Politico's 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past

January 10, 2013 -

Politico put together a top-ten list of violent video games that are being mentioned by anti-game forces as part of a culture of violence influencing people. While they are citing groups like Common Sense Media and the National Rifle Association in their gallery of gruesome games, the most notable thing about the feature is how dated all the selections really are.

The games named in feature include Manhunt, Manhunt 2, Grand Theft Auto III, Mortal Kombat Kollector's Edition for the PS3, Postal (yes they actually mention Postal), Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Resident Evil 0 (yes the GameCube game), Splatterhouse for the Xbox 360, God of War II, and Mad World for the Wii.

While all of these games are violent (no one is disputing that point) they are all also rated "Mature" by the ESRB. The Politico writer who put this together might want to check out the ESRB ratings site for what it means for a game rated Mature:

"MATURE: Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language."

Hopefully the next feature offered by Politico's Gallery will be of guns and ammo that were / are available after the Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004, though I certainly have no opinion one way or the other on the issue of gun control.

Image via Politico.


Comments

Re: Politico's 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past

Simply put, the people who would use an outdated list like this are just as outdated on violence in ADULT RATED video games being a problem.

I pray that I will not become as ignorant as them in my old age..

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"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." -H.L.Mencken

Re: Politico's 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past

M. M. M. M. M.

I don't see a game the kids he is referring to is allowed to buy without parent's having some hand in it.

Re: Politico's 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past

And if their parent's want to let them play them then the government or other "concerned" idiots can STFU.. =D

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"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." -H.L.Mencken

Re: Politico's 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past

That's Tiger Beat on the Potomac for you.

Re: Politico's 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past

I know we're supposed to pick on them and all, but in the description for Call of Duty, Resident Evil, GTA, and Mortal Kombat they do refer to them as being "Multiple Versions", meaning to me that they're talking about the series as a whole rather than just an individual game.  The fact that they picked Modern Warfare 2 instead of CODBLOPS or RE0 instead of the latest just shows that they're not at all in touch with gaming.  

It's like my grandparents coming into town and asking to watch me play "that Nintendo" game that they got me for Christmas.  Even though the Nintendo game was actually an xbox 360 game, they just don't differentiate them at all because it's out of their comfort zone.

...of course my grandparents weren't writing articles about how mature rated Nintendo games were violent, so they're excused and Politico isn't.

Re: Politico's 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past

"...in the description for Call of Duty, Resident Evil, GTA, and Mortal Kombat they do refer to them as being "Multiple Versions", meaning to me that they're talking about the series as a whole rather than just an individual game."

Then why have two separate entries for Manhunt and Manhunt 2?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Politico's 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past

Stop trying to apply logic to that list, Andrew... :P

/b

Re: Politico's 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past

Not even trying to be funny... but... who the hell plays Manhunt (2) anymore? Or (sadly enough) Modern Warfare 2? Resident Evil Zero? Poastal?! POASTAL???!! GTA3 is out on android, but I'm fairly certain they're referencing the PS2 version.

What is it, 2004 (not counting CoD)?

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Papa Midnight

Re: Politico's 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past

I just bought Postal 4 months ago :-P

 

 
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