Posts Tagged ‘violence in video games’

Four Questions to Ask When Considering GTA V

For those not in the know, the next big controversial video game has been released. Years ago we heard all of the complaints about Grand Theft Auto III, then IV, and now we’ve got Rockstar’s biggest game yet: GTA V. Christians have fallen on all sides of this issue, ranging from liberty in...
September 19th, 2013 | Gaming | Read More

Is Play Endorsement? Gaming and Personal Responsibility (Part 2)

Part one of this series can be found here. Most of us naturally think of our characters as an of extension of our selves, at least to some degree. This is more true in the age of first-person perspective games. Even if we don’t think of our characters as ‘us,’ we do become attached...
February 4th, 2013 | Film, Gaming | Read More

Is Play Endorsement? Gaming and Individual Responsibility (Part 1)

This is part one in a two-part series I’m doing on video games and endorsement. Check back on Monday for the conclusion. Brett McCracken covered the question of depiction in film as endorsement rather expertly–as he usually does–over at Mere Orthodoxy. The question came up surrounding...
February 1st, 2013 | Film, Gaming | Read More

Violent Video Games and Linearity: What Our Choices Can Teach Us

If thrust into a game where the choices aren’t mine to make, violence (even horrifying violence) ends up making a statement about what that game’s creators are trying to express more than it makes a statement about me the player being forced into a role. [...] I don’t believe that game violence...
January 24th, 2013 | Gaming | Read More

Liberty, Gun Laws, and Violence in the Media

A few days ago, I went to a local gun range with my brother to celebrate his birthday. We’d been shooting before, but hadn’t been in awhile. An experience entirely for sport, we fired a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun. We had a blast, pun fully intended. But when we got driving home, we got...
January 17th, 2013 | Politics, Religion | Read More