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Should we care about who we’re shooting in games?

MyGaming's Tarryn van der Byl asks just how important is it for developers to take responsibility for the way they portray certain groups in games.

Is it OK to play at killing people with a character model skinned in a US marine uniform, but not an Al-Queda soldier?

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xYLeinen2175d ago

A little to late to ask that question perhaps?

Commander_TK2175d ago

there´s a difference between fiction and reality

captain-obvious2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

you Americans only care about your selves
havent you PPL even think about all the Russians , Germans, Arabs .. ect that YOU ppl shoot in video games ??
I don't see them bitching about it

ZOMG YOU SHOOT THE AMIRICAMZ IN DA GAMEZZZZZZ
DA GAMZZZZZ SUKZZZZZZZZ

you PPL are not the only ones that live on this world you know
but to me i dont care
its still a game nothing more nothing less

Darkstorn2175d ago

As long as the shooting of Arabs/Russians/North Koreans is handled maturely, I have no problem with it.

My issues arise more with developers overusing certain ethnic stereotypes solely because they are easy or uncontroversial targets. Be more creative, devs!

theKiller2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

and usually i take the resistance side (including the russians) but i do play on the marine side if they are too weak or lack people and i shoot arabs without thinking twice because its a game idiots!!

americans are too proud of them selves and they lack a free thinking mind!!

do they think some american will get killed because of a game? r they that much scared and fragile to even think of the idea? well if thats the case then every day american get killed in iraq and afghanistan!! so get ur soldiers out of those countries!!

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-Ikon-2175d ago

Doesn't matter who you shoot its still all a sin.

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Shang-Long2175d ago

no i mean in Infamous i went around sucking the life out of old ladies. i dont care, if your in my way you gotta go lol

rezzah2175d ago

Wait until they add kids and babies, then lets see if its a little too late.

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granthinds2175d ago

it's a poignant discussion. Definitely worth reassessing as the human race.

iamnsuperman2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

as long as it isn't the russians i don't care... Lately modern warefare games like BFBC and COD MW have sorta focused on the Russians being the big bad guy which irritated me because fighting them is very unlikely in 2days political climate..... I don't see as playing as al qaeda as a playable side is such a big deal. It is only a game remember nothing more.....This is like when Politicians claim violent games make people kill other people which is doesn't they are just mental unstable anyway before they played the game

George Sears2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

Probably because of the Cold War rivalry, and we as Americans knowing that Russia really are formidable opponent is that they include them in there games. You get to play as Russians in World at War though. They were my favorite stages.

skawtch2175d ago

Yes, we all play games for a realistic commentary on likely warfare scenarios that could emerge from today's political climate...

Darkstorn2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

You and I might play games for that purpose, but I get the feeling that most modern gamers (especially on consoles) just want to shoot stuff. Many people see games as a sandbox to show off physics tech, graphics, and game mechanics, not some overarching work of fiction.

However, I will say this: If gamers are so concerned about realism in video games, and then turn around and state that they're "only shooting pixels," then they are setting a double standard for themselves when they game. If you want to be fully immersed in an experience, then you cannot in good conscience convince yourself that who you're shooting is inconsequential.

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