reports on plans for Mathis "Detroit” Street Judge
Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 third-person shooter. The game is a
collaboration with director Matty Rich's recently founded Matty Rich Games (187
Ride or Die) and the television judge. The game has a first-look deal with WBIE,
and the story involves a felon with one last chance to turn his life around.
Here's a bit:
"I see this game as a way for young players to be part of
the glamorous thug life that is so popular in Hip-Hop culture without them
actually indulging in the life,” Judge Mathis explained to Yahoo.com. "Video
games allow you to obtain the fulfillment of their fascination with that
lifestyle without being in it. We're not going to stop the violent genre of
video games like Grand Theft Auto, so instead you try to engage it in a way that
allows them to obtain the fulfillment they're looking for but also give them the
choice of having a mainstream, successful life."
While blockbuster games like GTA add elements of satire and pop culture
references, Mathis is aiming to drive home the heavy emotional burden real life
gangsters carry due to their professions.
"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," Judge
Mathis stated. "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.”