Do You Want to Kill Children?

IGN writes:

It is wrong to kill people.
It is wrong to kill children.
It is ok to kill pretend people.
It is wrong to kill pretend children.

I agree with the above set of statements and I believe it's a majority view. I greatly enjoy murdering enemies in shooting games. In Call of Duty multiplayer mode, there are few things I relish more than shooting my brother between the eyes, or cutting my teenage son's throat as he sneaks up the stairs of a mock suburban home.

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rabidpancakeburglar2629d ago

Well of course I do. I play video games so the urge to kill children just comes naturally to me, I think it's those mind control devices that are being put into video games by aliens.

dark-hollow2629d ago

Actually there is a game that kills children in the most brutal way you ever seen in any video game/movie:

Yi-Long2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

... so killing children is frowned upon nowadays!?!?

Oh wait, we were talking about in-game fictional kids.

Yeah, those you can kill as far as I'm concerned.

I remember having a discussion about the topic of videogame-violence in the office a few years ago when I was working for a gaming-magazine. Pretty much everyone there seemed to agree that in-game violence isn't that big a deal.

However, when I noted that in Vietnam-shooters, if you wanted a bit more realisme, you should also have children working for the vietcong, and thus you as the player should be able to shoot them.

Somehow, for many in the office, that was a no-no. They said they were OK with in-game violence. they also said they liked how videogames were dealing with realistic and mature settings conflicts, yet killing polygon children just seemed out of the question.

I never understood such flawed logic. Either you want your games to be 'mature' and uncensored, just like other media like books and movies, or you don't.

The same goes for GTA4 btw. You have a complete city to terrorize, yet somehow it's completely void of children or disabled people. Why!? It's not realistic.

I hate censorship. I hate self-censorship. We should just give freedom and let the gamer decide what to dow ith those freedoms granted.

If you have a vietcong kid shooting at you, you should be allowed to shoot back. If you drive through a park in GTA4, there should be all kinds of people. Not just the normal middle-aged men and women that Rockstar deem fit to crush under your carwheels.

Why the recent self-censorship in Battlefield 3? How is that 'mature'!? It's not. It's the exact opposite of mature. A movie wouldn't shy away from that issue. Neither would a movie.

Still going to buy Battlefield 3 obviously, but I just hate the self-censorship.

kikizoo2629d ago

Agree with yi-long, it's stupid to make a difference, even in real life it's stupid to accept death of adults, and not child, or worst, dogs (like uneducated americans seems to do), humans are humans, and it's not acceptable to kill games are video games, and you can do everything.

malol2629d ago

in video games ANYTHING should be OK

Bigpappy2629d ago

@rabidpancakeburglar: I get the sarcasum, but I think they are refering to in games.

I have no need to kill kids in my games. There are things I do in games that I will never do in real life. Killing kids is one of those things I would not do, not even in a game. If that is tha only way to continue, then that game just ended for me.

OtherWhiteMeat2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

Is this some sort of trick question ??? Please devs leave the children alone.Although teens are fair game.

MrSpace2629d ago

When they're games like Elder Scrolls or Fallout then yeah you should be able to, it's a tough topic to go about but I don't see how killing older people in those games is differen't from killing children/teenagers....if it was a baby then fair enough that would be going to far.

The only reason why they don't is because a news show would have a fun day reporting on it. If someone like WBTV make a big fuss over the Portal 2 adopted thing imagine if they would out children were killable in games.

Basicaly I think they should be but I know why they can't be

kaveti66162629d ago

Children are viewed as innocent. They are guiltless, crime-less, sinless, etc. Even children who are bratty or commit crimes are believed to be not responsible for their actions because their pre-frontal cortices are not fully developed.

Killing innocent civilians is rarely the main objective in video games. It makes sense that harming/killing children would not be allowed at all.

Tuxedo_Mask2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

There have been some cases where a minor who has committed a particularly heinous crime is tried as an adult and subject to harsher penalties for their actions.

As for killing children in video games, if you play A Boy and his Blob, or any other game where you play as a child, and die on purpose technically that game features children being killed, and most of them are rated E.

Hazmat132629d ago

soo if a crazy kid is killing people i cant kill him?

rabidpancakeburglar2629d ago

No as you will instinctively start killing innocents, that's how they get you

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