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10 Shockingly Violent Video Games

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10 Shockingly Violent Video Games

By DivineCaroline via Common Sense Media

The names of violent video games tend to travel fast among preteen and teen gamers. And the next thing you know, your kid wants to play them.

Common Sense Media’s list of the ten most violent video games is designed to arm you with enough information to help you make informed choices about what to allow your kids to play. And beyond that, they offer less-violent alternatives with the compelling gameplay that kids want.

Why care about violent video games? Prolonged exposure to violent media leads to aggressive behavior, anxiety, bullying, and desensitization. This cause-and-effect relationship is now part of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ official policy to help doctors and parents create a “safer” media environment for kids.

1. Manhunt
Players advance by stalking and killing victims, all for the delight of a “director” who urges you to make the killings bloodier, more cunning, and ever more horrific. Manhunt 2 is more of the same, but now you’ve been injected with a drug to bring out your “homicidal tendencies.”

Alternative: Mirror’s Edge

2. Resident Evil 5
Using guns, swords, or a chainsaw, you shoot, hack, and slash oncoming enemies, producing copious amounts of blood. And the game’s racial undertones are hard to ignore, as the white hero (accompanied by a light-skinned African-American) has to kill mostly black victims infected by the zombie-causing virus.

Alternative: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

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6:14AM PDT on Apr 9, 2015

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2:44AM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

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10:32PM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

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8:56AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Well, I commented on this in 2010 and I figured I'd give everyone an update.

Still playing violent video games, watching violent movies, and listening to metal.

Still haven't robbed a bank, ran over a hooker, hit, stabbed, shot, or killed anyone. In fact, I'm petting my cat right now.

Well damn, looks like your theory that "prolonged exposure to violent media leads to aggressive behavior, anxiety, bullying, and desensitization" has just been shot down. Is 3 years prolonged enough for you? How about 22 years? Yep, been killing people in games since then, and I've been violence-free that whole time.

Anyhow, back to shooting FAKE people in a GAME. See you in another 3 years :P

5:34AM PDT on May 28, 2013

These games do have a rating system, just like movies, but parents buy them anyway because their child wants them. The only one I evr played was Grand Theft Auto, and it was a challenge to complete the mission. Yes, I did play the criminal, shot cops, blew up fire trucks, and ran down pedestrians. but it was age appropriate for me. It did not make me want to go out and blast police away or blow up fire trucks. It would have been better if you took the same game and you were a soldier caught behind enemy lines and had to make your way out. If parents followed the age ratings on these games, instead of getting them what they want. There would be no problem!

4:56AM PDT on May 28, 2013

I'm glad to see that so many of the comments here are common sense instead of hysterically anti video game. Thanks everyone! My boys have played some of these "shockingly violent" games since they were little and they are 2 of the best most compassionate people I know. Violence predates electricity. See the Inquisition, torture, any war since the beginning of time and more than several notorious murders throughout history in any strata of society.

4:49AM PDT on May 28, 2013

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9:50PM PDT on May 6, 2013

I'm curious as to the criteria used to determine what constitutes "shockingly" violent, as several of the alternatives listed are fairly violent (though perhaps less outright gory) as well. Then again, there is a rating system on games for a reason, and when choosing a game for their child, parents should also exercise common sense. A game that's about WWII soldiers or a zombie apocalypse is probably going to contain violent imagery; if you don't want your 4-year-old exposed to something like that, don't buy it for them. Then when they're older and buying their own games, they can decide whether they prefer to play InFamous or Resident Evil (or who knows, maybe they'll end up liking both).
As for the argument that violent games lead to violent behavior, I think it's more complicated than that. There are a number of factors that influence a person's behavior, and different people respond to a given situation in different ways.

7:33AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

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