Staff Discussion: Video game Violence

[size=9]Violence In Games?[/size]


[size=8]Violence in games is a good thing, its better to shoot someone in Medal Of Honor or Call Of Duty than in real life. Violence may be good but it isn’t essential, Mario is one of my fav games and it doesn’t involve shooting or killing![/size]



[size=8]No! Games don’t make us violent you f**king w***er! wotchoo playin’ at, i’m gonna wack you!(cue more comedic yet true-to-life comments)[/size]



[size=8]I love violence in video games. If I get a fighting game, the more violent it is, the better! I like to blow stuff up and snipe people off, but it doesn’t make me want to go and harm people, not much anyway 😛
Super Smash Bros. are very violent games, but they don’t seem violent because they have no blood, and is more cartoon violence. SSB:M is a game where you can hit people with swords, use fire against people, electrocute others, use explosives, use arrows that are on fire, swallow people, people can get run over, drown…… yet anyone who doesn’t know the game, would look at the box, look at the characters, and thing ‘bah! such a soft game, for kids!’

If violence is displayed the way it is in such games as Grand Theft Auto, where you are rewarded for killing people, stealing cars, and causing destruction, to some fool out there, this could be encouraging.

Violence in video games alone is not bad, but when mixed with how it is put across to the user, and who the user is, then things might start to change a little.[/size]



[size=8]Violence in games is a good thing and a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. Letting people who do not understand the full extent of violence (e.g. small children) play violent games can teach them that violence is okay, leading to a violent life. However, letting people who are more mature and who know the differences between violence and normality play violent games is okay, as they can distinguish between what is right and wrong in today’s society.

Violence can also be a stress relief, if you’ve had a stressful day possibly playing a game such as Unreal Tournament can release the stress that has built up.

Personally I love violent games, as I can have a good release of stress, and also if the games have strategy thrown in as well, I’m learning how to organize etc. Which can also be another good point to violent games.

And also, I totally agree with what Rizz said.[/size]



[size=8]I am strongly opposed to games that use violence or over the top gore as their selling point, like Manhunt or Soldier of Fortune.

A little blood to enhance the realism or atmosphere of a game, however, is great, take The Twin Snakes for example, Grey Fox’s sword play would have quite the edge without the lost limbs and splatters of blood.

Basically the problem lies in the fact that people don’t respect the age warnings on video games, games and films have age warnings so it can be ensured that the player/viewer is mature enough to understand the real life consequences of the acts of violence portrayed in the game or film and while film ratings are generally acknowledged game ratings are not. A mother buying her eight year old son a copy of GTA3 is despicable, especially when she wouldn’t dream of letting her son watch the Texas chainsaw massacre, or other such films.[/size]



[size=8]It seems that companies have got this thing in there heads right now, and that is “Violence Sells” when this is slightly true it may have less basis in the truth than most think.

Every genre has a right to be available on consoles these days but like every other genre there are good and bad games, for every awe inspiring Prince of Persia there is a lackluster Enter the Matrix, for every legendary Halo there is as disappointing Die Hard Vendetta and for every breathtaking Grand Theft Auto there is a second-rate Manhunt.

As with all game violent ones can be good or bad and as long as there are violent games out there with good gameplay at the heart of them then nobody should be against the genre![/size]



[size=8]I think that violence in video gaming is sometimes over the top a little, games such as Manhunt on the PlayStation 2 was banned completely in New Zealand for its gratuitous violence, I think that as long as a game does not show cruelty and malice then it is alright for gamers to pick up and enjoy.

Snapping a guys knack isn’t too bad, in a video game, somewhat enjoyable in Splinter Cell 2 Pandora Tomorrow, but I think that’s as far as it should go.[/size]


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