ViRGE wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 10:23: A pair of really good articles from RPS today, particularly the one on violence. Why the heck is everything a realistic ultraviolent manshooter this year? Not to bemoan violence as evil, but it's like eating ice cream for dinner every night; it lacks variety.
There's plenty of stuff that isn't that, it just seems like it's all violent. Reminds me of how everyone was saying 90% of games were shooters for a while there and then some site did the numbers and discovered shooters were like the 4th most plentiful genre. I should look for that article.
Anyway, as the article itself says you can't have it both ways, you can't say GAMES ARE FREE SPEECH AND SHOULD NEVER CENSORED and then also write an article about how game violence makes you feel twitchy or angry or whatever. A lot of sites seem to play both angles.
In the end people like violence in movies and games because it's an outlet for frustration with the world. It's fine. As a culture we are tremendously less violent than we were before media came around.