Sessler's Soapbox: Violence IS Entertainment!

Posted: April 27, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Violence IS Entertainment!
Adam points to the movie Kick Ass and violent video games as examples of violent entertainment that has existed in human culture for centuries.

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  • Andrighi

    Games tend to shock more 'cos you are forced to make that violence. You are not passive wachting someone else doing that. Now sex is a tabu for christian society, that removed all erotism from it's life.
    Just as a reminder, no violence in game should not be forbidden, just classified to avoid kids or warning parents, what content they are getting.

    Posted: April 29, 2010 1:39 PM
  • randomperson37

    its always bothered me that people have used video games as a scapegoat for violent crimes or acts committed by teens. why is it that porn isnt blamed for the increase in teen pregnancies??? i dont mean to be crude, but some teens watch porn as much as they play video games but you dont see that hype in the media. or maybe if you think im to dramatic what about movies??? what about movies with a very high level of sexual content in them. or alcohol and other commercials with half naked women? why dont they get the same amount of press attention as video games???

    Posted: April 29, 2010 1:32 PM

    i hate that i get thumbed down for any hint of disagreement with sessler. I know i'm going to get thumbed down for this but dude has a cult of personality going on. if i could just make my point from before, I DON'T DISAGREE BUT YOU'RE BETTER OFF ARGUING THAT THE US RATINGS SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND THAT BOXING IS ACTUALLY WORSE. TITUS ANDRONICUS IS DRIVEN BY DRAMA NOT VIOLENCE. NOBODY PLAYS GEARS OF WAR FOR THE STORYTELLING. CAPS LOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR AWESOME. let the down-thumbing commence

    Posted: April 29, 2010 12:37 PM
  • imagechaos

    Dog vs. Antelope, THE SEQUEL! This time...It's personal.

    Posted: April 29, 2010 10:11 AM
  • Wanzerfan

    Good lord, Adam is right. Violence has been around since time immemorial. Look at the Bible: Kain murders Abel, David sends a Bathsheba's husband off to die, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra, Samson killing a lion with his bare hands.

    We are a violent society; hell, we used (and still use) violence to put food on our table. I wish those douchebags in Washington would get off our backs (and their heads out of their asses) about it. All this talk about limiting violence to our youth is contributing to what radio personalities Walton and Johnson call "The Pussifiacation of America". I say expose our children to violence, but caution them about the ramifacations of that type of behavior.

    Posted: April 29, 2010 8:35 AM
  • Mrdc55

    Haven't studies been conducted that show beneficial effects of video games? I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that violent games actually reduce violent tendencies in kids because they can act out their aggression in safe, virtual environments.

    If that isn't the case, well, there's an ESRB rating for a reason.

    Posted: April 28, 2010 11:03 PM

    The thing is, I'm a parent, I know what my kid should and should not be playing. Granted my kid is but a toddler right now but the fact still remains, I'm not going to introduce him to anything I find to be overly violent until I deem he is the right age

    It is the responsibilities of the parents out there to make sure your child has the right mindset to play these things and not confuse fantasy with reality. Yeah Adam I completely agree with your point, there is no reason to get all bent out of shape about it, since it has been a cornerstone of entertainment for centuries. At the same time people should be more open minded about it, realizing this is pure fantasy not reality and playing these games will not inhibit someone to do those actions they take in the games.

    Bottom line is I guess that violent games are amazing, fun, full of story, life, sex and violence. It just all depends on the person viewing it if it is truly offensive or not. No one person is the same so it will always vary.

    Posted: April 28, 2010 10:13 PM
  • Collective_Restraint

    Videogames are a safe place for people to investigate actions that are unacceptable in society. I would never do that stuff in real life. So based on your brilliant opinion, don t call me a deviant if I m playing a game that lets me rape a 6 yo girl? Or pour boiling water on a baby? After all, it s just a game! It s a safe place for me to investigate on actions that are unacceptable in society. Couldn t disagree more. Mark my words, with the new consoles getting ever more realistic graphics and with the more immersive controls coming over, what will keep you from stabbing a bystander multiple times in Grand Theft Auto 28 with you wielding the knife in your hand? Videogame controversy around realistic violence hasn t even started yet. Difference between playing just a game and actually performing the real action is gonna get thinner and thinner.

    To me what makes an ENTERTAINING game is a FUN game not necessarily a VIOLENT one. Don t get me wrong, I love horror games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil, but could you keep gore off every freakin action game that s coming out these days? I d play 3D Dot Game Heroes 150 times over God of War. Why? Well for one, I can participate with my son and even my dad. Which is plenty more rewarding than playing a game alone.

    Posted: April 28, 2010 6:48 PM
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    Posted: April 28, 2010 6:43 PM
  • TripsterBlister

    ok sorry for the multiple posts i could not figure out what the web widget was calling foul on me for profanity. ugh.

    God I hope the *smoke* law passes in Nov. please people vote science and logic not fear and ignorance.

    Posted: April 28, 2010 6:33 PM
  • TripsterBlister

    Violence is very animalistic very natural. Its part of life. Most people can refrain from giving into baser instincts but heated moments and unbalanced chemical brains will result in hurt and death.

    Posted: April 28, 2010 6:31 PM
  • TripsterBlister

    What about the wild west in US history. Watch dead man for a stark arty violent approach to western life. Or The Baader Meinhof Complex for a run down of West German terrorisam in the 1960 s / 70 s

    Posted: April 28, 2010 6:31 PM
  • TripsterBlister

    That is a very cerebral approach to a very scapegoat favorite whipping child of fear mongers. I just finished watching a documentary on the Medici family of renaissance Italy. Very powerful and supportive and bloody violent time in Italian history. The Great gupta kings of Inda would wage violent war on competing regimes but would repent and starve themselves to death in recognition of their deeds.

    Posted: April 28, 2010 6:30 PM
  • TripsterBlister

    OK i want to murder your web widget. i am not trying to post profanity but it is catching either Gupta or Medici as profanity ugh.

    great soap box man.

    Posted: April 28, 2010 6:29 PM
  • BlackLable69

    Hahahaah....you cant prevent something thats embedded in our very being...after all ignorance & hatred have been at the very core of human existence since the dawn of time. Kids probably learn more about violence & dominance at a very early age from each other than anything else. Not saying we should let kids see or do what they like. Nor am I sayin there's no hope & that we shouldn't try. But its always easier to ignore what is true, wrong & what your powerless to change is it not? In my humble opinion both Parents & Children of "Mostly" the Western world have become spoiled. Ask yourself this.....how many untold millions of children around the globe but especially in developing Nations have seen things more horrible than even most adults have seen? But also how long throughout human history has it been this way? & your concerned about video games? Pfff......GUT GEMACHT Sess & thank you.....like Olivia you are also more special & interesting than I thought.

    Posted: April 28, 2010 6:20 PM
  • happymeowmeow

    Along those lines, we live in a violent and indifferent universe. Nature is brutal, and from our perspective, cruel. Reality is defined by violence and entropy. It's funny how a part of being human is relishing violence, but at the same time we abhor it. Maybe the enjoyment of fictional violence is part of that dichotomy, like we have to experience it, drown in our own inherent brutality for a while, just to escape it.

    Posted: April 28, 2010 1:34 PM
  • channelcy

    From the times of the Grecian dramas all the way up until now violence has always been a centre of all entertainment. thanks you sessler for pointing this out

    Posted: April 28, 2010 1:12 PM
  • CreeperNate

    Thanks Sessler! I'm doing a hour long presentation on video game violence in a few days for one of my classes, and this helped me a lot. Keep up the good work

    Posted: April 28, 2010 12:35 PM
  • wislo

    in the future if they bring violence up ....just show them this video :)

    Posted: April 28, 2010 1:03 AM
  • theantigzus

    what happened to the days where parents taught their children right from wrong? way to pass the buck : /

    Posted: April 27, 2010 11:37 PM