Just fun and games and murder

November 5, 2007

by Kristen Miller

A newly released video game is creating some talk. “Manhunt 2,” although rated mature, is beyond anything I would want a 17-year-old to play.

The game involves a mental patient using every means possible to escape from an insane asylum. The player is the mental patient. Hmm? Why would anyone want to play an insane sociopath who brutally murders his way to freedom? This concept is beyond me.

Now, instead of a player just pushing some buttons to torture and mangle the other characters, the player can go through the motions of stabbing and gouging someone with Nintendo’s Wii. Wii has motion-sensing controls that allow a player to act out what is going on in the video game.

This would be great for playing a game of tennis or golf, but committing murder? Not so much.

Talk about interactive – not only can you see the player beating and torturing police officers and security guards, but you can hear it all happen.

This has been named the most violent video game yet, and some people say it’s no different than watching a gruesome R-rated movie with psycho killers. I beg to differ.

In a movie, you watch the part, but in this video game, you are the part.

Whether or not this will have an effect on a person is still questionable, but Dr. Christopher Lucas, child psychiatrist, says “Games that actually have players act out things in a physical way are more likely to have [an effect].”

There has also been research done showing children who play these games do become more aggressive and can become desensitized to violence, according to the CBS Evening News.

A blogger on the CBS Evening News web site went off on the news station for negatively reporting on this video game, saying that the majority of the people playing these games are 25 years and older.

I wonder how the blogger knows this? Just like cigarettes and alcohol, video games are just as likely to end up in the hands of the underaged.

I understand that people have the right to buy whatever video games they want as long as they are mature. That’s not the question. The question is, why does anyone find it necessary and fun to play such a game?

To the blogger, I say this: As long as you are 17 and older, play it all you want. But I can guarantee if you are single, you will probably stay that way – especially if any woman sees you playing that game or it laying on the floor along with the rest of your psychotic video games.

Maybe I should watch what I say to this blogger. He could be a serial killer.