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Controversy and Video Games go together like Traffic and Weather and with these two bitter problems circling the network of entertainment its very hard to get away from it all. As gamers we are constantly asked if we think video games are causing children and soft-minded individuals to 'act out', which is an unfair statement. It would be like asking us to guess what a person is thinking. You see the effects video games have on people depends on that particular person's mental strength and sensibility, not the level of graphic violence or sex in a video game or film. Why is Pulp Fiction considered cinema genius when it carries vulgar language, drug abuse, violence and rape, and yet a game such as Call of Duty receives angry press for its graphical content.

To be honest, we've all played 'that' mission from Modern Warfare 2; it's hardly forcing you to look away from the screen in disgusted horror. And yet there was so much angry press about it. Look, there are two big things that will probably never, ever appear in video games but will in films.

One; I keep rattling my brain about it, but I can't think of one game where the user is able to inflict pain or kill a child MPC. Murdering children will just never appear in a video game, it's an unwritten rule. To be fair, if you're complaining about not being able to kill a child in a video game, you're probably in need of some care. I'm just saying.

Two; The conflict of 'Sex' in a game can usually be a romance story or an actual animation of two naked avatars rubbing against each other; defining what could have been the worst thing for the studio's animator to create. But amongst all that awful polygon nudity, there is a rule. No rape. Like my 'child killing law' I can't think of any game that ever displayed or simulated forced sex. Aside from those dodgy Japanese Flash games, I can't think of any mainstream or current generation console game that ever stepped into that territory.

So what I'm trying to say is why are we worried? Why are people blaming video games for an incident involving a misunderstood teenager? If we stopped stooping to the level where we blame inanimate objects on real issues we may see that nothing really has the power to subliminally force someone to act out in violence. Maybe you need to be a trained psychologist to understand it all, but surely these people who do act out are clearly under a lot of mental strain and very unstable, and all it takes is one thing to make them snap. It just so happens that one thing is Manhunt.

I say game developers should carry on with what they're doing. Games shouldn't be restricted away from the real world and its scenarios just because a minority ruined it for the majority. Wording this very wrongly, I sound like I'm encouraging video game violence, but that's not the point I'm trying to make. Truth is people will try to find problems in any game no matter what genre or target audience. Stick parents and teachers in front of Super Mario Brothers and I guarantee you'll find someone with a reason why they wouldn't let their children play it. That's it really.
 

Comments
Mathias720
Member
9 years ago
Yeyy I did it. Only thing I don't understand is why all italics are in red.
three games spring to my mind when you talk about sex and rape on consoles new and old, virtual sex 1 and 2 were both on ps1, and now theres rapelay on pc which is a japanese game where ur objective is to rape young girls in front of people.
Mathias720
Member
9 years ago
When I was at college there was a Japanese Flash game, can't remember it's name exactly but it was something like 'Rape Girl' or something. One of the most surreal and disturbing games you could even come into contact with, it has to be 'played' to be believed.
x2i
Administrator
9 years ago
Its the style sheet, should change it really lol
Mathias720 Said
but surely these people who do act out are clearly under a lot of mental strain and very unstable, and all it takes is one thing to make them snap. It just so happens that one thing is Manhunt.
A very valid point indeed. No normal person will act out from a video game and the people that do are psychotic and are bound to do it anyway.

Any way here's a funny IGN comic on the same subject . ds.ign.com/articles/108/108656...
Mathias720
Member
9 years ago
Ha! God I love satire.