When violent video game controveries flare, it's often said that critics are unintentionally increasing traffic to the game in question.
Such appears to be the case with The Torture Game 2.
The amateur, online game has been attracting no small amout of attention lately, including a parental alert from watchdog group the Parents Television Council.
The free game is available at online gaming portals Newgrounds and Kongregate.
But a message posted by Newgrounds guru Tom Fulp documents that the controversy is actually bringing many new players to the game:
The latest controversy has been surrounding The Torture Game 2, a fun little ragdoll physics engine that lets you do all sorts of horrible things to a lifeless dummy. Sensible Erection put together a gallery of all the fancy artwork you can create with TG2... at which point Derek Yu made a post about it on TIGSource and a whole debate erupted.
MSNBC picked up on the TIGSource debate and posted their own article about the game, but the real fun came when FOX News weighed in with a Fair & Balanced video, expressing their disgust while showing real-time footage of the person being tortured. Hey! At least we slapped a MATURE rating on the game and made you click a link to view it... Fox just dumped it into every living room in America!
As a result of their efforts, many more people are now enjoying The Torture Game 2.
The Fox News video mentioned by Fulp appears at left.