Video games allow us to pursue the dreams that are
impossible for us to achieve in real life, dreams that feel closer to reality
the more technology progresses. And because humans are a cruelly flawed animal,
the dream we choose to pursue most often is that of murdering other humans.
Whether it’s a healthy outlet for aggression or the sign of the world slipping into desensitised psychopathy, there’s nothing gamers like more than inflicting appalling mutilations on virtual representations of people just like them.
Fortunately for our failings, game creators have made an art and a science out
of giving us new and exciting ways to simulate the mutilation and killing of
our brethren. They seem intent on encouraging and facilitating out bloodthirsty urges, to the extent that the ability to depict more realistic violence in games is one of the driving forces behind improving computer technology.
Sometimes what they give us isn’t just a mundane gun or a sword, but a work of art – a weapon that inspires and horrifies even as we gleefully employ it in sundering the flesh of those the game puts in our way.