Violent Video Games: Then VS Now

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Violent Video Games: Then VS Now

Video games have been blamed for causing ADHD, depression, violence, and improved reaction time (that one is actually true), but no one wants to talk about the real reason people young and old want to grab a controller and sit unadvisedly close to their plasma screen TV: they're fun as heck. Blowing up zombies? A complete blast. Disemboweling a horde of ravenous ogres? Satisfying and sensational. Quick-saving before you spend 40 minutes completely annihilating harmless village folk? Whatever floats your boat. But video games, especially violent video games (the best kind of video games), have gotten a bad rap since the dawn of 8-bit time. 

Although people in power want to blame all sorts of societal ills on the innocent shoot-em-up, these plucky underdog games just keep being released and enjoyed from nursery, to dorm room, to retirement village. Here's how things have changed from the introduction of violent video games to now.

Mario

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES MARIO THEN NOW WHEN I-A WHEN I-A JUMP USE CAPPY TO PILOT ON THE GOOMBA, THE CORPSES OF MY-A THEY FLATTEN AND ENEMIES, I CAN-A GO-A POOF! SEE THEIR THOUGHTS! THEY FEEL-A FEAR! CRACKED.COM

Freedom of Choice

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES FREEDOM OF CHOICE THEN NOW I THINK IN THIS THE CHOICES I MAKE IN PLAYTHROUGH, I WILL MURDER THIS GAME ACTUALLY AFFECT EVERY INOCENT CIVILIAN THE ENDING, SO I'D BETTER IN FRONT OF THEIR BE NICE TO THE NPCS... FAMILY. I FEEL NOTHING. CRACKED.COM

Availability

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES AVAILABILITY THEN NOW CAN WE PLEASE GO TO THE ARCADE THIS WEEKEND, THEY GOT A GAME WHERE YOU SHOOT ZOMBIES WITH A REAL LASER GUN! ZOMBIE OPERATION ROOM THE BLOODENING SPECIAL ORPHANAGE BUFFET PACK 18+ (contains in-app purchases) 1-TAP PURCHASE CRACKED.COM

Marketing

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES MARKETING THEN NOW WELCOME BACK TO THE 2022 BLOODSTORM: BLOODSTORM: KNIFE-MAGEDDON KNIFE-MAGEDDON PRO TOURNAMENT! PRESENTED HIDE IT BY CRACKER BARREL. FROM YOUR PRIEST CRACKED.COM

Immersion

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES IMMERSION THEN NOW I SHALL BATHE IN THE BLOOD OF ALL WHO IT'S LIKE OPPOSE ME AND SOW I'M A REAL GUY THE FIELDS WITH YOUR WITH A GUN THAT CRUSHED BONES! HATES BIRDS! CRACKED.COM

Press

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES PRESS THEN NOW DESPITE DECADES OF EVIDENCE VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES TO THE CONTRARY, VIOLENT ARE TO BLAME FOR REAL VIDEO GAMES ARE STILL WORLD VIOLENCE. TO BLAME FOR REAL WORLD VIOLENCE. HOW ARE WE STILL HAVING THIS CONVERSATION? CRACKED.COM

Inclusivity

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES INCLUSIVITY THEN NOW THIS CHARACTER HAS IF I RIP OFF A GUN THAT FIRES AND MURDER ENOUGH VENOMOUS SNAKES, SEX WORKERS, I GET A AND НЕ ALSO HAS... SPECIAL TROPHY! A HUSBAND! DOES THAT... MATTER? SWEET! NO, BUT IT'S THERE. JURASSIC PARK JURASSK WORLD CRACKED COM

Graphics

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES GRAPHICS THEN NOW X-RAY MODE SHOWS A WOAH, RED PIXELS HIDDEN EASTER EGG WITH FLY OFF MY CHARACTER THE SCAR TISSUE ON THIS WHEN THEY'RE PUNCHED!! CHARACTER'S ABDOMEN FROM IS THIS LEGAL?? THE LAST GAME WHEN НЕ WAS IMPALED BY THE GHOST OF HIS MOTHER.

Player Toxicity

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES PLAYER TOXICITY THEN NOW GAM3R_ CAT, WE NEED A GIRLS DONT HEALER! PLAY DOOM! ECCO THE DOLPHIN I'M ON IT! IS IN THE BACK! LET'S SHOW THESE NAZIS THAT IT WAS A BIG MISTAKE TO RESSURECT МЕСНА HITLER AND BOMB THE MOON! GRAGKED.COM

Parents

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES PARENTS THEN NOW WHAT'S THIS, YOU THESE CHARACTERS PLAY AS A COMBAT VET KICK EACH OTHER?! TORTURED BY MEMORIES OF THE WAR CRIMES НЕ WAS FORCED TO WE ARE COMMIT? GOING TO CHURCH RIGHT NOW! FINE, WHATEVER KEEPS YOU OFF ТӀКТОК. CRACKED.COM

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