Television Judge Greg Mathis and director Matty Rich say they are teaming up to make a game for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 called Mathis “Detroit” Street Judge.
Rich directed excellent indie urban drama Straight out of Brooklyn in the early 90s and not-so-excellent video game 187 Ride or Die in 2005, and Mathis settles the disputes of the lost and hopeless on syndicated TV. So the pairing is interesting, to say the least. The duo plan to make a Grand Theft Auto-style action game featuring prison rape.
“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,” said Mathis. “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. We may see young people who make the wrong choice and go to prison and are assaulted repeatedly (in this game).”
I think I'd rather not be raped repeatedly.
But at the risk of making this a more serious issue than it deserves to be, while it's possible to play "urban" games like GTA IV without committing any crimes, players' environment encourages criminality very strongly. If you're all but forced into a life of crime by playing the Judge Mathis game, and then you're raped in prison, maybe that makes a compelling social statement. If it wasn't for the involvement of Matty Rich (seriously, Netflix Straight out of Brooklyn; it's brilliant) I'd think this was ridiculous, but as it stands, hey, maybe this game will be smarter than the people laughing at it.