EpicBattleCry - Is Violence Getting Too Graphic?

On today's edition of EpicBattleCry we field a question from Sundown (@SundOwn1979) about the realism level in this generation's graphics and the impact they have on the portrayal of violence within interactive entertainment. 

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Comment by StarBound on September 2, 2014 at 8:48am

I think the real issue is not that games are becoming overly violent but rather they are becoming more realistic in their violence. If you played Turok 2 then you have seen some of the most violent ideas ever conceived in games. If you look at something like Heretic 2 where you put the violent level to ultra violent you end up with the past mortal kombat style of violence that it is so over done its not believable.

Comment by Rafael A. Roquel on September 2, 2014 at 6:45pm

personally, I think that graphics on metal gear revenge or vengeance were more gory just because the slicing & dicing and I love it because of the details of course, also I know its not called revenge or vengeance but the computer keeps auto correcting the damned revengeance, it was silly, konami.

Comment by Ian - Alexander Arts on September 3, 2014 at 1:36am
 
From my experience children who aren't ready to see sex and violence will reject it. Little boys will turn off a romantic movie because it has kissing, if a violent or scary movie comes on they will be disgusted and run to mommy and daddy. When your kid is 12 and sitting in front of a violent movie and accepting it, that means he's grown up and now it's time to talk about the meaning of sex and violence with them and make sure they understand it, not try to hide everything from them.

If you as a parent feel uncomfortable watching your kid watch violence, you have more control than ever before about how to regulate it. From my experience, parents who sit down and talk to their kids about whatever thing they are watching kind of suck out the "cool" factor of it and the children will react positively. If your kid goes out and skins your family dog, well I think there is a pre-existing mental problem there that needs some serious attention from trained professionals. That's just my opinion.
Comment by Old_School_Gamer on September 3, 2014 at 9:19am

Still you have to wonder why so-called "Mature" games means an escalation of gore and gratuitous violence. Honestly I think it's just a cheap way to excite gamers who are already desensitized to a certain degree of video game violence. 

Comment by Chimera-Six on September 5, 2014 at 6:38am

I like graphic violence in games where it is used in the right context.  It's satisfying visual feedback.  Many games dub down the truly graphic violence to lower the age ratings e.g. CoD and BF could easily be 18 rated if they had a more realistic depiction of what happens when you get hit by shrapnel or a bullet.  It makes these games feel "cartoony" to me, but that's the price of lowering the age rating. Whereas Red Orchestra is much more realistic with it's depiction, only let down by an aging UE3 engine.

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