SmackDown Vs RAW 09 Already In Hot Water With Critics

Joe Burgett @JoEburGett_WESenior Writer IIIOctober 31, 2008

Most fans have been counting down the days since last year for the release of Smackdown VS Raw 2009, and it is set to hit stores within the next week or so.

However, some video game publications have gotten an early copy of the game and some strange manipulation on behalf of Triple H has come to light.

A few weeks ago "Fighting Spirit Magazine" pointed out in a press conference for the game that HHH was always in the dominate position, and was never to be shown in a position of weakness.

The magazine then went on to say that staff creating the screen shots for the game were ordered by Vince McMahon himself to only show HHH either performing moves or posing, and that he wasn't to be shown in a weak position under any circumstances.

I looked all over the web about this and I found an article from the same magazine. Here is a sample of what they had to say about the new Smackdown vs RAW 09 video game:

Digital Politics (Fighting Spirit Issue No. 32)
WWE video game feels the Triple H Effect

"We all know how much Triple H loves squashing five guys on Raw or killing Kenny Dykstra for no good reason on SmackDown. The extent to which he's protected and booked to look indestructible on WWE television is an old and very sad story."

So maybe it was inevitable that the same mentality would spill over into WWE's video games too.

"With SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 out in November, early game code has been sent out to video-games press. And one of our button-bashing buddies got in touch to inform us of some new directives that game journalists must abide by with this year's version of the game."

"Got WWE preview code yesterday and, as always, screen-shots have to be approved if we decide to take our own. So far, so usual. But here's the interesting part: there are further stipulations that highlight which screen-shots will immediately be given the thumbs down."

"These include screen-shots of 'superstars' (not allowed to refer to them as wrestlers) bleeding, weapons being used... and we're not allowed to take ANY screen-shots of Triple H losing or ANY screen-shots of Triple H in a 'defenceless or vulnerable position'. Oh, and the game still sucks."

That's right, Hunter is so paranoid about protecting his spot that he's holding down people in video-games! What a dork. Fortunately, his very own theme song tells us that, "It's all about the game, and how you play it / It's all about control and if you can take it."

Well, we have taken control and we've made sure Triple H is both defenceless and vulnerable in the screen shot to the left."

I found another by Preferential Treatment (Power Slam Issue 171/October 2008)

"THQ, publisher of the forthcoming SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 video game, has helpfully distributed a WWE-approved list of guidelines which all magazines are expected to adhere to concerning screen-shots used in conjunction with reviews of the game.

Attempting to minimise the violence in the game, WWE and THQ have decreed: "Do NOT show blood." And, "If using weapons, do not show anything with significant force (or intent to have)." These directives are in accordance with WWE's new toned-down, PG-rated product.

However, we're not sure how WWE and THQ can justify the clause pertaining to Triple H in the SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 screen shot guidelines. It states: "Refrain from showing Triple H in a losing/defeated/defenceless position.

THQ does not ask that anyone else on the WWE roster be 'protected' in this manner: magazines are only forbidden from printing screen-shots of HHH " in a  losing/defeated/defenceless position."

After they criticized the game they said it would not be good, but never related it to the TNA Impact video game.

It is still projected to sell better than TNA Impact, and is expected to be better. But since I've yet to play SVR 09, I can't tell you if it is or isn't.

The information does raise a few issues pertaining to HHH. He is a well known political animal within wrestling circles and his back stage maneuvers are as famous as his in-ring moves. In their recent feud, Jeff Hardy alluded to the fact that HHH has only won so many titles since he married the bosses daughter.

Many have thought this, but here is the first time it has ever been mentioned on WWE tv. What these requests do highlight, is the fact that Vince McMahon himself issued these orders. This only gives credence to what people refer to as HHH's meteoric rise after he married Stephanie McMahon.

But with all the new things involved in the game this year such as create a finisher, inferno match, Punjabi prison match, and stretcher match, you'd figure it should be good.

Of course, we as wrestling fans love blood and if what they're saying is true and there is no blood, I will be annoyed. If they don't want blood, there is a setting on there where you can take it off you know...for you 12 and under's out there.

When I get the game, I will give a full review on it, and tell you the truth. But until then I guess we will have to take the word of these magazines. What do you think?

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