What’s the bloody problem?

I’ve noticed that computer game critics only care about the moral implications of bloodshed when blood is visually being shed. An example is my father, who declared that he would not play bioshock but was enthusiastic about playing call of duty 4. They are both excellent so I was interested why he didn’t want to play one of them. He said that it was because of the gore. This may seem fair, some people don’t like gore. After all my mother doesn’t: rather sweetly branding bioshock “nasty” (no Oedipus). However he seems to have a moral objection to games known for their gory content, especially Resident Evil. One day I was playing it when I light heatedly pointed out the ethical implications of the song he was singing, the lyrics of which had the wrighter indulging in drugs and promisquous  sex, when he replied that I was not in a position to comment on morality playing the game that I was. He has viewed both games and is therefore familiar with their content and yet has formed this negative opinion of one and not the other.

The fact that computer game critics only seem to care about stopping gory games from being present in stores strikes me as odd. Jack Thompson describes the games he objects, such as manhunt 2, to as “murder simulators” and yet I believe that the release of Halo 3 and call of duty 4, among others, without any objections. He states that computer games desensitise people to violence but shouldn’t  gore be encouraged on the grounds that it shows the consequence of violence, as opposed to games that have you slaughtering crowds of enemy’s without a pixel of animated blood being spilled?

I have no objections to violence and gore in computer games and am by no means a supporter of Jack Thompson, The Guardian newspaper or anyone similer. This article aims to highlight the double standards of computer games critics and how they ALL SUCK.

Thanks for reading. 

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