Violent video games were around long before Grand Theft Auto and Dead Rising showed kids the fun of drunk driving and hitting golf balls into a crowded food court.
Here are some early generation video games that set the bloody tone for today's games. Even if you're too young to remember these, your parents probably played them, whether they admit it or not ...
6The Texas Chainsaw Massacre of the Atari 2600
Very few Atari games let you be the bad guy. Just about every game involved eating dots, dodging dots or shooting at dots with more dots in order to stamp out the face of evil. The unauthorized video game version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre tied that unspoken rule to a tree and vivisected it with a circular saw in 1983.
Players took control of Leatherface, or in this case, a pudgy bobblehead version of Leatherface if he dressed in light-blue spandex and styled his hair like Coach Buzzcut from Beavis and Butt-head.
As Leatherfaces, your goal is to run around your never-ending front yard and kill people with a chainsaw, or what appears to be a large blue tumor sticking out of your abdomen.
The game sold poorly (basically no stores would stock it) and has since become a rare and highly sought-after title from game aficionados.
So How Bad Was It?
There isn't any blood to speak of, so apparently the developers wanted the violence to be more psychological than physical. Or maybe it was the fact that having to draw three more red pixels back in the '80s would have added an extra three months and $2 million dollars to the game's development budget.
The victims are among the more pathetic opponents in gaming history. Their only defense is to hope you trip over one of the obstacles that randomly pops up while you stalk them (mostly sections of white fence, for some reason). As Leatherface, you don't run out of life, your chainsaw just runs out of gas. After all, we wouldn't want kids having to think about mortality while they stalk unarmed victims around a steeplechase course.