Politico put together a top-ten list of violent video games that are being mentioned by anti-game forces as part of a culture of violence influencing people. While they are citing groups like Common Sense Media and the National Rifle Association in their gallery of gruesome games, the most notable thing about the feature is how dated all the selections really are.
The games named in feature include Manhunt, Manhunt 2, Grand Theft Auto III, Mortal Kombat Kollector's Edition for the PS3, Postal (yes they actually mention Postal), Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Resident Evil 0 (yes the GameCube game), Splatterhouse for the Xbox 360, God of War II, and Mad World for the Wii.
While all of these games are violent (no one is disputing that point) they are all also rated "Mature" by the ESRB. The Politico writer who put this together might want to check out the ESRB ratings site for what it means for a game rated Mature:
"MATURE: Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language."
Hopefully the next feature offered by Politico's Gallery will be of guns and ammo that were / are available after the Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004, though I certainly have no opinion one way or the other on the issue of gun control.
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