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Sex, Violence, Tension & Video Games 87

Posted by timothy
from the handwringer's-symphony dept.
simoniker writes "Gamasutra has just posted an interview with author Gerard Jones, subtitled 'Sex, Violence, Tension and Comic Books,' in which the writer of 'Killing Monsters' talks about violence and games eloquently. When asked: 'What do you think it is in your work that resonates with the gaming community?', Jones comments: 'Video games have been so much under attack recently, that I think there's a certain nervousness. Most people in this business are very pleasant and non-confrontational and the fact that they are being reviled as the causes of crime, causes of violence, is disturbing. On the one hand, I think people want to know how to respond to those criticisms. But on the other hand, I think there's some genuine anxiety that maybe games have a bad side, maybe there is a problem, and how do we deal with any guilt or fear?' He goes on to suggest of attacks on gaming: "I would say now we're kind of at the tail end. If games continue to push boundaries, particular ones could come under attack. A lot of it's just the medium being around long enough that people have realized the world hasn't gone to hell.""
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 26, 2006 @05:04PM (#17370674)
    These are a few of my favorite things.
  • by nomadic (141991) <nomadicworld@NOSpam.gmail.com> on Tuesday December 26, 2006 @05:17PM (#17370790) Homepage
    The biggest thing against games right now is how new they are. You get these hugely violent movies, above and beyond the pale, and no one cares.

    What do you mean? There have been vocal opponents of violence in movies for decades. Same goes for TV, and I'm guessing they were successful because TV today is a lot less violent than it was in the 80's. Video games are not, and have never been, the sole targets for the anti-violence crowd.
  • by creimer (824291) on Tuesday December 26, 2006 @05:37PM (#17370956) Homepage
    When I was the lead tester for Backyard Baseball GameCube at Atari in 2003, I was accused by my roommate's mother of ruining the lives of kids who sit indoors to play a baseball video game instead of going outside to play the real thing. When I pointed out that my parents kicked my ass out the door even though I had an Atari 2600 and a baseball video game, and that it's the parents responsibility to raise their kids instead of the government or video games, she got mad. The next day she plucked all the petals off of my petunias in the front yard to make potpourri. Go figure.
  • by Animats (122034) on Tuesday December 26, 2006 @06:03PM (#17371210) Homepage

    In California, we have our governor, the Terminator, coming out against violent video games. Arnold does have his amusing moments.

    But to really push the critic's buttons in the US, you have to have sex. No game publisher in the US would publish the stuff Illusion [google.com] in Japan sells. "Battle Raper", "Sexy Beach", and "Artificial Girl".

    Typical bugfix report: "Breast slider 1.5 download: With Ver1.0 was not possible, "it rubs", the chest and the nipple "it picks", "you play with the both hands", and so on colorful action was added. With adding these, expression conduct voice of the girl substantially power rise! The skill which thinks the girl and the breast you are shy please do freely. In addition, with Ver1.5 as been able to look at the girl to every nook and cranny, it reached the point where polygon of rear side of [bichimatsuto] [bichichiea] goes out."

    Illusion apologizes for the delay in shipping the "Sexy Santa" module, which slipped to January 9, 2007. They're also having a contest - best sexy screenshot wins a microwave oven.

    It's all so normal over there.

  • by ashridah (72567) on Tuesday December 26, 2006 @06:22PM (#17371428)
    Yeah. Damn potpourri. Evil stuff. Should be outlawed everywhere.
  • Re:Nethack (Score:4, Funny)

    by servognome (738846) on Tuesday December 26, 2006 @06:44PM (#17371706)
    Thanks for your kindly worded input, I am sure that it will prevent the deranged sociophathic nethacker from becoming a depressed serial killer.
    Let's hope he gets eaten by a grue
  • by Guinness Pig (1042288) on Tuesday December 26, 2006 @10:12PM (#17373212)
    My parents wouldn't let me watch the "A-Team" or "Dukes of Hazzard" because they thought they were too violent and sexy. To this day, I have not turned out violent. Or particularly sexy, dammit.

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