Ever wanted to know what games your mom thought were over the top and extremely violent? Well now you don't have to guess, in this simple list! For as long as video games have been around, there have always been people complaining about them. On the 23rd of November, a new group stepped into the ring to bash on them, giving a list of the Top 10 Most Violent Video Games, and generally complaining about the rating system and the work that retail companies are doing to keep minors from purchasing innapropriate games.
Lead by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), these groups have issued a press release outlining their concerns with what they describe as "a culture of violence."
In the press release, the ICCR states that "According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, violence (homicide, suicide, and trauma) is the most prevalent health risk for children and adolescents." However, if you notice, the definition of violence in this statement includes "trauma." So by this definition, a child hurting himself by accident with no real violence involved will still be considered a violent act.
They also go on to show numbers on the popularity of video games and how easy it is for a minor to get a mature rated game.
But like any good major complaint, this press release is also accompanied by a list of either outlandish ideas or ones that are already in affect. This includes the move to have all violent games removed from the shelves of video game stores, or have all M rated games moved to a seperate part of the store, away from the other games, like its own little pornography section.
Unfortunately, the complaints span past just the retailers, also complaining about the ESRB rating system, of the most detailed and widely enforced rating systems in America. In fact, the ESRB is designed to help parents make decisions on what to allow their children to play. Thus, the rating system has been developed with numorous different rankings as well as a plethora of descriptions to explain why games are rated as they are.
Not only is the ESRB attacked though, but a small attack is made on ISPs as well, urging parents to see what their respective ISPs are doing to prevent children from purchasing and playing violent video games online.
To illustrate their point, the ICCR and company have developed a list of what they believe to be the top 10 most violent games. Since the press release does not specify a time span, it's hard to say if it's meant to be of this year or of all time.
The list is as follows (all spelling errors and typos included);
- Doom 3
- Grand Theft Auto: "San Andreas
- Gunslinger Girls 2
- Half Life 2
- Halo 2
- Hitman: Blood Money
- Mortal Combat
- Postal 2
- Shadow Heart
As you may notice in the list, there are a few outstanding entries that make you wonder about the integrity of the list. For one, "Gunslinger Girls 2" is not a game released in America. Whether they meant Gunslinger Girl Vol. 2 or Vol. 3, it doesn't matter, as both games are strictly import titles. Also, Hitman: Blood Money is not due out until at least the second quarter of next year. One can only assume they intended Hitman: Contracts. Other fallacies include the misspelling of Mortal Kombat.
But fear not, as they have also made a list of recommended non-violent games, which includes some violent games.
- Jak 3
- Karaoke Revolution Vol. 3
- Madden NFL 2005
- Mario Power Tennis
- Prince of Persia
- RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
- SimCity 4
As with the prior list, this one includes its share of screw ups. A major one is the inclusion of the game Antigrav twice. Also, had this list been built on something other than the rating system they seem to dislike, they would have realized that though Jak 3 and Prince of Persia are rated Teen, they have their share of violence. However, their inclusion in the list shows a lack of actual research of even concern about their own integrity and dignity.1