Despite this article's provocative title, this won't exactly be a history of violent video games; more like a random sampling. While obviously not all games have violence in them, many of the more popular ones do. What's more, they're often inextraicably linked to the gameplay. What would Call of Duty 4 be without the combat? Could gamers still enjoy World of Warcraft without its serious medieval action? Would Dead Space be the same without the ability to sever freaky monster limbs?