This week the ParaNerds speak about Alan Wake, Splatterhouse, Dead Rising 2: Case West, and Zombies and Pterodactyls. They also speak about News (see Below). Rooster reviews Portal 2 and Kevin has a bone to pick with Best Buy and Canada Post because he has yet received his awesome Tournament Edition preorder of Mortal Kombat.
Join the Paranerds as they celebrate their 50th podcast. This week they are joined with special guest: Casual James.They speak about Tiny Wings, Dragon Age 2, Duke Nukem 3D on iPhone, new releases and news (see below) along with Top Twenty Most Controversial Games split into two parts with an interview with Iron Liz in the middle thanks to Gareth Evans. They also have a special announcement to make and to find out what it is, you must listen.
So here it is: part two of the Top 20 Most Controversial Games. ( Click here if you missed the first part) This was actually a really hard list write , not only because we were thinking about the top ten games but also because a lot of the following games (according to the media) played some part in real life tragedies. This means that I had to look them up to make sure they were legit. Compared to Part 1 these games might be darker and actually pretty damn depressing to read about. Having played (most) of the games too was hard enough but writing about them was even harder. The stories that accompany the games and the reasons why they are controversial are generally deceptive, but the fact is that some people believe that these games do cause harm. So here are the Top Ten Most Controversial Games.
2D sprites, oh how we love thee, you guys went from these little blocks of color with so much personality into full grown things. So it was strange seeing our favorite game characters jump from 2D to 3D. In this top ten list we take a look at the top ten classic characters that jumped from 2D to 3D. The redesign look, the amount of detail, but yet still the same character. These are Top Ten Classic Game Characters That Jumped To 3D.
As Christmas fast approaches you might be thinking of what kind of game to get your loved one. What games are worth purchasing especially if you can’t think of specific titles that are worth the money. This list compiles the best games to purchase for someone that not only offers the main game but extra content and games. Instead of getting one thing you get more, that definitely makes the purchase feel like a steal. This is when you get extra stuff for free on a disc and with no additional purchase necessary. Basically this list compiles the best game compilations and best games that offer you more, this is the Top ten games that give you more bang for your buck.
We are in no way associated with Amazon.com, nor are we getting any money for this. I just wanted to make it easier for you to purchase these items if needed.
This week the Paranerds speak about new releases and news, SAW game and Doritos Crash Course (See Below) along with the nominees and winners of the Video Game Awards. They also debate on how and if video games desensitizes youth and does it effect youth violence. Rui also speaks about Free XBLA games and Mass Effect 3.
Are we becoming desensitized to violence and gore due to video games? A lot of people including the media will agree that yes indeed gamers and movie lovers are becoming desensitized. After all video games have been proven to become not only addicting but also they have become more and more violent. Although studies are still trying to prove and contain the fact that (like everything else) video games can be addicting, (although the games I know that ARE addicting are usually casual games played by casual players, E.G. Farmville), and according to this episode of Intervention it’s a serious problem.
What I am here to argue about is about the desensitizing of today’s youth to violence . After recently playing games such as Fallout New Vegas and Splatterhouse I realized something as I ripped a monsters head and beat his buddy with it….It didn’t bother me. This got me thinking even more when my girlfriend was at my house (she’s not a gamer at all) and I was in the middle of an online match during Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, when I got attacked and blood sprayed on the screen. To which she replied with “oh my gosh”. I had no idea as to what she was talking about because I didn’t even notice the blood on my screen, and maybe that is a problem.
Back in the day during games like Mortal Kombat, Doom and Splatterhouse were the goriest things I had ever seen. They freaked me out (especially as a little guy). Splatterhouse’sMortal Kombat’s head ripping and Doom’s realistic graphics were all elements to why gore scared me. But now, that’s not even close to the case. I have little to no emotion to any kind of violence that a game can throw at me. My point is maybe the media was right when they said that games cause kids to become desensitized to not only what is on screen but also to real life violence. atmosphere,
There are such articles online such as THIS ONE in which the points they make can be argued, such as the old saying that “campaigners have argued that watching violent films and playing games like Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Modern Warfare makes youngsters more prone to violence. In the Grand Theft Auto series, players become characters who win points for carjacking, killing prostitutes and running over pedestrians.” Now obviously the getting points for carjacking, killing prostitutes and running over pedestrian is incorrect; the watching violent films and playing games section I do somewhat agree with. I don’t think it makes youngster’s more prone to violence but it may lead them to think otherwise. After all sometimes kids can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Hell i had a Jumanji board game, but in my imagination I was in the damn jungle!
Watching films such as SAW or even Saving Private Ryan, doesn’t affect me like it used to. That could be because games such as Call of Duty and Manhunt are way gorier. I wouldn’t say that a game such as Manhunt makes you a killer, but it might make you less sensitive. Although the two mediums have an unfair battle. Saving Private Ryan was nominated for 11 awards, while Manhunt was banned. They were both fiction, both bloody as hell, both extremely violent but only one was banned for the connection of a killing.
But I digress. Going back to gore not bothering me even such simple things such as blowing an enemies head into a thousand little pieces in Fallout 3 are just satisfying. I’m not responding with “ew” or “gross” but casually eating a bag of chips while waiting for the game to continue. To others (non gamers, politicians, my mum) scenes like that might be horrific. I do believe that video games are making us desensitized to video game violence, but not to real life violence. Of course we’re used to video game violence since according to THIS SITE “Over 85% of games contain some violence, and approximately half of video games include serious violent actions”. That is a big percent.
That is to say what games they are talking about of course. When the media points out that video games make kids less desensitized and more prone to violence they forget to mention; not only the ESRB rating system but they also usually only mention games that were based around violence such as Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto. But usually forget that other games exist such as Super Mario Galaxy and Kirby. Although while writing that section it was kind of hard to come up with games that didn’t contain realistic violence, which can be a problem. But games are supposed to be about that. Gamers (typically) are just guys/girls who like the fantasy of doing something they can’t in real life. That goes to all the Madden Football games as well. We CAN’T kick a foot ball or run but we can in NFL Blitz. We can’t fly or shoot fire balls , but we CAN in Super Mario Bros. 3. We can’t and probably won’t (hopefully) ever have to experience real life on the battlefield, but we can experience it in Call of Duty, Medal of Honor or even Battlefield. Finally not all of us are like James Bond, but we sure as hell can be for 6 to 8 hours in Goldeneye 007. Unfortunately there are those who DO think they are Niko Bellic and DO steal cars, they’re usually(underage) kids or teens looking for attention.
It’s strange to see how some people are trying to BAN video games to minors, such as the SCHWARZENEGGER V. ENTERTAINMENT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION in which QUESTION PRESENTED:
California Civil Code sections 1746-1746.5 prohibit the sale of violent video games to
Minors under 18 where a reasonable person would find that the violent content appeals
To a deviant or morbid interest of minors, is patently offensive to prevailing community
Standards as to what is suitable for minors, and causes the game as a whole to lack
serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors. The respondent industry
groups challenged this prohibition on its face as violating the Free Speech Clause of the
First Amendment. The court of appeals affirmed the district court’s judgment
permanently enjoining enforcement of the prohibition. The questions presented are: 1.
Does the First Amendment bar a state from restricting the sale of violent video games
to minors? 2. If the First Amendment applies to violent video games that are sold to
minors, and the standard of review is strict scrutiny, under Turner Broadcasting
System, Inc. v. F.C.C., 512 U.S. 622, 666 (1994), is the state required to demonstrate
a direct causal link between violent video games and physical and psychological harm
to minors before the state can prohibit the sale of the games to minors?
Ignore the fact that this is Arnold Schwarznegger, the same guy who made millions off of violent movies such as Terminator, True Lies, End of Days and the movie that has affected me most to go on a killing spree….Batman & Robin. Trying to stop games Rated M to minors is fine I do agree with kids not being allowed to play games. After all what I personally hate is playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and hearing some squeaky voiced teen yelling nonsense and racial slurs. But banning it? I disagree.
This is Ironic
This argument always goes back to the tragic incident at Columbine in which the two teens Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold have been known to play games such as Doom. The media went nuts saying that video games was a big a factor as to why Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were killing people with no emotion. Apparently it’s because the game Doom made them act out and made them desensitized. Nothing to do with the fact that they were most likely bullied by a lot of people and probably considered a social outcast. Nothing to do with the fact that they probably already had built up aggression and yes, maybe playing Doom was a way to take out their frustration, but reliving the game, doesn’t seem likely. Fingers were pointed, Marilyn Manson’s music was to radical, while video games were too violent. Although if you put on the news right now their is probably more REAL violence on their or even on FOX as we speak.
So coming into conclusion, do Video games make people desensitized to violence? My response is yes and no. To video game violence, yes I agree %100, it has become very hard to mentally disturb me in any games. Playing the goriest and most brutal games such as Manhunt and Splatterhouse has no effect. It’s great to watch and sometimes disturbingly satisfying. Blowing off zombies head like in Resident Evil and blowing off enemies heads in slow motions like in Fall Out 3 isn’t disturbing but part of the action. Taking a car and running over people that are in your way (NOT FOR POINTS!) in Grand Theft Auto is also satisfying. But, if I ever saw a head explode in front of me, watch hundreds of people getting hit by a car while the guy/girl driving keeps going and seeing a guy rip another guys head ripped off in front of me. Yeah you know what? I’ll probably be traumatized for the rest of my life. Hell when I see an animal that has been run over (Even a squirrel!) my heart breaks and my lower lip starts to quiver a little. Give me a gun and I will not be able to shoot anyone let alone know how to use it. Pressing Left Trigger and then Right Trigger is a lot different than holding an actual gun, counting in the recoil and weight of it. Oh and the fact that KILLING PEOPLE IS HARD TO DO WHILE KILLING VIDEO GAME CHARACTERS AREN’T. (Unless they make a Lassie game….oh god no)
Should kids be playing violent video games, technically no, but it is up to the parents to decide what the kids should and should not be playing. Should a kid be able to walk into a Best Buy or an EB Games and purchase Gears of War 2? No, unless accompanied by an adult ( I say this out of envy because I needed Blockbuster to call my house to ask my mum if it was ok for me to rent Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, to which my Portuguese speaking mother replied with “que?” followed by “ok?”) The rating system is there basically as a guideline, same thing with movies with an R rating. It’s not SUITABLE for minors, but they can watch it. It’s up to the movie theatre to decide to let them in or not, it’s not a government thing nor is it that hard. Is the game violent ? Yes, will the kid be able to handle it Parent says “yes” or “no”. If parent orguardian says yes, then let the little bugger play that game, if not then let the little bugger play Super Mario, or Metroid, (Comic book violence is different apparently). That’s all, it doesn’t have to be all about the violence.
Also when I did play Resident Evil 3, I got scared and returned it for Pong, take that!