A Gamer’s Guide to Violence, Suffering and Pain

Hardcore Gamer: Critics often worry that video game violence desensitizes gamers to violence. I don’t think it does, at least I see no evidence among the many gamers of all ages I know and the tens of thousands of hours we’ve collectively played. But I wonder if games do desensitize us to moral ambiguity and I know that they rarely explore pain and suffering — which is much different than cartoon violence, no matter how explicit — and the roots of evil like that found in Masochisia.

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