The Best Violent Moments In Video Games

There's really no getting around it: many, many games are about violence, and sometimes it can be a bit much. Kill this, kill that, kill this until it all feels the same, like mowing a lawn or stomping an anthill. We've written a ton about it. But violence can also be incredibly powerful and interesting. Let's talk… » 6/27/14 10:07pm 6/27/14 10:07pm

A Game Where You Torture Someone Because They Want You To

Torture sequences in games are old news—many major franchises have included it in some capacity, from the classics like Metal Gear Solid to some more recent big titles like Grand Theft Auto and Splinter Cell. The context is usually the same—torture is explored as a military practice (or a critique of military stuff),… » 10/29/13 6:00pm 10/29/13 6:00pm

25 Video Game Violence Studies, Summarized

With video games so consistently a topic in the mass media's examinations of the recent Sandy Hook shooting, we decided to take a look at the studies that try to determine what effect—if any—video games have on violent or aggressive behavior. President Obama made a call for more studies, providing the CDC with $10… » 1/17/13 12:29pm 1/17/13 12:29pm

I’m Mentally Ill, I Love Violent Video Games, And They’ve Never Made Me…

When it was reported that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre were big fans of Doom, the original first person shooter in the eyes of many, I dismissed the idea that violent video games could have been responsible for inspiring the event. As a lifelong devotee of video… » 1/16/13 10:20am 1/16/13 10:20am

Can We Talk About The Joy Of Violence Without Sounding Like Complete…

In a fit of frustration over Hotline Miami and the way gamers discuss violent games, I ended up talking to game critic/provocateur Cara Ellison. She adores Hotline Miami, you see. » 12/18/12 6:00pm 12/18/12 6:00pm

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