Detroit Prosecutor Issues (outdated) List of 10 Violent Games to Avoid For the Holidays

December 4, 2007 -
Detroit is the second most dangerous city in America, according to 2006 crime statistics.

Top Prosecutor Kym Worthy (left) thinks violent video games may play a role. As reported by the Detroit News, Worthy has issued her 3rd annual list of the Top 10 Most Violent Games. Of the titles, she said:
It's no wonder we're seeing the crimes we're seeing lately...  Please do not buy these video games and bring them into your home. It desensitizes [children] to violent acts.

From the Detroit News article:
Grand Theft Auto topped a list of the top 10 most violent video games... The video game "absolutely glorifies" carjacking, Worthy said, and encourages shooting, running over pedestrians and other violent acts.

Other video games on the list make a sport out of buying and selling drugs, show children witnessing the murder of their father and Rapper 50 Cent being involved in the drug underworld.

It won't be especially difficult for parents to avoid purchasing the games on Worthy's Top 10 List, since most of them are at least a year old; some are several years old:

1. Grand Theft Auto (last released on consoles 2004; PSP, 2006)
2. Manhunt (2004, we assume they mean 2007's Manhunt 2)
3. Scarface (2006)
4. 50 Cent Bulletproof (2005)
5. 300  (Feb, 2007)
6. The Godfather (PS3 - March, 2007; other versions, 2006)
7. Killer-7 (2005)
8. Resident Evil 4 (Wii, PC 2007; other versions 2005)
9. God of War (2005; we assume they mean 2007's GoW2)
10. Hitman Blood Money (2006)

GP: We understand that politicians are going to compile lists of this sort around the holiday shopping season. Is it too much to ask that they do their homework, figure out which games are actually in demand right now and offer parents guidance that is more relevant?

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Re: Detroit Prosecutor Issues (outdated) List of 10 Violent

Kym "Un"Worthy

All of those games are rated 18+ aren't they? i.e. children shouldn't be playing them anyway. You know, I honestly wish I could make all 'violent' video games temporarily disappear for a few months. Then, when violent crime remains unaffected, people might actually realise that video games aren't the problem.

oh my god our planet is being invaded by stupid people. i cant take it anymore.

It is a pity, but at least Killer-7 is getting some face time. Also, why aren't Gears of War, Resistance, God of War 2, and Dead Rising on here?

Wow, I've played/own the entire list... does this make me the anti-christ or something?

@GP

you talking about politicians. so yes. yes it is too much to ask them to do their homework

@ mgroves

True true. But they aren't exactly on the top of many wish list.

@Shaesyco

Don't forget, Mario uses mushrooms.

@mgroves

A yearly list should contain games that are in demand that year, not a few years back. Plus, the list itself smacks of someone picking the highest profile violent games and sprinkling in some lesser known ones just to appear well informed.

[...] Some news from Gamepolitics regarding another Thompson wannabe called Kym Worthy, a top prosecutor apparently In her infinite wisdom she has done a list of top ten games for parents to avoid buying for Xmas holiday for their children. This is her third annual list. As Gamepolitics point out, most of the games are already available in shops, being over a year old- She should have done her homework better: 1. Grand Theft Auto (last released on consoles 2004; PSP, 2006) 2. Manhunt (2004, we assume they mean 2007

Maybe someone told it before, and i didn't read it, but...
Where is Postal 2 ?
It's old, i agree, but, if you want to become a crazyWTFBBQpsycho, you have to play this one, or this excuse is outpassed maybe now ?

Thats politicians for you...
Still, i would expect at least SOME recent games (or at least get the sequels right).

Goddammit...I hate it when the idiots come from my city...it ain't so bad when they are from other states, lol

I don't think RE4 is that bad of a game, it's one of my favorites of all time. And shouldn't these games not be in the hands of minors anyways? Any parent with half a brain cell should know that M = Bad
Not to mention, just looking at the cover, they should think "Hm...a picture of someone's head in a vice...this is soooo apropriate for my 7-year-old"

it's good to see ignorant people don't take the holidays off... right?

I agree chadachada (ex-Detroiter, still live in Michigan) the morons that seem to pop up in our government here from time to time just baffles me.

You'd think that after the crap that happens in Detroit and the surrounding areas they'd have more important things to worry about.

Detroit was one of the dangerous places to live even before gaming, with over a million cars stolen and millions of other crimes being committed, this prosecutor here just wants a scapegoat.

and once again...to Ms Prosecutor...

Detroit's million(give or take) carjackings are not the games fault...

It's the most (out-dated and idotic) time of the year.....

Come on kids sing-a-long.

Time spent on research would equal less time using your position to financially benefit you in ways that are technically illegal.

Quick question: Isnt 300 a movie? dont tell me they made a game. Oh, and as for 50 Cent... IF YOUR STUPID ENOUGH TO BUY CRAP LIKE THAT DONT HAVE KIDS!!! im sorry, im just tired of idiots trying to jump into the cashcow that is video games.
This stuff is pretty outta date, isnt it? Most people who are gonna get GoW or RE4 already have it, so this list is kinda pointless on a number of angles.

@ GP:

"We understand that politicians are going to compile lists of this sort around the holiday shopping season. Is it too much to ask that they do their homework, figure out which games are actually in demand right now and offer parents guidance that is more relevant? "

Yes.

"It’s no wonder we’re seeing the crimes we’re seeing lately… Please do not buy these video games and bring them into your home. It desensitizes [children] to violent acts."

The crime's being seen "lately," by and large the same crimes that have been seen for decades, are not caused by games but some games are, however, caused by a culture that already glorifies those crimes. When you see people stealing cars and hear about people stealing cars and talk about people stealing cars then it isn't GTA III that "desensitizes" you to car theft.

It's like someone saying, "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" and some else answering, "omelette's!"

Wow. Surley compiling a list of violent games will convince some parents that if a game is not on the list, then it must be suitable for kiddies. So if you are gonna make a list, you need to get it right or its really just more scaremongering.

Yo know she could have at least slapped a 2 at the end of Manhunt. That would have helped a little.

I don't mind people trying to warn parents not to by some games. I do mind when the same people try to explain complex issues with easy solutions (that does not only apply to games). And I really mind it when those people don't spend an hour doing some proper research.

BTW, is 300 that bad? I've just seen some videos and read some reviews, but it didn't really strike me as a horrible game that will make people cut down their neighbor.

No worries about 50 Cent's game, it sucks.

They forgot breakout. The horror of all those spheres destroying rectangles. It's barbaric.

Blah blah blah talking head blah blah blah.

Seriously? Are there any politicians out there that actually cite their sources?

Grand Theft Auto "glorifies" carjacking? That's like saying Mario glorifies jumping, or Sonic glorifies speed. It's just a means to an end. Game mechanics are there so that you can complete some overall task.

Bulletproof was just a sorry excuse for a game...just like 50 Cent's rap is a sorry excuse for music (sorry, couldn't resist).

And they bring up the video games/aggression < smoking/cancer statistic debate again. Christ...it's illogical people like this that continue to further my misanthropy.

Being a Michigander myself its heartening to see this. I mean its not like we're last in jobs, second to last in the economy or anything. We're also not in the midst of a busget crisis, a tax increase that'll drive more jobs out of state and have a legislature that's so bloody irrsesponsible that they count a $700,000,0000 speding increase as a cut because they didn't spend as much as they wanted. And Detroit certainly hasn't been named most dangerous city in the nation again. Nope things are fine and dandy herre.

To quote the great one: "Good grief."

Oh, and don't forget not to buy the movies 300, Godfather, Resident Evil 1-3, or go to violent movies like, uh, Hitman.

Oh, wait, those are MOVIES. Non-interactive. Yeah. After all, it's not people don't become emotional, aggressive, or even violent when they merely hear or see events that they didn't take active parts in to begin with. (Google: "riot" "detroit" "violence", etc.)

And, yeah, video games glorify drug dealing more than anything. Gee, it's not like the rolls of money long time dealers pull out don't make the act look lucrative.
It's not like seeing dealers surrounded by "popular" people in the community doesn't look lucrative.
It's not like the confidence pouring off the public persona of the dealer doesn't make them look lucrative.
It's not like the expensive materials (jewelry, cars, even weapons) don't look lucrative.
It's not like the fear so many in the community have of the dealers doesn't seem lucrative.
It's not like segments of the community don't actually GET BEHIND the dealers when, after having bitched that the police DON'T do anything about the dealers, the community turns around and bitches that the police HARASS and violate the Civil Rights of various dealers. Sure, that doesn't seem like a lucrative business venture.

Video games to blame? More like you're too bloody lazy to do a REAL job of cleaning up your city.

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Ah don't worry about the list. Most of those games are not good anyways.
(*Note: I said most!*)

[...] As reported by GamePolitics, a Detroit prosecutor has issued her list of top-ten violent computer games you shouldn’t buy for your child this Christmas, which is fine, but the list is kind of … old. [...]

Outdated list is outdated. You really have to wonder whens the last time these people have ever actually been to a game store...

Ah community groups - your ceaseless ignorance and unwillingness to learn about the products you wish to censor is our path to a vision of a brighter future.

A future full of sanitized childhoods and 'clean living' where things that are unpleasant are simply not talked about in the hope that they will go away.

I for one, welcome our new ant overlords.

It's kinda funny... I live in the Detroit area, and I don't even want most of those games.
1. GTA. Well, I want it, (any one) but my mom would kill me. Hey, my parents are parenting! What a thought!
2. Manhunt (1 or 2) I don't have a playstation, and even if I did, I wouldn't want that game. I have better ways to waste my time.
3. Scarface. I'd rather see the movie. Which I'm not allowed to see. Curse you, parental units!
4. 50 cent: bulletproof. I hate rap. Why would I by a game about a rapper?
5. 300. I liked the movie, but as everyone knows, 99% of licesend games are crap.
6. The godfather. I'd rather read the book. Or see the movie. or go play a good GTA knockoff.
7. Killer-7. What? I've never heard of that game.
8. RE4. Ok, this one I might want. I actually played the Demo at comic-con '04, and it was cool. I'd run into troube with my parents, though. They have me at every turn!
9. GOW: Yet again, I don't own one of Sony's devil machines. Bill Gates (and miyamoto, with a minority stake) own my soul.
10. Hitman. Not a bad game, but not one I'm particularly intrested in.
Hey, lady! why not stop blaming games I don't even give a crap about and go do our job? Just a thought.
P.S. Congrats, EZK. I've read a lot of your posts, and I know you'll probobly do O.K.

Why am I not surprised that they give out a very outdated list? While they're at it...why not add Conker's Bad Fur Day to the list? Hmm?!

I also find something extremely ironic about the *MOVIE* game 300 is on that list. I find it dead hilarious that 50 Cent's garbage game is there too... After all, mainstream hip hop (Y'know the stuff which destroyed the whole genre...) is something our children should all enjoy.

...And it's been two years already since his terrible game came out? Wow, time flies!

I guess I should stay away from these outdated titles, even though I'm 17. Because age requirements doesn't matter to them. Who cares if I'm old enough? I'll just stay the hell away...

/Sarcasm

Yay! Another moron blaming violent video games for youth violence and crime. Why not blame the real problems like shitty parenting, child abuse, poverty, hard drug use, kids being exposed to real violence in the streets, ect. The fact of the matter is the average normal kid out there is not going to be effected in any negative way by playing violent games. Most kids are not as impressionable or as stupid as people make them out to be.

Little Jimmy wants this game called, "Postal 2." He says its only rated "M" because it makes fun of the postal service, tee-hee. It is not on the list either. I'll get it for him on Christmas, =D!

I'm surprised no one has brought up 50 cents comment that bullet proof is "educational" yet.

Where is her list of the top ten movies to avoid?
Where is her list of the top ten music CDs to avoid?

Me thinks those lists wouldn't garner as much attention as a gaming list. I assume Kym Worthy thinks this as well.

The City of Baltimore has the "XBox gang". Their tag is a green X, and they have a tendency to do their shooting near schools.

Honestly the XBox (or any game system or video game) itself has nothing to do with this. If Cheese-its were more 'street' in the eyes of the gang members, they'd call themselves that and use big orenge triangles for their tags.

Perhaps it is also worth nothing that Baltimore's 250-350 murders a year are mostly drug related. There are a lot of poor people in the city, and a good number of people live in vacant housing without power. It could be interesting to know, of those murdered (and murdering), what percentage actually have access to video games?

Incidentally, the only reason Baltimore hasn't had a higher murder rate then Detroit for the past 30 years is because it has substantially better hospitals.

Bingo. Got my Christmas list.

Also, I doubt she, or any of her advisers, have even played any of the games on the list. Therefore, how the hell does she know how violent each game is and what each game glorifies?

That fat bitch should stop eating so many doughnuts and start playing games so she at least knows what the fuck she is talking about before bashing games.

What? Why isn't the original Doom on the list?

While we're at it let's go ahead and add a view other games. Mortal Kombat 2 for the Sega Genesis for showing blood and having fatalities. Aquaman for the Nintendo Gamecube just because, like the most of the games on her list, it sucks. And Deathtrap Dungeon for the Sony Playstation for its violence. Yeah, that’s perfectly outdated.

@ jds

Because then she'd have to admit that kids can watch movies and listen to music far easier than they can play games. Then she'd have to admit that those mediums could just as easily "desensitize you to violence". Then she'd have to work.

When they talk about GTA and Manhunt, they're probably talking about the whole series, not just a single game. Also, Resident Evil 4 is still a seller. However, some of those games I never even heard of, either because they sucked so bad they never made it to store shelves, or I just live in a box.

It would be pretty easy to descredit her list. As the article points out, I doubt she could answer the following about any of these games: Which system, which edition in the series, and what is the first thing that happens in the game that you find disturbing? Being as she probably never played any of these games, I can't take her opinion seriously. It's like writing a critique on a novel without reading a single page of it. Meanwhile, in Detroit, decapitating Hydra heads has become a popular gang initiation rite!

I own everything on that list.

Detroit, huh... I wouldn't trust a word that comes out of people who re-elected Mayor Kilpatric by convincing the mentally incompetent and dead people to vote for him

@Austin Lewis

Seriously? Better watch you to see if you'll go on a killing spree. How's Killer-7?

why do they say avoid the great games and wheres Resistance: Fall of Man or Call of Duty 4

@Acebuckeye13
sony dosent have devil machienes just buy a playstation and you will see what you are missing out on
fanboys suck

@pie

Tell Sony to get off their ass and put out some good games. There getting there, but there still isn't a reason to buy the console.

Detroit is a crime-infested city. Look at the past high-crime city lists. Almost all of them have Detriot either in the top five or at the top.

If you want to see how messed up Detroit is, look at the Pacers/Pistons brawl or their fans' reaction after the 2004 NBA Finals to name a short few.

I presume that children living in other cities around the US play more or less exactly the same games as the children in Detroit. If Detroit is more violent than a number of these other cities, it suggests there may be something wrong with Detroit, rather than video games.
 
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