Side-Quest 66. Blood, Guns, and Death Games

Hello and welcome to another Side-Quest episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone! This is our first blog post for our new format since it took us a little bit to figure out what we wanted to do with it. Make sure you listen to Side-Quest 65 for a full explanation of what we’re doing now!

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The Topic

How do different games approach violence? Why do violent acts in games make us feel different ways depending on the context,  the severity, or the realism? We’re not talking about whether video games cause violence but rather how that violence makes us feel and why from a storytelling perspective. 

A Sample

M: Yeah, who are the monsters who are killing their Fire Emblem characters?

E: I know! Somebody…If I remember correctly, somebody in that article was like, “oh, I sent Caspar out to die because I hated him.” I was like…excuse me?

M: That’s my son.

E: That’s my favorite student! It’s just so…it’s strange, you know?

M: Especially in a game that does not make you use the characters.

E: Right? Right! Like, if you don’t like them, you just don’t use them in your party, right?

M: Yeah.

Enjoy the episode! Tell us your thoughts about violence in video games in the comments or on social media. Check out last week’s episode where we talked about Max Payne and My Friend Pedro and look forward to next week’s episode where we’re talking about Luigi’s Mansion and Jump Force

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