsec

On January 28, 2013 at 3:55 am

So, apparently our fears about a Disney purchase of Star Wars were well-grounded. Is the Star Wars Universe to be all sun shines and rainbows to fit with Disney’s corporate image? Disney produces plenty of violent films under their brand, are those going by the wayside too?

Cem

On January 28, 2013 at 6:02 am

Quinsec – Disney’s target is hormonal teenage girls, as it has been for years. Expect Star Wars to really push Leia as the lead and for Han and Luke to have peroxide-black emo hair.

David

On January 28, 2013 at 7:28 am

Another possibility for all this is that is just PR rhetoric that will in the end change nothing. In which case at least this time, it isn’t us being promised something and then it doesn’t happen, it’d be us being warned about something that never takes place. I’m honestly expecting nothing to change with disney from this.

Because let’s be serious, if we’re going to take this at face value, why would it stop at 1313? Let’s tone down the whole Marvel cinematic universe so that Iron Man 3 will be fighting against Activision and EA (and not for the same reasons we might want to see them fought), Captain America 2 will have a scene where he tries out call of duty on an xbox and calls it a mockery of the real thing, Thor will be trying to call for a reduction of arms on Earth and Asgard, Hulk will be renamed Banner, because we can’t have him going green (unless we mean enviormental of course!) and causing havoc.

All leading up to Avengers 2, where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes goes off and.. hmm.. uhh…. screw it they’ll just go get more schwarma for 3 hours.

Roman007

On January 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

Disney kills someone or someone dies in almost all of their early library for sure, its only when they started using non-people that the killing stopped.

David

On January 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

And even then, that’s not always the case. For example, Scar dies in Lion King for example thanks to those hyenas. And I’m pretty sure one of the animal characters was killed in that recent Princess and the Frog movie as well, thought I haven’t seen that movie enough to remember his name.

Mike

On January 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Get bent Disney.

TheDog

On January 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Hey Disney. I just heard, more than a dozen people have been killed in the last few days from cars. What do you say. Lets start a “ban the car” campaign. From now on everybody uses bikes. YEAH BABY!!!. F’n morons.