Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Mar 2013 15:42 UTC
Games "For nearly thirty years we've been having this discussion, asking the question: do violent movies, music or video games make people violent? Well according to Brad Bushman and Craig Anderson of Iowa State University, yes. Based on the results of their research they concluded in 2001 that video games and violent media can make people aggressive and violent. Based upon their data and their conclusions, however, it's safe to say that photos of snakes, crispy bacon, or a particularly rigorous game of chess can also make people aggressive and violent." And politicians?
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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 10th Mar 2013 07:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

I always had the impression there was more talk about the game than people actually playing it, let alone enjoying it.

Apparently what people object to were the "guts" spilling out of someone's body when you shoot him (to me it more seemed they melted away) and the "bonus" screen where you had to execute a number of prisoners I guess.

It's easy to make a big list of games, even from that era, where much more horrible things happened. Like eating pills (drugs!) that enable you to eat ghosts. YUK!

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Soulbender on Sun 10th Mar 2013 08:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2005-08-18

I always had the impression there was more talk about the game than people actually playing it, let alone enjoying it.


Yes. The game was hard to get your hands on and even if you could get hold of it it sucked, big time, so I don't think anyone actually enjoyed it.

I seem to recall that the major complains about it (at least in Sweden) was about the execution of the prisoners and the beheadings.

Flash remake: http://www.kyynel.biz/commando/

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 10th Mar 2013 19:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The execution and beheading were senseless violence, but isn't all violence in video games senseless? You are under no obligation to play them and most people that do play them do so because they find it entertaining.

In Green Beret you go rescue some POWs armed with only a knife(!?), but you can pick up a flamethrower and burn people. Not very pleasant either.

In Ultima V you could kill children! And in Elite you got give up your trading life and become a pirate!!! In Pirates! you already were one!

But today games look more realistic so I can imagine people enjoying killing people in a realistic way is a bit more "hummm..." than when other people were 16 colored sprites.

Still I think most people can see the difference between a video game and real life. People who can't will find other triggers to do evil deeds.

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