Videogames have always been violent. Violence is inherent in the medium, inseparable from the essential experience of playing games. Without competition and conflict resolved by violence, games wouldn't be games: they'd be screensavers. Gore is a slightly different matter, though. Better graphics and physics have ushered in a new era of explicit gruesomeness. Many of this year's top games featured not only bucket-loads of blood and guts, but also active dismemberment as an integral part of gameplay. Just have a look.