MotorStorm: Apocalypse has encountered some controversy as of late. The series moves from it's stylish exotic getaways, and puts the player in a fictional city that is falling apart from natural disasters including earthquakes. The controversy began in New Zealand after an Earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 affected the country this past February. The game has been delayed indefinitely in New Zealand as a result. The release date of MotorStorm: Apocalypse is also delayed indefinitely in Japan as well after an 8.9 magnitude Earthquake struck the island last week.
The release date of MotorStorm Apocalypse: is now questionable in Europe as a result of the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand. Sony has stated that the release date, which is this week, is "under discussion" for Europe. I say release the game. I haven't experienced an Earthquake before in my life. The East Coast of the United States isn't exactly know for it's huge Earthquakes. I don't understand why people hide under tables, or know what it feels like to experience aftershock. It's like how people who have never seen snow have know idea what a blizzard is like. How would you know what it's like to shovel snow or make a snowball if you've never seen it?
Maybe MotorStorm: Apocalypse can give me a better understanding of what it's like to experience one. I only watch the news at the gym, and all I see from the Earthquake in Japan are images of the aftermath. The images are sad, but I have a hard time figuring out how an Earthquake causes so much damage. Especially since I've only seen before and after pictures of Earthquakes on the news. The April 12th release date in the United States seem to still be solid at this point. Let's hope it sticks.
Before I end this post I want to take the time to let people around the world who have been affected by a natural disaster are in my thoughts and prayers. One love.