On Monday, the Supreme Court lifted the limit on the sale of violent video games to minors, deeming the California law unconstitutional and in violation of the free speech principles of the First amendment.
The ruling finally placed videogames under the First Amendment, in a 7-2 majority, to the elation of videogame publishers and developers industry-wide.
Yet, as the spilled blood, dismembered limbs, and awkward sex-scenes of modern video games get more graphic, it becomes harder to deny that there are a few video games that are so violent, they should probably be kept from small, growing minds.
substituting sessions of virtual violence and homophobia for real-world social interaction "pwning noobs" on Halo: Reach is one thing. Beating an old lady to death with a baseball-bat sized dildo, while clad in a furry costume is another.
Hit the jump to see the five most violent video games ...
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
The last Modern Warfare had us killing dozens of innocent civilians in a crowded Russian airport. They were animated with lifelike realism (crawling away, begging for their lives, trying to help each other only to be shot down).
It's important to remember that the majority of the video games industry subscribes to the Michael Bay school of thought when it comes to sequels - bigger, louder and more BOOM. We can only imagine what Modern Warfare 3 has in store for us. It's probably best if Little Billy didn't burn down that orphanage inside the Ground Zero Memorial.
Prototype 2 was easily the goriest game at E3. It features a protagonist that actively "eats" innocent civilians for power, turning their once living bodies into deadly swords and tentacle-like appendages of destruction. It is amorality at its finest.
Saint's Row 3
The Saint's Row franchise is arguably the most honest in gaming today. It is stupid, violent, disgusting fun and presents itself as such and nothing more, nothing else. It is the id of the ADHD generation; full of chaotic destruction and randomness, and free of pretention and deeper meaning.
As stated above, this is the game allowing players to exercise their bloody wrath via dildo. It also allows them to spew fecal matter on city streets and pedestrians, blow up police stations via airstrike, and dress like either a pervert on DeviantArt or a reject from the Gap catalogue.
Another Japanese title, Catherine tells the simple love triangle story of a 30-year old Japanese office worker, his stable same-age girl friend, and the young, flirtatious Catherine that seduces him. It also features nightmarish sequences where the player is running from lecherous middle-aged goat men and a giant, undead version of their unborn child that's trying to eat them.
Would you let your child watch a David Lynch film alone? No, then keep them away from the mind-f*ck that is this game.
Shadows of the Damned
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This is the product of the some of the most twisted Japanese minds in gaming today, Suda 51 (of No More Heroes fame) and Shinji Mikami (of Resident Evil 4). Paying homage to classic 80s gore horror (ala Evil Dead), the game takes players into Hell itself, displaying ridiculous amounts of gore, doors locked by baby heads that need to be feed human flesh to open, and more phallic references than Reddit during the Anthony Weiner debacle.
Seriously, everything looks like or centers on the penis in this game, from each of your weapons, the level design, or the main storyline. Let your kid play this game, and you might as well just go ahead and buy him the Juggalo face paint.