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10 Shockingly Violent Video Games

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3. Dead Rising
Based on the 1978 Dawn of the Dead zombie splatter flick, this game combines gory imagery—like shotgun blasts, chainsaw dismemberment, and hand-to-hand combat—with images of nude women on various objects.

Alternative: Prince of Persia

4. Resident Evil 4
Players must stab, shoot, and bomb their way through hundreds of realistic-looking humans and monsters. Cursing and sexual dialogue round out the mix.

Alternative: Ghostbusters: The Video Game

5. Grand Theft Auto
(Specifically Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) Players can kill other humans, including police officers, or drive into pedestrians on sidewalks and in parks. Gang warfare, beatings, drive-by shootings, and bloody deaths are all shown in gory detail.

Alternative: InFAMOUS

6. God of War II
Players can do everything from ripping the eye out of a Cyclops to twisting the head off of Medusa to slicing off enemies’ arms with chains strapped to their wrists. There’s also a sex mini-game.

Alternative: Batman: Arkham Asylum

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12:32AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

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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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