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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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  • Znieh

    Bravo for using the Iliad as the first example of violence in entertainment.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 11:37 PM
    Znieh
  • Dudimus24

    The Great and Wise Sessler speaks again. *No sarcasm intended* Another great episode Adam, keep it up!

    Posted: April 27, 2010 10:26 PM
    Dudimus24
  • Unbalanced

    is it just me, or does the Kick Ass Video game look awesome!!!


    haha. no. no it doesn't.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 9:13 PM
  • DarthHerter

    hell yeah adam i totally agree with you. if video game violence is such a bad thing i'm supposed to be the hugest most fierce criminal serial rapest serial killer mass murder that ever lived...i've been playing violent video games for ever and im just as normal as a person who doesn't...violent video games to me is like therapy. if you're angry killer a hooker, beat up a pedestrian, run some one over in gta...ooh good times.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 9:00 PM
    DarthHerter
  • Jamdown

    Why do i not watch your podcast offten, you have to be the only person in this idiotic world that makes sense about every thing from comic books and video games to politics, you RULE!!!!

    Posted: April 27, 2010 8:37 PM
    Jamdown
  • Stealthmaster86

    If fear was the first emotion then violence must have been the second.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 7:08 PM
    Stealthmaster86
  • idtirba

    Gladiators another perfect example. Parents and people in general don't want to take responsibility when their kids aren't "ideal" and find things to blame. -Kids playing super violent video games will react to a gunshot in a room just as much as any other kid...

    Posted: April 27, 2010 6:15 PM
    idtirba
  • Topshonuff

    Great Journalism. Humans are always Violent, Curious, Rebellious, Opportunists, and Survivalist. That is our history and our nature. And for a fact most of our technology comes from Wars. Guns, medicine, transportation, food, weapons, stories, training, armor, logistics, communication, chemistry, metallurgy, maps, rockets, nuclear power, jet engines, tanks, walls, higher education, draft, lottery, animal breeding, self defense, and of course war movies..

    Posted: April 27, 2010 6:14 PM
    Topshonuff
  • spiralking04

    Well said Sessler!

    Posted: April 27, 2010 6:09 PM
    spiralking04
  • Gamedude90

    Another informative and smart soapbox. Awesome job Mr.Sessler!

    Posted: April 27, 2010 5:44 PM
    Gamedude90
  • quicksand

    You pretty much said everything I was going to say. There is so much talk about desensitization. Well, I've seen four or five Quentin Tarantino movies, and those certainly have desensitized me... to Quentin Tarantino movies. I still can't watch Saw and struggle to look at photos from post-earthquake Haiti or even dog mills. I can separate fact from fiction. I simply choose not to watch Kick-Ass because I dislike precocious children.

    I'm happy that you brought up the Iliad because, good Lord is it a violent book! Medieval Christians also used to have terribly morbid stories about saints that were used to entertain as much as to teach, Monastic scribes used to draw animals having sex in the margins of Bibles to be published, but that's a different topic.

    Great Soapbox.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 5:41 PM
    quicksand
  • Androo53095

    He over looked the Roman colosseum and how slaves were forced to fight for their freedom. And how when christianity was first statred, dozens upon dozens of christians were fed to the lions PER game. lets face it, violence is as human as baseball is American

    Posted: April 27, 2010 5:20 PM
    Androo53095
  • topgamer101

    Good points Adam. I think we as human beings seem to forget from time to time our roots and what we are truly capable of. That being said, that obviously doesn't mean we can just go do what we want, but understanding that we as a species are not white angels that do no wrong seems to be a hard concept for some people to grasp.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 5:17 PM
    topgamer101
  • XwingVmanX

    Great Soapbox. If definitely made me make connections I didn't think if before.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 4:48 PM
    XwingVmanX
  • Frankotaco

    100% agree. Anyone who is mentally unstable could be influenced by anything. Violence in a game, movie, etc. should not be censored just cause of that. Hitchcock protested this in the early 60's, beginning with the release of Psycho.

    Violence is a part of all art. And if you don't like it, don't see it. Nothing wrong with not liking sex and violence in art. But just as your not forced to see it, you cant force others to not be able to see it just cause its not your cup of tea. Tastes is always an issue with art, and needs to be accepted as the reason one does like or does not like something.

    Being able to understand the difference between the enjoyment of fake violence and the horror of true violence is not a bad thing. The only people who would make such a statement, are those who have never experienced true horrific violence.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 4:35 PM
    Frankotaco
  • MrApophis

    lolwat

    Posted: April 27, 2010 4:34 PM
    MrApophis
  • rikkuster

    A very very informative and deep soapbox, Adam. Kudos to you.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 4:28 PM
    rikkuster
  • rthayil41992

    Adam, would you think that our love of violence could be something wrong with our human nature? aka, do you see anything wrong with the fact that we glorify the killing of other people?

    Posted: April 27, 2010 4:08 PM
    rthayil41992
  • bestclipfan

    I agree 100% with yous Sess. But you missed one of the most obvious examples of violence as entertainment in Rome with the Roman gladiators. Even today violence is still used as live entertainment in places like Spain where Bull fighting is still acceptable. Also usually when someone refers to extreme violence in video games they point to games like GOW which while violent is mostly exaggerated and unrealistic violence which makes the violence not nearly as bad. The same goes for sex as entertainment however video games in this regard aren't even anywhere close to how far movies go yet for some reason any time a game shows some skin the media acts like the game is the devil. I have seen more skin in a PG13 movie then I have seen in any video game.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 4:02 PM
    bestclipfan
  • bestclipfan

    I agree 100% with yous Sess. But you missed one of the most obvious examples of violence as entertainment in Rome with the Roman gladiators. Even today violence is still used as live entertainment in places like Spain where Bull fighting is still acceptable. Also usually when someone refers to extreme violence in video games they point to games like GOW which while violent is mostly exaggerated and unrealistic violence which makes the violence not nearly as bad. The same goes for sex as entertainment however video games in this regard aren't even anywhere close to how far movies go yet for some reason any time a game shows some skin the media acts like the game is the devil. I have seen more skin in a PG13 movie then I have seen in any video game.

    Posted: April 27, 2010 4:01 PM
    bestclipfan
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