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Sessler's Soapbox: Violence IS Entertainment!

Posted: April 27, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Violence IS Entertainment!
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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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  • slackersphere17

    i think the problem is that sum politicians, journalists, concerned parents hav a too romantic view of their past n kinda hav tunnel vision in wat they remember

    Posted: April 27, 2010 3:57 PM
    slackersphere17
  • crimznbro

    he sounded like a geek when talking aboout those books but i got his point.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 3:47 PM
    crimznbro
  • Darkstorn

    I do think any type of media can incite people to violence if they aren't well socialized into Western societal norms, but that doesn't mean that the rest of us who are able to deal with virtual violence should be punished.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 3:47 PM
    Darkstorn
  • bmben

    Agree completely. This idea that "modern times" are worse in many ways is bullcrap of the highest order. Ever hear of an Auto-da-fe?

    Posted: April 27, 2010 3:41 PM
    bmben
  • butmunch34

    THANK YOU!

    Posted: April 27, 2010 3:30 PM
    butmunch34
  • CustosIntusSilentium

    Along the same lines but taken back further with a ting of religion, violence has been around since Cane and Able. With this in mind, I've never heard anyone abstain from the Bible because of its violent tones. Fire and brimstone, people being nailed to crosses, getting stabbed, being left to die of exposure, people getting stoned to death, and more. Now how the hell does punching someone in the face in virtual space compare to that? I also love that people try to draw lines between man and beast. Do you know what the difference is? Reason, man is the only beast which can reason and this alone makes him special. And not all of us use it to its fullest.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 3:19 PM
    CustosIntusSilentium
  • CustosIntusSilentium

    Along the same lines but taken back further with a ting of religion, violence has been around since Cane and Able. With this in mind, I've never heard anyone abstain from the Bible because of its violent tones. Fire and brimstone, people being nailed to crosses, getting stabbed, being left to die of exposure, people getting stoned to death, and more. Now how the hell does punching someone in the face in virtual space compare to that? I also love that people try to draw lines between man and beast. Do you know what the difference is? Reason, man is the only beast which can reason and this alone makes him special. And not all of us use it to its fullest.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 3:18 PM
    CustosIntusSilentium
  • CustosIntusSilentium

    Along the same lines but taken back further with a ting of religion, violence has been around since Cane and Able. With this in mind, I've never heard anyone abstain from the Bible because of its violent tones. Fire and brimstone, people being nailed to crosses, getting stabbed, being left to die of exposure, people getting stoned to death, and more. Now how the hell does punching someone in the face in virtual space compare to that? I also love that people try to draw lines between man and beast. Do you know what the difference is? Reason, man is the only beast which can reason and this alone makes him special. And not all of us use it to its fullest.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 3:17 PM
    CustosIntusSilentium
  • VEGETABLE SQUALO

    You couldn't have said it any better, I don't like de-humanizing myself too much with violence, well I try not to anyway and I just would like to point out. It's nice to know that I can play gears of war 2 and turn the gore off, if so I choose to do so. Brutal Legend is another example of how some modern developers give you the player the option of having said violence in a video game. Violence is entertaining (Kick-Ass was awesome!) I agree but the option is very welcome.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 3:02 PM
    VEGETABLE+SQUALO+
  • A-Bittersweet-Life

    I've read the Macbeth play in school and OMG, I thought these stuff only existed in Quentin Tarantino movies. Apparently not.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 2:41 PM
    A-Bittersweet-Life
  • M6000

    I say a life with out a little violence would be a very boring life indeed

    Posted: April 27, 2010 2:37 PM
    M6000
  • Dr.Spaceman

    Adam your the best!

    Posted: April 27, 2010 2:18 PM
    Dr.Spaceman
  • xL7717

    Fox News talked about this again today. The guest on there was an idiot when it comes to video games. He brought up the old "terrorist" scene from Mw2, and again, failed to mention that the game gives out warnings about the scene.

    The worst part was when he blamed the video game companies and not the parents. The PARENTS are the problem, not the video games!

    You seriously should have gone on Fox when invited. I'm sick of big news media such as Fox bashing video games. In general I shouldn't care what they say, but Fox does have a big audience who will believe them when they say how "bad" video games are for society.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 2:12 PM
    xL7717
  • Linkvetern64

    I agree completely with Adam. People are more conceited now a days, a lot more then before. And the fact that people pull Video Games from the list of violent media above all else, shows the ignorance of modern society. I hope this changes, before its to late.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 1:53 PM
    Linkvetern64
  • spicypooptastic

    Also I feel that blood and gore add to the game b/c it adds that tactile punch of a feeling, I mean I don't believe I am shooting or cutting someone if they don't bleed.

    Thats why ninja gaiden 2 was so fun, b/c you get to slice people into peices, thus each slice feels like a slice! . . . . . the rest of the ninja gaidens were EH

    Posted: April 27, 2010 1:34 PM
    spicypooptastic
  • RTR

    Very similar to one previous soapbox, but still really nice.
    Also, the only time I remember seeing children, about 2 years old, at an R rated movie was when I went to see Shutter Island.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 1:31 PM
    RTR
  • thefordprefect

    Most pretty good soapbox ever.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 1:26 PM
    thefordprefect
  • rgs10

    Adam, I love you very much and you are an incredibly intelligent person, but you really need to change that shirt.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 1:23 PM
    rgs10
  • Ewoc

    The last line was very well said. Kudos Mr. Sessler... Kudos.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 1:21 PM
    Ewoc
  • Tman88

    He made a great point earlier that violence has always been around and that video games didn't start the violence in the first place. Also like with R-rated movies, parents should watch what games their kids play. Not saying video game violence has a negative effect on children or anything, but games have ratings for a good reason. Like with the movie Saw, which is also a video game now, a 5 year old child most likely should not be watching/playing Saw, mainly due to it being in the survival horror genre. Like with other forms of entertainment, video games have been used as a scapegoat by the media for them to blame the social ills of society on. Games don't create school shootings, car stealing, violence against a certain race or gender, or anything like those sorts of actions. Where the problms lies is with the parents. For example, most school violence is usually planned over a length of time by the teen who participates in the act. Now if the parents spent enough time with that teen then they would likely figure out that someone isn't right and then hopefully they'd step in. Also with school violence, bullying is also a major factor. So really if parents just do what their supposed to do then everything would be better. In conclusion, violence in games is mainly just a means of enhancing a story or campaign and does what it's supposed to do, which is making a game more fun and immersive.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 1:20 PM
    Tman88
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