Why are games promoting "killing" so popular?

Australia
March 30, 2008 11:20pm CST
While everyone is seeking peace in the world... games companies are making a killing (pardon the pun) by releasing games which encourage violence and killing. Why is that? This question was prompted by a game that I am playing online. Someone actually gave me the link on myLot a month ago. www.travian.co.uk I was minding my own business... and I have spent the last month working towards building my own little village. But in the last three days... I have some morons coming along... trying to destroy it. I know it is all part of the game... but why do they get so much satisfaction out of killing and destroying? Does not seem politically correct in 2008.
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@sleblanc (114)
• Canada
31 Mar 08
Perhaps they get points for destroying your village? It can be fun at times too.. for example in Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty. In GTA, killing people is part of the game and personally I think it's hilarious to jump in a car and run over a bunch of people haha! Or Call of Duty, it's a war game, so that's the point. If it's a good, fun game and as long as people aren't out emulating the actions, then I think it's fine!
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• United States
31 Mar 08
What better way to get out aggression than to slain and kill another person? If you cannot do it in reality, do it on a video or computer screen. My boyfriend still plays video and computer games, he knows that everything is just a game, but there are some people who are not so intelligent. People who kill in cold blood, people who kill without a reason to kill are people who do not know better, or they are people who naturally want to do it, people who want revenge. People have been killing other people long before video and computer games came around. People are killing each other in Iraq and around the world and they do not need video games to do it. The people who are playing video or computer games often, are people who do not have to kill because they have let their aggression out on a screen. After my boyfriend is done killing people or things on his computer or video game screen, he takes care of his sister, helps out his family, he makes love to me, and then, he goes to his classes or works to help make ends meet.
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• Australia
31 Mar 08
What better way to get out aggression than to slain and kill another person? Perhaps... if you cannot think of a better way... you should seek help. The people who are playing video or computer games often, are people who do not have to kill because they have let their aggression out on a screen. In other words... if it was not for those video games... they would be out on the street... killing people. I think you did let the cat out of the bag. Beware people... if you see someone playing a violent video game... you have a potential violent murderer beside you. Oh! And by the way? Do children need to kill to relieve their aggression?
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• United States
1 Apr 08
Wow, you people really cannot detect sarcasm can you? Anyway, a lot of people, most of my whole damn generation has been raised on video games and you do not see them on the streets killing people. Most of them are game designers, fighting in the war, working at major corporations, or they have high paying jobs. Those people who kill, are people who's parents have neglected them or they have never talked to them about the difference between reality and fantasy.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
All people, children included, have to let out aggression somehow. If they want to kill in a video game to let out aggression they are going to do it. We deny that we are violent creatures, but all our ancestors did was kill, people have to kill to survive. Everyone has to eat anothr life form or kill something in order to live. We had to kill animals and fight in wars in order to be where we are today. Children in Iraq, children who are raised to be terrorist in other countries, all they know is kill or be killed. We live in a dangerous world and if we do not know how to kill or fight, we will die.
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@kbourgerie (8774)
• United States
31 Mar 08
For many game players it allows them to take out their aggressions by blowing up and killing something on screen. Not to mention how the villain has been glorified in so many movies and they can role play in that regard. In fact according to federal crime statistics crimes committed by our youth is an a 30 year low. Researchers have found that those serving time for violent crimes have actually consumed less media before committing their crimes than the general population.
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• Australia
31 Mar 08
Researchers have found that those serving time for violent crimes have actually consumed less media before committing their crimes than the general population. That could have a lot to do with the fact that those people usually come from very poor background... with very little education... and even if they had a thousand dollars to buy a computer... they would not know how to use it.
@xxgutsxx1 (201)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I guess its in the human nature for those who play games to "END" things.
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@egdcltd (6704)
31 Mar 08
As long as you remember that it is a game, it's not that much of a problem. It's when people fail to grip the distinction between fantasy and reality that problems occur. I also heard recently that the banning of politically incorrect "war" games led to a drop in the measured intelligence and scholastic performance amongst male children
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
31 Mar 08
i think more and more people are liking violent things. its the trend itself. so those killing games are that much popular.the world is more violent it seems.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I'm not familiar with travian, but in most games like that people pick on those weaker than them so they can feel more powerful and more important. Violence in games itself however I don't think is a bad thing. Believe me, there is a lot of rage in the world and I would much rather blow up stuff in a video game than do it in real life. Rather have someone shoot at me in a deathmatch than shoot at me in real life too. It's a good way to let off steam with no one getting hurt.
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@benthose (475)
• India
31 Mar 08
When I saw the discussion title, I assumed it was definitely a female lol.. But as I see, you are a male and the question was to you, not by you.. So this is the answer I have.. I personally love games with all the splurging and killing and heavy violence, because it is something illegal in the real world.. So you can do it in the games with no one to hurt you.. (Well, you might lose a life and have to start over the game again, but its fun!!!)
@benthose (475)
• India
31 Mar 08
Basically, game makers took advantage of this fact and started making many such games and most were big hits.. Unfortunately, they have started influencing the real lives of the people, though it was not intended to be so..
@twoods90 (185)
• United States
8 Apr 08
Because its fun? Its not that they want to go out and kill people in real life, but like in online multiplayer games its fun to kill them so you can talk crap on people...like in halo 3..and in campaigns in like COD4..its jus fun to sneak up on the AI and kill them in different ways...i will never bring killing in a game to real life.
• Belgium
8 Apr 08
as long as it sticks to gaming i'm fine, but real killing and hurting people isn't good. I hate people who do that. In games i don't mind. Remember it's a game!
@replax (2)
• Germany
8 Apr 08
People (mostly males) like games like that, because it's in their 'nature' to hunt and gain something if you have hunted well. That is exactly what those games promote. You kill people/monster/machines and you earn scores and gain a higher ranking
@cblackink (969)
• United States
5 Apr 08
Perhaps it isn't so much about the violence and killing as it is about feeling powerful, the victor, and being in control. There are so many situations in our everyday lives where we feel we have no control and powerless. Video games are really a fantasy world where a person can be the conquering warrior. I don't think these games would be so popular if so many people didn't feel powerless in their real lives. And I don't really think that the games, per se, have anything to do with encouraging people to become violent in real life. I think these people already felt that way to begin with. I guess the games just aren't enough to help them release those feelings.
@agfarm (930)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Dear Aussies.....I am so out of the Loop ( in terms of Video-Games ) I still play the Original Zelda ( Once in a while ) I'm not that Big on Video games , But My Mother very recently Brought it to My attention about a new Video-Game Being released and She said that the Commercials for it were just Horrible ! Myself....I like Scrabble and Battleship , and Clue . One does have to Wonder why there has been a more agressive approach in Marketing these Violent games to Our Children. God Bless you. A xxxooo
@acewings (30)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Game companies make games with killing in it because sometimes the game follows a time line in a war that happened, like the Call of Duty games. But most of the times game companies know that if killing is in their game, teenagers will buy it, then they'll let their younger siblings play which will help promote the game/series.
• United States
31 Mar 08
Well i for one enjoy playing violent video games. I think that the reason it is so popular is because you can do things that you would not do in real life. The same things you would do in The Sims you could not do in real life. These simulations of the real world are more of a way to relax and fill up time that you do not use for something of better value. Not all these games are promoting killing, they may include killing though. I agree that some games may include intense violence but i do not think that these games instill killing people into you. I think that these games can be looked on at many different angles.
• United States
31 Mar 08
I think you might be blowing this whole thing out of proportion a little bit. I've played Travian, and invading other cities is a major part of the game. It's a little surprising, given that fact, that you're so upset about getting invaded. For one thing, unlike first-person shooters, Travian is a browser-based game that does not depict the acts of killing at all. Instead, you just see numbers. I am not really worried about violence in games. For the most part, games are meant to tell a story, and if that story is a good one then the game is worth playing. Stories about killing, war, and conquest are as old as history itself (ever read The Odyssey?), and are a part of the human experience.
• India
31 Mar 08
hi man its right
31 Mar 08
The mistake so many people (influenced by the media, I believe) make is assuming that such games are solely about "promoting killing". As a player of Travian myself, I know that the emphasis there lies in building one's village and protecting oneself from the attacks of others. If other players decide to attack you then that's because that's what the game means to them. It's not the game that makes them think that way - they just do it. It's the same with "violent" games like the Grand Theft Auto series. The game doesn't promote killing people, it just so happens that a lot of people do it in the game.
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
31 Mar 08
I think people like to do something which they are unable to do in real world. And I am the same. I hope the world will be in peace. However, I like playing games like Red Alert. I am serious in love, but I tried to date with boys when I played Sims. I even wanted to make an affair for fun when I played this game.
31 Mar 08
I do not understand it either and thought perhaps because I am a woman maybe I am less likley to like killing than a man. I do hope that perhaps if people can get rid of their aggresion playing a game then they might be more peaceful in real life. I have no idea whether this is the case though.