Violence In Games

Episode #5005


Controversial titles such as the adult/horror release Night Trap and the gory fighting game Mortal Kombat prompted Senators Joe Lieberman and Herb Kohl to call for Senate Hearings in 1993. Soon after, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) was formed. G4 traces the evolution of violence in videogames and examines all sides of this hot-button issue in this one-hour special. Interviews include: Oddworld Inhabitants President Lorne Lanning and ESA President Doug Lowenstein; California Assemblyman Leland Yee; U.S. Congressman Darryl Issa; former Columbine High School Student, Craig Scott and many more.

Violence in Games


G4 Special Report: Violence in Games
Violence in Games: Viewer Perspective

By now, we all know what lawmakers and PTA moms think, but what about gamers?

The elusive and all-powerful Scarab Gun from Halo 2
Violence: A Fact of Videogame Life

We have violence in games. We like violence in games. We are violent. It's not the prettiest truth, but it's true.

grand theft auto
Gory Games

As a companion piece to G4's Special Report on video game violence, here's a screenshot history of industry milestones.