I just saw a banner headline on this site inviting me to play either HIT MAN, or STREET FIGHTER. I declined.
Now if they actually had a game where you could eliminate pimps, druglords and other sorts of worthless, scum-sucking dirtbag hoods that really, really need to be put down, I might be so inclined to play.
Hans, the problem is that most of the really violent video games promote and glorify the crimminal lifestyle. There's one game where the crimminal hit man targets an innocent woman in a bath tub. In another game, the user becomes a scumbag who robs, then beats a young woman to death. Yet another game has the user go to a prostitue, then kill her so that he won't have to pay. Yet another game sets the player behind the wheel of a car where he can gain points by running down a woman or an old man in a wheelchair. The more innocent people you kill, or brutalize, the more points you gain.
In these sort of video games, bad is good and good is bad. Cops become the bad guys, while the gangsters become the heroes. These sort of video games desesitize some young users to real acts of violence. When they see real horrors on the news, it does not faze them, as they've already seen far worse on their computer screen. Life becomes cheap. Authority figures are looked on with disdain; women are disrespected to the point of becoming mere objects to be used and then disposed of.
The designers of these games know all of this oh so very well and yet continue to design more of these games, all for the sake of money. These folks are the real dirtbags, when it comes down to it.
Jezuz! I did´nt know those games were THAT extreme. I too fear that some of those games will desensitize young users. Not all kids can make a destinction between games (or action movies) and real life. Certainly not all "troubled" kids! Maybe that´s one of the reasons for all the violence we have in society. It seems like when there´s money to be made all morals goes out the window! Yes, those game designers and their bosses are the real dirtbags for sure! That reminds me of a Lisa Simpson quote - "One nation under the allmighty dollar with liberty and justice for none." - Too true to be funny...