Discussing Why Killing Things Is Such A Fundamental Game Mechanic In Video Games

March 13, 2015

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Ooooh, looks like somebody just got 50 kills with the shotgun in Bioshock infinite. I remember getting that trophy.

This is a video of PBS 'Game/Show' host Jamin Warren discussing why killing things is such a central concept in so many video games. I'd be lying if I told you I watched all nine minutes of it, but that's only because I know why killing is such a fundamental mechanic in video games: it's illegal in real life, and prison sucks.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to DustyD, who argues video game violence has actually led to a decrease in real life violence because people have an opportunity to get their anger and frustration out in a virtual world instead of choking their roommate.

  • Rick Thomas

    This guy is a Social Justice Warrior and a Cultural Marxist. He's on record as supporting Josh McIntosh, Anita Sarkeesian, and Brianna Wu

  • Gordon Freeman

    If you don't kill things in video games, what else are you supposed to do? Fuck them?

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Two themes very popular in many kinds of media, from books to games: killing an fucking. Sometimes both are combined like in Game of Thrones.

  • Daniel Anderson

    Prior to watching this video. I know this guys a tool, so I have a feeling anythign he says is tool-like. I'm going to out on a limb and say this is a bullshit video. I don't know why geekologie would want to give him free views.

  • afterooster

    I don't understand your point. Are you saying that video games do cause violence? Or just complaining about the video?

  • Daniel Anderson

    The dude that made the video is a tool. What he has to say comes from a tools mouth, thus is irrelevant.

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  • Daniel Anderson

    You shut your dirty whore mouth.

  • Garnet Dawn

    Annoying commentator with faux geek look, video game merchandise in the background to make everything more 'legit', misinformation.

    Mental Floss, you have a lot to answer for.

  • Tyguy

    ???

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