(Okay, first I feel bad that I have to do this but I need to stress it. This thread is not about if violence in video games effect someone’s mental state or about potential censorship of violent games. I don’t want to see any posts about either of those issues. You can go off topic all you want, but please don’t touch those two topics or anything close to them. I want this to be an intellectual discussion, not a flame war.)
Alright now, on to the actual topic at hand. Does violence add anything to games? Now what I mean by this is, does the presence of large amounts of violence, blood, or gore add to a game? Does it make the game better? Does it make it worse? Can you think of a game where it does add actual value? If so, what kind? Would games like Mortal Kombat be as good without all the violent fatalities and such?
Personally I can think of a few games that do benefit directly from having serious amounts of gore and violence, but they seem to be for more subversive ways, like in God of War how the overall violent nature of the game is used to characterize Kratos, while showing that such a violent ball of rage and hate would also make for an ultimately horrible person.
Anyway, please give your honest opinions, but don’t try and get too heated guys.
P.S: Please don’t @ reply everything to me, as much as I want to hear opinions, I don’t need every post in the thread inside my inbox. >.>