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kinesis916
kinesis916 Feb 28 2008, 4:37pm says:

Well seems that the topic has fallen flat. Perhaps a new one will spark more interest?

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Connway
Connway Mar 7 2008, 7:04pm replied:

Suck

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kinesis916
kinesis916 Mar 8 2008, 6:37pm replied:

What sucks? your comment makes no sense.

And just as a side note, it may just be me, but where have all the comments from the previous topic gone.

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kinesis916
kinesis916 Mar 9 2008, 8:12am replied:

I don't see all the stuff that was written on violence in video games.

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Connway
Connway Mar 9 2008, 3:34am replied:

What I meant was that it sucks that the topic has fallen flat, and the other comments are on pages 2 and 3.

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Hunter-Prime
Hunter-Prime Feb 24 2008, 8:36am says:

I think it could be interserting to talk about the violence in the video games (like it's written in the summary ^_^ )and more particularly the Manhunt's case.

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kinesis916
kinesis916 Feb 25 2008, 5:06am replied:

Henley - ahaha yeah every chance he had to blackspot games he did, i see it just the same as a graphic novel, novel or movie. Games are a way of telling stories no matter how graphic they are.

That is a fair comment. But I would say that unlike a movie or novel you don't get the same interactivity with the story. In most games considered violent these days the player is given the choice as to how he/she commits that violence. For example in FPS's do you use your secondary weapon or your primary weapon, or one of the multitude of other devices at your desposil. I would conclude that this interectivity in general has a greater effect on the player than a movie or novel. Though I am not on the bandwagon that games turn people into mass murderers.

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Henley Staff
Henley Mar 1 2008, 1:06am replied:

your allow to believe that, but how many people can you count that have committed a crime based on a movie or tv show? There are more there was even a reported case of some guy getting a sword and walking onto a highway and started swinging it at cars (referring to the matrix movies here).

Sure games can be violent this is part of the charm, the same thing goes for graphic novels or action movies... if you had a movie with no action... or shooting it wouldn't be an action movie,

same thing goes for games, depending on what you have the player doing it will be different for each game. Handling a rifle in real life is much harder then the games make out to be (i lived on a farm for most of my life i can comment on this), so saying that games TRAIN people to shoot others is just silly.

Its like saying Micheal Jackson teaches people to molest children because people like him... lol :P (possibly a bad example)

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Connway
Connway Feb 25 2008, 6:33am replied:

I don't think violent games turn people into mass murderers either, but it is something that some people believe. Seriously, it took me a while to ingrain that into my mother's brain.

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Henley Staff
Henley Feb 25 2008, 12:26am replied:

ahaha yeah every chance he had to blackspot games he did, i see it just the same as a graphic novel, novel or movie. Games are a way of telling stories no matter how graphic they are.

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Connway
Connway Feb 24 2008, 8:51pm replied:

I know some people are huge fans of the Manhunt series, but I'll be damned if I can figure out why. I did some beta testing of Manhunt 2, and it just made me feel strange. It was captivating for all the wrong reasons.
Personally, I don't think games like Manhunt help the game industry when it comes to proving (sadly, that's what we're doing) to non-gamers that we're all not going to start mass murdering people.
Well, if anything else, we can always get a laugh at Jack Thompson. Who I had conveniently forgotten about until this very moment. I don't know how that guy can keep going after failing so many times. Why hasn't his license for law been revoked yet?

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Connway
Connway Feb 24 2008, 8:54pm replied:

Am I supposed to be ranting yet? Hehe. Sorry if I wasn't.

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Henley Staff
Henley Feb 24 2008, 6:48pm replied:

do you mean violence in games that have gotten media attention?

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Connway
Connway Feb 24 2008, 9:08pm replied:

I'd say we could, or we could talk about violence over a broad number of games. Like, how is violence used in certain games, what messages does it send, etc. (I'm just throwing random topics)

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Malvado_Zombie[X]
Malvado_Zombie[X] Mar 9 2008, 11:03pm replied:

Yes... but the violence of the games is great now (every game have violence because they think that is funny)...

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