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I am working on a project that I would like to figure out if the reactions of players who have experienced violence in displayed games in the past 25 years (since 1990). To elaborate, for instance, was there ever a cutscene, QTE sequence, or gameplay section that was especially brutal, uncomfortable, or just made u say "man that's messed up" in a game. Was there ever a violent representation that caught you off guard or was especially memorable? Also I would like to establish 3 things right now:

1.) I do not in any way believe that violence in digital media is related to violence in the real world
2.) This thread is not about the argument of whether violence in digital media has any links to violence in the real world
3.) (For admins) If this thread is not an appropriate topic or not a topic allowed in this thread, by all means notify me and or remove the thread immediately, I am not trying to cause issues, I am just trying to gather a respectable census of data.

That being said, I'll give an example of mine. In Mafia 2 in the scene when the Chinese gangsters are (from what it looks like zoomed out) beating Henry, only when the cutscene zooms in did it show they were carving him up with meat cleavers and cutting knivies. That scene gave me the cringes. So what were some of yours?
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That scene in Mafia 2 is a good choice. But I have to mention The Punisher game from 2005. Every torture sequence. See if you can find any on youtube. There isn't much else I can think of... you can "dissect" any corpse you come across in Fallout 3 and New Vegas. Movies have had far more cringe-worthy violent scenes than any game.
Edited by boredgunner - 3/2/14 at 8:56pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in4zdlJhxdM

Rust, I've never seen anything like this in ANY game LOL.
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Originally Posted by Chimera1970 View Post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in4zdlJhxdM

Rust, I've never seen anything like this in ANY game LOL.

http://youtu.be/rqk5oSvgy4Y
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no video game has ever bothered me with it's violence as I know they are just games.
some things in games that I find the violence a little weird I just laugh, afterall it's just a game.
I really have never had a thought in my mind about game violence until this thread was
started. also for a little more info on your study you should ask the age of the person
replying to this thread. I am 54.
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The only point in a video game that shook me was Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
in Sleeping Dogs when Jackie was found dead on a meathook, all cut up with blood dripping off of him from torture wounds
I think the attachment to the character caused the shock more than the violent imagery though.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chimera1970 View Post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in4zdlJhxdM

Rust, I've never seen anything like this in ANY game LOL.

LOL I don't know what to say here
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I haven't actually seen anything in games that "caught me of guard". Thing is now with all the films etc. People tend to get used to things. Even my brother who is nine, plays COD on the xbox and untouched by people dying etc. Oh and age is probably a big factor, i am 21.
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Nope - I must be dead inside
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I'm only eighteen, but I've been playing various video games since I was seven (mostly shooters and role playing games). When I was thirteen I played Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. There was this scene where you're on a ship at night with Leanna (a girl your character has been flirting with, a protagonist) and the main necromancer (the antagonist) is dancing with her. He lets you dance with her and while you are, the necromancer thrusts a dagger through her stomach. It really wasn't that bad, but it kind of bothered me at the time.

Here's a link to the cutscene: www.youtube.com/watch?v=edWXWYEu_UA
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