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August 6th, 2013, 01:29
Originally Posted by Stingray View Post
Doesn't cause me any emotional trauma, but it also shouldn't surprise you if the vast majority of people people react to something like that being introduced to games, when it isn't something they haven't encountered up till now in games, or RL for that matter. If it honestly surprises you, that's fairly naive.

Anyway, comparing it to killing in games is a bad comparison. War is something that's gone on throughout the course of human history, and most people are taught about it at an early age. In the vast majority of games, killing of other humans comes in the context of either war, or "good vs evil". Fairly few games have gratuitous killing (or "murder" as Thrasher put it), and those that do are usually at least semi-controversal (examples: Postal, Grand Theft Auto).
I would disagree that it's a "vast majority." In some more conservative areas it may be a majority, in others a very vocal minority. Nowadays, it's not uncommon to see portrayals of gay romance on TV, in movies and in books. It's even showing up in comic books. And it's increasingly uncommon to not know someone who is gay, be it a friend, family member or acquaintance. In certain pockets of the world maybe, but certainly not everywhere.

I will agree with your point about the manner in which killing is portrayed in games. It is true that games like GTA do get more flack for being gratuitous than CoD. That said, even when killing a "bad guy" or engaging in fantasy violence, I would hope that it would feel more disturbing to you to shoot someone in the head than to simply have a member of the same sex flirt with you. If not, I would hate to see your reaction if/when a guy flirts with you in the real world.
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