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Act of love more offensive than severed human heads, reports poll

Believe it or not, the choice between taking life or creating life is one that is very unclear to parents. In a poll on parent-oriented gaming site What They Play, respondents were asked to pick from a choice of four what they found the most offensive in a video game.

The four choices offered were: a graphically severed human head; a man and a woman having sex; multiple use of the F-word; or two men kissing.

Perhaps as a strange demonstration of social values, those who voted in the poll reported that sexual matters of any sort were more offensive than explicit violence or profanity. The leading pick as the most offensive act in video game was “a man and woman having sex” at 37 percent. Off second place with 27 percent was “two men kissing.”

Next in second last place with 26 percent was the anti-violence answer of “a graphically severed human head.” In a distant fourth was “multiple use of the F-word.”

Informed parents are the best defence against exposure of inappropriate material to children, though it appears that many are more concerned about sexual matters than graphic violence.

Susan Arendt of Game|Life shared the story of an encounter she once had in a game store: “A woman was trying to buy her 12-year old daughter some games for Christmas, and overhearing me talking about games, asked me for advice. She picked up one of the Resident Evils and asked me if it was any good. I told her that it was an excellent game, but quite violent and scary. ‘Oh, that's no problem,’ she replied. ‘But there's no, you know, people having relations in it, is there?’



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RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By afkrotch on 4/15/2008 2:51:42 PM , Rating: 2
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This example is reflected not only in video games, but society in general. We spends millions, maybe billions of dollars on weapons development and the military. We glorify war, violence, and killing in movies and TV shows. Meanwhile, sex is taboo, and anything that has even a hint of sex is often considered sleazy, immoral, or just plain wrong. We've completely disregarded the fact that sex is natural and very much a necessity. I will never understand this, and it leads me to wonder how misguided we really are as a species.


Violence is as natural as sex is. Ever see two dogs fight over a small plot of land? Over a female dog?

Wars are just grand scales of our instinctive needs to fight over our differences, leading to the injury or death of the opposing force.

Just in the US society, sex is more closed off and hidden than many other countries. Think Euro Trip stated it best, when in the movie, they said the prudes in England moved to the US.


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