Today marks the release of Battlefield 3, a videogame that’s been positioned to compete directly with the most popular franchise in the military warfare genre, Modern Warfare 3. Both games thrive off of a key component: violence. In today’s podcast, editor-in-chief Richard Clark, editor Drew Dixon, and associate editor Ben Bartlett get together to discuss the nature of videogame violence. Does violence have a place in videogames? Does it have to be such a large place? They discuss these questions, plus Battlefield 3 and the like’s refusal to include civilian casualties in their games.
Plus, Drew Dixon offers up his Top 5 instances of videogame violence, for your, uhm, enjoyment?
Thanks to Luke Larson for the new CaPC theme music!
When Games Matter: Civilians in War Games
Play in Process: The Virtual Battlefield
Virtual Scapegoats: Getting to the Truth About Videogame Violence
When Games Matter: Videogame Violence and its Frequent Lack of Self Awareness
When Games Matter: Shadow of Colossus and the Truth About Violence
Play in Process: Coming to Terms with Violence
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