games™ asks What's so bad about violence?
games™ Issue 160
It seems almost inevitable that as long as there are video games, there is going to be controversy surrounding every aspect of their content. Games containing violence or gore are easy number one targets at the top of many critics hit-lists. Ironically, critical groups will often seek to destroy that which does not meet with their complete approval. Perhaps they think a game is too violent or they simply don’t understand the concept portrayed by the video game creator. Perhaps in some cases they are just seeking their own fifteen minutes of fame.
Running With Scissors President and CEO Vince Desi recently was privileged to join in a group discussion concerning the reception games such as POSTAL receive from gamers, fans and supporters. Thrashed out under the gun, so to speak, was the value to society of being able to act out violent or destructive, blood splattered attacks and murders. Vince states “Human beings live fo...