The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) has released their list of this holiday season’s most violent video games. They list 10 games that they feel are too violent and supplement it with another list of 9 games that they recommend instead.
WORST VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES
1. Doom 3
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
3. Gunslinger Girls 2
4. Half Life 2
5. Halo 2
6. Hitman: Blood Money
8. Mortal Kombat
9. Postal 2
10. Shadow Heart
RECOMMENDED NON-VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES
3. Jak 3
4. Karaoke Revolution Vol. 3
5. Madden NFL 2005
6. Mario Power Tennis
7. Prince of Persia
8. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
9. SimCity 4
After looking at this list, it’s obvious that they didn’t look at or even play the games in question. How can you inform someone when you yourself haven’t looked up anything on these games? The answer is simple…you can’t.
I understand why some games, like Doom 3 and Manhunt, are on the list. But, even so the list is still confusing even to a life long gamer such as myself.
The biggest problem with this so-called list is that a few games are mentioned by the series title and not a specific game within the series. I realize that you don’t have to do that with the Mortal Kombat franchise. After all, every one of those games are violent. However, they need to be specific with which Prince of Persia game they recommend. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is fine for younger gamers, but the developers of the series went with a darker tone for their newest game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within.
The Hitman series is also without a doubt a set of violent video games. However, this time they don’t just point out the series’ “Hitman” title. The ICCR actually points out a game that has yet to be released. Hitman: Blood Money is the upcoming forth game for the series, but it’s not going to be out until the second quarter of 2005. That’s at least four months away. Obviously, nobody will be asking for that game for Christmas this year.
Another problem this that two of the recommended nine games are the exact same game. Antigrav and Eyetoy: Antigrav is the same game. My question would be: “Do you proofread anything you write?”
My last complaint about this pathetic list is within the realm of “games that suck.” Why list a game if nobody cares about it? The PC game Postal 2 is one of those games. It was released over a year ago and received a 4.8 rating from GameSpot. Umm…yeah. Who could possibly want that pile of crap? Certainly not me.
By the way, one last thing. Has anyone ever heard of Gunslinger Girls? I haven’t either.