Essay on Violence and Sexuality in Video Games

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Violence and Sexuality in Video Games

Unlike popular belief, the first violent video game was not Mortal Kombat. The killing started with a game called Death Race 2000 released in 1976 by Exidy Software. It was based on a B movie by the same title and features the main theme of the movie in the game: to run people over. You control the car to run over people, and the people you have killed become a cross. Needless to say, the game was quick to draw attentions towards it. The criticism from Americans all over the nation eventually got the game pulled off the market. One would think that the game must have been pretty intense and gruesome if it attracted such a response. Nope…not a bit…in fact, this is how the game
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I mean just look at the cover art of the game! It features a pretty much naked cowboy around the vaginal area of a Native American girl, who just happens to have an orgasmic look on her face.

Moving on to 1992, two games were released that probably became landmark of violent and sexual video games. One is the infamous Mortal Kombat by Midway, while the other is Night Trap by Digital Pictures.

Gaming graphics and technology has come a long way since the 80’s and gone are the awful looking 3, 4 colored pixels. With the improvement in graphics and sound, things started to look more realistic. Because of its more realistic depiction of violence, Mortal Kombat was the center of mass controversy. Unlike Street Fighter, which used and still uses 2D sprites, Mortal Kombat featured human modeled characters. The characters in Mortal Kombat had been motion captured and were modeled after the actors that portrayed them.

The portrayal of a much more realistic violence compared to that of cartoon like characters start to drawn attention of many teenagers and parents. The main reward of playing Mortal Kombat was the chance to perform a fatality on your opponent once you win. The fatalities as shown on the left side, are often gruesome and bloody. The game had the attention of the mass media as new groups started to interview

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