10.09.2006

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“NAILED YOU, BUSTER!!!” he shouts out, triumphant at having finally overthrown his foe. He then does a war dance around the room, much to his dog’s amazement (who has been a silent witness to all the killings). Our hero finally snaps back to reality and turns off his computer.

Common scene, huh? Since the time decent computers were invented, games have had their time. And now, during the reign of 6800 ultra’s and 4GB DDR2 sticks, well…

It all started with the making of small, harmless games like Pac man, Dave, Prince of Persia, etc. No blood, no gore, no anti-aliasing, no anisotropic filtering, no frills, or any such bells and whistles. Just beeps and saccharine-sweet characters. What started with small 320 x 240 resolutioned (pardon the misuse of the word) games has now grown into a gruesome world of violence and gore. Today, the games do the kids more harm than good (and the computer has its own share of worries as well…) Now, it’s the reign of first-person-shooters. For the very very few who are hearing the word(s) for the first time, let me tell you that in such a game, you either see the gun’s rear or the rear silhouette of the shooter (a.k.a ourselves). From what I gather (the word ‘gather’ occurs in place of ‘have played’ because I have a humble 16MB graphics card), these games run as follows:

Some bad guy (mostly an alien or some such deformed creature) has taken over the world and has begun to show its bad face to the people. We, the good guys need to go put an end to the bad nut’s euphoria. During the course of such a process we encounter unsightly, sick, hideous, repulsive, revolting(etc.) creatures and we (obviously) have to shoot ‘em down. And it goes on…

Frankly, I don’t understand the thrill and/or gain in just wandering about in mazes, dark, ill-lit tunnels, deserted Pre-Cambrian-era-like places and making meat out of anyone who comes in your way. And how the heck can a small kid kill another guy with just 2-3 frantic shots from his hand-pistol??? One need not need to be a psychiatrist to know that adolescents have a high level of curiosity. Add to that the fact that they are being given incorrect information and have access to games meant for ‘mature players’, and you have the perfect recipe for disaster. By the way, it’s all because of these dumb games that small (and large) kids morph into bloodthirsty monsters and go on the rampage in real life, killing for ‘the fun of it’. No doubt, those scums were inspired by shooters like Doom, Max Payne, Mafia, Manhunt, et cetera et cetera…

All the same, I do play harmless games, the ones played for recreation and not for re-creation (of trouble). But as of now, nothing can be done… So keep gaming, till -

THE END

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

pacman, AOE, mario, insaniquarium zindabaad!

yes, seriously, there are myriad unnecessarily gory games on the market now-a-days which is simply stoopid. 'nuff has been said about the ill-effects of such products. bloodshed mustn't be glorified in such a manner.

The Smokin' WDM2 said...

I have always hated the FPS games... What's the point anyway? dont pl get bored just shooting ugly things in the darkness ahead?