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What Little Video Game Violence Does to Prepare Us for the Real Thing

We see a lot of violence in video games. We’ve seen needles thrusted into eyeballs, entrails spilled out of ripped open torsos, and monsters chainsawed into or blown into pieces. When we pull off these gruesome stunts in our favorite games, it’s often accompanied by a nervous chuckle, or maybe a complete about-face from the television. And even in those instances where such violence is sought after, for age appropriate players, there’s a clear understanding about how ludicrous and far from reality these extreme depictions of gratuitousness is. But it’s when we see this level of violence take a realistic form in either film or real life, that it becomes deeply unsettling.

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Omnisonne60d ago

No shit, but there's alot more involved than just graphic gore in a real situation. Like actual danger or loss of a real person's life for example.
No amount of playing games can or should prepare you for such a thing. You don't want your basic instincts overwritten should a real dangerous situation come up.

XbladeTeddy60d ago

"But it’s when we see this level of violence take a realistic form in either film or real life, that it becomes deeply unsettling"

No shit Sherlock. Any idiot knows the difference between pixel and flesh.

TheOttomatic9160d ago

Well yeah if anything the lack of reality in regards to the violence is a good thing if it was realistic all those news reports on violent video games being linked to violent crimes would actually have some validity.