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The Most Violent Video Games of All Time 287

adeelarshad82 writes "Switzerland and Australia already feel that violent video games are an issue, and in June the US Supreme Court will also take matters in its own hands. Revisiting some of the most violent video games made over the last couple of decades shows exactly why this is such a huge concern." Warning: this slideshow contains imaginary violence.
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The Most Violent Video Games of All Time

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  • by olsmeister ( 1488789 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @04:08PM (#35194280)
    Otherwise, it wouldn't be an escape from reality, now would it?
  • by gman003 ( 1693318 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @04:14PM (#35194316)
    Pretty soon, we'll be seeing stuff like "most violent blogs of all time" and "webcomics are destroying our youth". Just as soon as the mainstream media catches up with this decade.
  • by CajunArson ( 465943 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @04:16PM (#35194326) Journal

    Remember everybody, anyone who suggests that playing violent video games 18 hours a day everyday might have any negative consequences what so ever is obviously a deluded Christian fanatic who just wants to censor everything. Censorship is evil!
        Also please be sure to remember that talk radio and Sarah Palin are so evilly powerful that they single-handedly caused the shootings in Arizona even though the shooter didn't even listen to talk radio! (it was the evil permeating waves). Finally, remember that if any school child even hears the word "God" used in anything other than a derogatory manner or even sees a Bible that isn't being desecrated, that school child will forever mentally scarred beyond comprehension. Censorship is good!

        No, I don't take all of the preceding comments seriously, but Slashdot is strewn with +5 insightful mods that do state all of those positions seriously... and sometimes in the same post.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 13, 2011 @04:17PM (#35194328)

    Violent video games make ME uncomfortable. Therefore, nobody should be allowed to make or play them.

    Most laws that forbid civil liberties are based on this thought process, though they all have completely different ostensible justifications.

  • Idiots... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @04:19PM (#35194356) Journal
    Video games are among the best ways yet invented for keeping children from using the television to watch the news, an action which exposes them to a seamy world of corruption, pestilence, brutal exploitation, slavery, lust, violence, and savage, inevitable, death.

    The idyllic gameworld, on the other hand, offers a few PG-13 "situations", some morally unambiguous violence, and a world were death is a temporary setback.

    Video games are protecting the children!
  • by mangu ( 126918 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @04:24PM (#35194402)

    Violent video games make ME uncomfortable. Therefore, nobody should be allowed to make or play them

    I don't like people who talk about their religion to me. My solution? No, I don't want to ban religion. I just avoid it. Don't go to church, avoid people who talk about religion.

    Even though thousands of years of history prove that religion motivates people to perform the most atrocious violence, I'm not proposing to ban religion.

    Therefore I cannot understand why people want to ban games without even presenting credible evidence that games cause any harm.

  • by Zocalo ( 252965 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @04:27PM (#35194430) Homepage
    The scary thing is that you are probably right. Just about every form of media has been banned censored at some point; from the Catholic Church's removal of genitalia from countless statues, destruction of paintings depicting nudity, through the censorship of books, comics, music, films and more recently video games for being too graphic/suggestive violent. There have already been (mostly voluntary) attempts to get websites to rate their content for target audience ages, so I'm pretty sure it's just a matter of time before it becomes a legal requirement somewhere in the world. Right now, I think it's going to be a toss-up between Australia and the USA who gets there first.

    This post rated PG for use of sexually orientated wording.
  • by Jackie_Chan_Fan ( 730745 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @06:06PM (#35195056)

    Aggression or Frustration?

    They are very similar when it comes to gaming, but neither make you a murderer, unless you have the capacity to murder.

    Losing your job is frustrating. People have murdered their boss or taken it out on someone. Shall we make firing people illegal?

    ALL competitive sports, which are GAMES.... are both frustrating and generate aggression.

    Games arent always fun. It shows a lack of intelligence by anyone to think that a challenging form of entertainment will be blissful. A challenge is frustrating at times.

    Perhaps the problem is the human condition, and not the stimuli that we chose to blame this week.

    Cancer is frustrating. It will make you angry.

    A broken car can make you angry. Injustice can make you angry... Republicans can make you angry, and Democrats can make you lose hope in politics.

  • Re:Idiots... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @06:06PM (#35195058) Journal
    Special mention should probably be made of the "SVU" sub-genre, which combines all the vices of its conventional TV Police/crime ancestors with a relentless undercurrent of the most transgressive flavors of sexual violence currently available.

    You pretty much have to resort to import-only, often not even available in English, Japanese stuff to get close in a video game context. And pretty much all of that is cartoon/animated, rather than FMV live action...
  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968@noSpAM.gmail.com> on Sunday February 13, 2011 @06:54PM (#35195342) Journal

    But then the spoiled rotten "what about me?" generation might actually have to...oh I don't know...RAISE THEIR OWN DAMNED KIDS instead of handing them over to mommy government! Gasp! they might actually have to get involved and shit instead of just plopping them in front of electronic babysitters! The horror!

    Sadly I wish that was a fricking joke, but it ain't, as I have seen waaaaaay too many of my boys little school chums being raised by electronic babysitters. No books in the home, no real meaningful interaction, just plop them in front of (insert DVD, X360,PC,etc) and let it "keep them out of my hair".

    When my sister was struck down by MS and her husband decided that "taking care of a sick wife and two kids ain't for me" and skipped town I took it upon myself to be the best damned parent I could be despite deciding years ago not to have kids, and by God that is what I did, even when my back was so messed up from a car wreck they had to climb on a table just to get a hug or picked up.

    I didn't care about them playing violent games because I sat down and educated them by showing how what they saw was created on screen**, how scripting created the illusion of AI, how DOOM wads (dating myself here) could be edited to stick pictures of them in the game. I also didn't just stick them in front of a damned screen, even though many nights the pain in my back was terrible. I sat there and actually engaged their growing minds by reading Asimov to them (just like mom did to me when I was little) or watching Nova with them and teaching them how to research answers on the net when I didn't know the answer to one of their questions.

    TLDR? PARENTING IS HARD! And if you aren't willing to step up to the plate then don't fricking have kids! they ain't dolls, or little vanities for your ego, they are little human beings that need plenty of love and attention if they are gonna have a decent shot at a future. Now the oldest is started his first year of premed I'm proud to say, and the youngest still hasn't decided whether he wants to become a chef or do graphic arts. It has been damned hard but worth every second.

    **-This had a funny and unintended "side effect" whereas my boys have a unique method of "cursing" at a game, such as "Who made this thing? Look at all the tearing! What is this 1997? And what idiot wrote the AI routines for this thing? DUCK YOU STUPID ENEMY!!!

  • by shutdown -p now ( 807394 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @09:42PM (#35196198) Journal

    Slashdot is not Borg. There are different people here, with varying political, philosophical and religious outlooks. That's why you can have several "+5" comments in a single story which disagree on key points - so long as those points are subjective and not factual.

  • by anti-pop-frustration ( 814358 ) on Monday February 14, 2011 @04:16AM (#35197480) Journal
    >Finally, remember that if any school child even hears the word "God" used in anything other than a derogatory manner or even sees a Bible that isn't being desecrated, that school child will forever mentally scarred beyond comprehension. Censorship is good!

    Congratulation. You've just equated separation of Church and state with censorship.

    I wish Christians in America weren't such an oppressed minority with no voice (apart from several media empires) and nobody to represent them (apart from the whole Congress).

"A child is a person who can't understand why someone would give away a perfectly good kitten." -- Doug Larson