With today’s’ modern technology where computers are a necessity in every person’s home, online internet games are very popular among children, teenagers, and young adults. These games offer advanced play such as coordinated strategies and tactics popular to shooting games and social interactions common to mass-multiplayer online role-playing entertainment or MMORPG.
These online internet games offer hours of gameplay. Most of their players prioritize this type of entertainment over athletic and physical games because they can play and find enjoyment in the comfort of their own homes.
One of the most contested factors regarding online internet games is the level of violence that they incorporate in the gameplay. One cannot deny that most of them have themes of fantasy wars, modern warfare, and action adventures. In addition, each of these themes involve in a way or another, battle encounters and death. Therefore, when can one say that the game is too violent to play?
Most online gaming involve violence in one way or another. Shooting type action games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, CounterStrike and Borderlands involve shooting and killing other characters in the game, in order to win. Popular fantasy themed internet games like World of Warcraft and Warcraft defense of the Ancients (DOTA) involve using magic and sword fights to “kill” monsters and other players.
The factor that determines the game’s level of “violence” is the way or process that they execute or portray the battles. Popular online internet games mentioned earlier are less gory, or bloody. Once a player shoots and “kills” his opponent, the death animation is very quick and less detailed. In this way, players focus on their strategy rather than notice the game’s violence.
The fact is that some online internet gaming is too violent. Instead of giving emphasis on the strategic gameplay as developed in other popular games, it gives detailed animation on how a player dies and the process involved in it. Samples of violent scenes not suitable for all ages are death animation with detailed blood and gore. Decapitation and dismemberment animations are some of these violent animations.
Violent action games are easy to control when the players are teenagers, young adults, and adults. Because of their mature psychological state, when they play them, they can stop playing when they feel offended. The real problem is when children under 16 years old are playing these violent online internet games.
In order to avoid exposing children to such violent and inappropriate games, parents should accompany their children when buying their games. Store bought games that can be played on the internet have their ESRB rating on their label for detailed information on how violent the game is and the recommended age for playing the game. Parents should be responsible enough to screen the games that their child plays and to remain vigilant.