Take Your Chances on Prison Rape in New Judge Mathis Game

Take Your Chances on Prison Rape in New Judge Mathis Game

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Gamers who just can't get enough daytime television justice will want to keep an eye on Mathis "Detroit" Street Judge, a new game being co-designed by Judge Greg Mathis in which players live the thug life, complete with guns, cars, crime and, apparently, prison rape.

Players will step into the shoes of La-Ron Washington, a convicted felon on the streets of Detroit who received an early release from prison due to overcrowding. But the local mob believes La-Ron is responsible for the murder of a crime boss and wants him dead, and complicating matters further is the fact that he has two strikes against him already. La-Ron must "stay out of trouble, perform community services and avoid negative street influences and temptations."

"I know that the most popular game out there is Grand Theft Auto IV and I know that a lot of young videogame players like the [virtual] action of criminal activity," said Mathis. "In this game, we're giving them that action and adding the option of living a mainstream, successful life. They have the combination of an action-packed criminal activity, as well as the opportunity to turn their lives around and pursue a level of success, as I did after leaving my background in the world of crime."

Mathis, who says he's a gamer himself and enjoys playing games including Rockstar's hit Grand Theft Auto IV, said violent games like GTA are here to stay because they let players taste the "glamorous thug life" without actually indulging in it in real life. His idea is to add to that the option of choosing a normal life and the rewards that come with it.

"Giving these young gamers the choice between good and bad through in-game video sequences and narration, the Judge will be the source of reason for gamers," said Matty Rich, Mathis' partner in the endeavor, who's best known for the 1991 film Straight Out of Brooklyn and the 2005 videogame 187 Ride or Die. "The wonderful thing about working with the judge is that he knows the streets, but he also knows what it takes to get out of the slums of Detroit - hard work, education, determination."

Born in Detroit in 1960, Mathis became embroiled in gang life and was arrested numerous times for drug use and criminal behavior. He eventually escaped that lifestyle with the help of a sympathetic judge and family friends, and went on to attend Eastern Michigan University, after which he found employment at Detroit City Hall and eventually became the youngest person in the state to be elected as a superior court judge. He has become well known to daytime television audiences through his Judge Mathis television show.

"The main difference between our game and Grand Theft Auto is that players will have to deal with the justice system and consequences for their actions," Mathis said. Included on that list of consequences is surprise bum sex, which the judge made a point of mentioning as one of the possible downsides of going to prison. ""When you go to prison, you gain credibility when you come back on the streets. On the other hand, when you go to prison you can also be raped. So take your chances," he said. "We may see young people who make the wrong choice and go to prison and are assaulted repeatedly [in this game]."

Mathis "Detroit" Street Judge, the first title being developed by Rich's new company Matty Rich Games, is slated for release at the end of 2009 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Source: Yahoo!

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Yes! I've always wanted to drop the soap in a game.

Keith Vaz is going to have an apoplexy.

I wish game devs would realize that it's not the Criminal aspect of the GTA/Saints Row Titles that I like... it's the open world action and the fact that they are the only games that feature CAR CHASES! Why do no other games feature car chases!

Hmmm This guy is a genius!

Children buy the game->they kill guys/steal cars/sell drugs in game->get arrested in game->get raped in game->Dont commit crimes in real life!

I'm not sure I want to play a game where the only voice of reason is a daytime tv judge...
Surprise bum sex? This is why we can't have nice things.

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PedroSteckecilo:
I wish game devs would realize that it's not the Criminal aspect of the GTA/Saints Row Titles that I like... it's the open world action and the fact that they are the only games that feature CAR CHASES! Why do no other games feature car chases!

The car chases is the reason why I always hesitate before buying a sandbox game.

I can't wait to spend £40 on getting raped. At least it will be a stimulating game to play, I mean...*cough*

Awesome. Too bad I'll never get to play it.

Pfft where I come from £40 would buy you 8 real buttrapes

This game is going to suck.

It's going to be like one of those really bad Christian games.

I just hope it for the Wii. Then we can have a motion shiving a person who on the john. Oh what fun.

[snicker, snicker] This will either be a work of genius, or the worst thing ever conceived.

cjbos81:
This game is going to suck.

"....and your going to swallow!" (Potential box tag line?)

Ha! Rape! Funny. This guy sounds somewhat smart though. He had me at "...violent games like GTA are here to stay because they let players taste the "glamorous thug life" without actually indulging in it in real life."

Though I don't think that GTA4 was about the "glamorous thug life", the opposite if anything, I like that someone else realizes that if anything, the fact that people are doing violent acts in videogames means that they aren't doing it in real life.

iI don't think I'll be buying this game though.

Oh Your God... this is going to go down face first like a... I honestly cannot find a similie to describe the horrible things that are going to happen with this... or it might be amazing... well, I guess we're playing with dynamite and matches at this point...

I suppose this game is more realistic than GTA:IV, though I have thought what happens during athe blank bits when your arrested in GTA

You steal a car=Buttrape
You kill an old lady=Double Buttrape

I can see quicktime events to feign enjoyment. To make it over quicker and long time effects afterwards psychologically seeing soaps dropping from the sky etc

W T F!?!?

Cashing in on celbraty status by including them on the design team speaks of an industry that has run out of ideas, or at least the desire to invest in new ideas. This article makes me sad.

lacktheknack:
[snicker, snicker] This will either be a work of genius, or the worst thing ever conceived.

I know, the header description seemed like the worst possible thing by default, but the article itself outlines a touch of demented...something.

So it's Scare Straight: The Videogame?

Ironically wasn't judge mathis spoofed in GTA4 by a certain "street wise" television personality trying to 'clean up the streets yo', who then

PedroSteckecilo:
I wish game devs would realize that it's not the Criminal aspect of the GTA/Saints Row Titles that I like... it's the open world action!

And the reason why I dislike them is chiefly because they aren't open enough. What about a game like GTA where there are more ways to interact with people than just killing them? Just a thought here.

 

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