Originally Posted by ChildLikEmperor
Theres enough crazy shit in video games, why do we need to add to it. In all honesty it does desensitise people and this isnt a good thing.
I think that if it's designed well, it will actually stop people being such tools about stuff like that.
Originally Posted by Domenico
I lol at the way developers interprete this taboo. Unkillable kids are FTW.
Seriously, if game supposes that you player will commit some massacre in some place, placing kids who refuse to die when anyone else do... WTF? What a design failure.
Though in any video games I hate to kill people who can't fight back (it pisses me off when it's an objective), or who are "just passing by", even if they maybe can, no matter children or not.
So, I have to agree with CLE. Maybe it sounds too simple to work, but infact it works.
When I and my friends were younger and were behaving in games artlessly, I noted that I can really match character (I mean, character of that man, not ingame hero) of my mate with his playstyle. Eventually I found out that I rarely (I mean, really rarely) can find a nice person among those who enjoy massacring people in video games for fun (for example, in fallout2 or such).
Besides, it is possible already to notice shift in people's mind caused by that TV policy and such. VG aren't exeption either.
It is common to think that gore in VG makes people cruel, but it's not that simple. Scenes of gore in general mean shit actually, but when player can really associate what's going on with RL (like killing civilians you was talking 5 minutes before), now that can be too much to leave no trace in one's mind, especially if it happens regularly, in different games.
I can hardly see any solution to resolve this problem of open-world games. You can't make town look realistically without adding children. You can't make that open-world game without making it possible to interact with townfolk in any manner available to your character. Good luck with avoiding both taboo-breaking and design failure aka "immortal kids".
They should label them as midgets and allow us to kill them. >_>
Seriously though, I don't meet people who will go on a mindless rampage even in a video game just for hell of it.
Especially if that game is realistic so it add weight to the act of murder.
I also hate killing defenseless people (that's why I wouldn't kill kids) since it's simply below me and it's no fun at all.
Also, banning stuff like that will only make us more bloodthirsty since I never had an urge so strong to twist a kids neck before they told me it's forbidden and that they don't allow me to do that. >_>
Also, all these restrictions are kinda dumb since they don't allow people to decide what's good and what's bad by themselves.
Some brainless sheep may have no problem with that, but I do since I see that as bitch-slap to my brain.
That kinda reminds me of anti-racism actually.
Instead of just trying to let go all that crap, they just brag and brag about it to the point where it seems fun to call some black guy a nigger or beat the crap out of that Asian kid from next building.
The point is, too much restrictions and bragging how some things are bad and immoral can(will) actually lead to counter-effect and will make us more violent and intolerant.
''Successful'' version of that is that people will turn into mindless sheep.
I really hope that they drop that stupid taboo (especially in games like Skyrim since it ruins them) and they let us decide for ourselves what's good and what's bad.
I believe that people can do that.
Those few that can't will not change for the better with or without that restriction.