UIC CS 335 - Violence in Video Games (13 pages)

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University of Illinois at Chicago
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Cs 335 - Computer Ethics
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Violence in Video Games Wiktor Kopec April 2004 CS 335 Prof Sloan Word Count 3109 Introduction The numerous technological advancements of the 20th century brought about major changes in our lifestyles Computers and computer technology perform numerous tasks for us ranging from doing our taxes cooking food flying an airplane or finding the nearest route from one city to another Alongside the numerous benefits of convenience productivity and automation came a new form of entertainment Video games allow the player to interact with the objects and characters they see and in some of today s video games the level of realism creates a very immersing environment The player is no longer the bystander as in television shows but an active participant Video games share something in common with television programming the trend towards violence There are several issues that result from this The first issue is the potential impact on those who play violent video games in particular young adults While there have been limited studies on the subject a comparison could be drawn between violence in video games and violence in television The second issue is the changing legislation that affects the level of violence allowable in video games Both of these affect video game developers and publishers History of Violent Games The very first video game to cause controversy because of its violent content was Death Race The game was published around 1975 and the main purpose of the game was to drive over gremlins Even though these gremlins looked like stick figures the game caused major controversy because of its violent nature 1 Around 1981 another controversial game was released Castle Wolfenstein consisted of the player walking around and shooting as many Nazis as possible2 Following Wolfenstein other first person shooters appeared In this genre of gaming the player takes the first person perspective of someone with a gun grenade or knife The main purpose is to kill In 1992 one of the most



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