Are games more violent today?

"No longer are games simply about shooting aliens and destroying asteroids, but instead the top selling games reward players for killing police officers, maiming elderly persons, running over pedestrians and committing despicable acts of murder and torture upon women and racial minorities," says California State Senator, Leland Yee in an opinion piece on his website.

It's still a popular stance for politicians and strangers to videogames to take - this idea that gory games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas or Manhunt 2 signify the impending apocalypse. With such alarmist and over exaggerated claims, you'd think we all have a new generation of murder crazy sadists that love torturing seniors and minorities to look forward to. It's true that violent acts in today's games look more realistic than ever; pressing a chainsaw deeper into your friend's brain in Gears of War is a far cry from the peaceful paddles of Pong. But are games and the ways we choose to entertain ourselves really any more violent today?

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