Big Download writes:
"Perhaps by employing this martial focus in our entertainment, we're merely trying to purge ourselves of its hold over our better natures. After all, we're not so far evolved that we've left the violence behind; a quick look at the day's headlines makes that plain enough. Far from being the instigator of mindless acts of brutal assault, as so many pundits and ill-informed watchdog groups like to exclaim, it seems infinitely more likely that we use violence in games as a way to exorcise the bestial urge from our souls in a safe, contained manner. A manner, in fact, that allows us to pursue the consequences of deadly actions to their terminal extreme, and by doing so, gain some valuable insight into its origins."