To be honest, I think the media are getting bored with all this 'Video Games Are Evil And Doom Makes People Blow Up Schools' stuff. Let's face it, GTA3, State of Emergency and Hooligans (a C&C style game where you control football fans kicking the crap out of each other) have been released and no-one has kicked up a huge fuss. Hell, around my way, the computer shops have had full size window posters for GTA3, something that would not have happened when the original was released. Backyard Wrestling will get a 'Hey, look what they are selling for kids now' mention and forgotten within a day.
If done right, it could potentially be a good game, especially if there is an EWR style ability to turn your group of mates choking each other in a McMahon beater.
...full of energy. Multi-orgasmic, if you will, in a cosmic sort of way."
Thank goodness, a voice of reason, at least one to point out the potential hypocrisy here. I find it hard to believe people that are getting indignant about this here are probably the same people who love the Grand Theft Auto series, one where you play a damn criminal you does harm to innocent civilians! If this game is actually good, people won't blink an eye at the content.
For some reason, I don't have much of a problem with a video game based on backyard wrestling. I mean, it's not reality when done on a video game (I mean 80% of things done in video games would be dangerous if tried in real life). Hey, if kids getting into a video game prevents them from trying this crap for real, then it would be a good thing. I doubt it will actually create more backyard wrestling (the way I figure, you are either crazy enough to do it or your not. If you are, you are already doing stupid things)
One thing I don't understand is why Eidos bothered to get a license from Backyard Wrestling Videos. This should be kept generic in my opinion, with fictional characters (and of course a create-a-wrestler option). Why bother with a license, it's not like you are getting stars.
As a Christmas gift to myself, I decided to pick this game up...and what an awesome game it is! Outside of the weak radio stations and the sometimes difficult control (the analog stick on the PSP is quite dreadful, I think) I am very happy with the game....