The usual contenders weigh in, 'games are art and should be free to explore violence' and the polar opposite 'games are turning our children into psychopaths'.
Here is my opinion.
- Games can be art, but most aren't.
- Games can influence the easily influenced to do things they should not do, but the majority of individuals can separate fiction from reality.
So now I have established myself as a dirty fence sitter, I will ask a better question...
Do video games understand violence enough to use it as a theme?
Is violence in entertainment wrong?
Video games tend to handle violence in such a childish way there is no way a sane individual could be influenced to perform violent acts outside of a game. Imagine a 5 year old sketching 2 stick figures stabbing each other, the imagery is unlikely to cause mum, dad and little sister to flee the room on a murder spree upon viewing!
The real question is whether we as a culture are responsible enough to introduce these concepts to the following generations of gamers?
Please feel free to add your opinion below, we may run a future feature on the subject should any points be worth exploring.