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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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kinesis916
kinesis916 Feb 24 2008, 7:19am says:

So what shall we talk about first.

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formerlyknownasMrCP
formerlyknownasMrCP Feb 24 2008, 12:32am says:

Lots of opinionated people in this group. /joined

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ultimatemale420
ultimatemale420 Feb 23 2008, 8:22pm says:

lol forgive the spelling mistakes i mean source or unreal engine

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ultimatemale420
ultimatemale420 Feb 23 2008, 8:19pm says:

YER WELL I HAVE A SUGGESTION FOR THE SOAP BOX ALREADY!!!!
back in 1987 Capcom relased a game for the NES called "MEGAMAN 2"!!!
and is one of the best nes games of all time
well since i dont have the skills of a modder and had this great idea i thought id toss this idea into the modding community

SOMEONE or SOME GROUP!!!! of MODDER/S's should REMAKE!!! the megaman 2 video game using either halfe life SOURCE!!!! of unreal 2004 UNREAL ENGINE 2 or 3
it would b a great idea the same game with 3d enhancments the bosses with thier unique abilities and better AI BLAH BLAH!!!!!

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Connway
Connway Feb 23 2008, 10:11pm replied:

Something like that belongs in the Mod Suggestions forum. And even then, nobody's going to do it. Capcom is just going to C&D the team. For remake projects, you're better off working on it yourself and trying to recruit as you progress. Either way, Capcom C&D you is way too high. Not even worth starting something like that.

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ultimatemale420
ultimatemale420 Feb 24 2008, 11:17am replied:

what do u mean by C and D
besides if capcom like it a deal cud b struck
ADR team are making a sonic game for unreal 2k4 an sega arnt sueing them
well not yet at least anyways

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Connway
Connway Feb 24 2008, 8:45pm replied:

C&D means Cease and Desist. I've never heard of companies like Capcom striking deals with wee little modders. Not out of the realm of possibility though, but very unlikely.
It would be much more likely if someone was doing something original with their franchise rather than a remake. Besides, you never know when Capcom is going to remake their own game. Just look at Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X for the PSP. That game is a 3D remake of Mega Man X.

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