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Prior to the highly anticipated launch of Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops, animation director Dominique Drozdz said in an interview that Black Ops' new facial animation system and realistic visuals made the team feel that some of the more violent scenes have gone a bit too far. Our very own Adam Biessener said in his Black Ops review that Treyarch crossed the line in terms of violence as the game "pushes the lines of good taste."
"The campaign puts players neck deep in the close-up brutality of combat. Limbs shatter disgustingly as bullets rip apart flesh and bone. Gore flies in all directions as combatants are popped like meat balloons by the vicious weaponry of the ‘60s. In one uncomfortable sequence, the player has to torture a restrained prisoner. This is an emphatically mature game (in the ESRB sense, anyway). Everyone should make their own judgment on what they are comfortable with, but Black Ops crossed my personal line in its bloody depictions of violence, particularly the torture sequence. I wasn’t able to compartmentalize it as enjoyable cartoon violence like I have with so many games over the years. Call me a wuss if you want, but the realistic gore is distasteful in the absence of a discussion of what should be a careful decision to employ lethal force. I realize that Treyarch isn’t trying to put on a morality play here, but Black Ops pushes the lines of good taste."
What do you think? Did the amount of graphic violence in Black Ops make you uncomfortable? Was it even necessary? Or are these graphic depictions of violence just an element of the war experience that we should expect in a game like this? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.
I haven't played this yet so I can't make a fair assesment, but I would say I would probably be dissapointed from a gaming experience if they had the ability to depict this game with uber violence, and didn't do it. I'd say Treyarch wussed out, and that would be the testosterone talking.
The thing that would bother me more than them crossing a line of descency though is, our comsumption of this level of violence. I don't want to start another "video games don't kill people, people kill people" debate, but remember when Mortal Kombat 1 & 2 first hit the market? I'm sure the graphic & violent fatalities where exhilirating, but I think I would be saying that for alot of us, they were at the time a little disturbing. Watching somebody pull another persons head off and seeing blood drip from there spinal chord does something to you. I'm not saying it's gonna make you a pyscho path, but it does make an impression. Well now I would say that we've all become sort of desensitized to thiks particular level of violence. Like Annette was saying, we write it off as cartoon violence.
Well with Black Ops, what if we arrive at the same end result? What if we get so used to this level of depicted violence, that we don't get bothered by it, like Mortal Kombat? Will that bring out even worse social tragedies than we experience even today?
I found that there were definitely some moments that were brutal, but there is definitely worse violence and gore out there. I remember the first time I played Gears of War, I couldn't sleep because I was way too young when I played it and I was so disturbed by the "chunks" corpses left on the ground. Black Ops definitely has its cringe-worthy moments, but I think that's there's still much more violent stuff out there.
the multi player isn't horrible but in the campaign I shot a guys arm off, he crawled around, and dropped dead. I felt like a bad person...
Violence is everywhere. They have graphic violence in movies, violent lyrics in music. All these have the proper labels so people are warned if they don't want to be exposed to it or their children exposed to it. Black Ops is rated M and a description of the reason why it is rated M is on the case. The violence in the game doesn't bother me, I have seen worse in movies.
too violent? you cant even shoot heads off, and there are very few gory stabbings. i guess forearms and shins exploding is kinda violent, but if you opened fire on a real human body with an M60, you'd see what looks like red paint, oatmeal, confetti and chunks of bone all around you. its not too violent.
You aren't supposed to enjoy torturing and murdering people, that was Treyarch's point.
War is gross, blowing someone's brains out isn't a pleasant experience.
Is any shooter game now a days too violent?
Umm, no. It wasn't even as bad as that ONE level in MW2
if it is to violent for you then dont buy, its as simple as that
Not really. It is rated accordingly... And no company can really tell what is too much, until they actually see how audiences react. So far, no. It is not too far. With improved graphics of the future, who knows? Maybe it is video games destiny to become uber realistic to the point of disgust? lol Ah I'm tired...
I personally didn't find anything too disturbing (aside from the up-close throat cutting scenes) but when Adam said "Limbs shatter disgustingly as bullets rip apart flesh and bone. Gore flies in all directions as combatants are popped like meat balloons by the vicious weaponry of the ‘60s." there are many games that are like that (aside from the '60s thing) and many people don't bat an eye. One, for example, is Fallout 3 or New Vegas. One of the perks you can pick is the "Bloody Mess" which does all that and then some (and I haven't seen the review for them so if you did say something about the gore then i guess I'm wrong). And yes it is a choice to pick the "Bloody Mess" perk but isn't it also a choice to turn off the graphic content in the beginning of Black Ops (I'm not positive what it does though because i didn't pick that choice). Also i didn't really think that torture scene was that bad because there wasn't that much blood or gore aside for some of the blood that comes out when you put the glass in his mouth. But yea I don't really think the blood and gore was that bad in the game but it was a little different seeing that detailed amount of it.
when the chunks were flying, the throat cutting and the hatchet were all a little too much for me, but i got used to it and its fine as far as im concerned
some things were crazy like the glass in the mouth part and some other stuff
I think its a good way to show a realistic war game. I mean sure the neck slitting is pretty gory, but they could have been worse. They could have gone way to far and have you just cut the entire head off and hear "FATALITY" in the background. CoD has always tried shooting for realism and I think its a good way they did it here, as long as they don't go to far I think its be fine
the throat cut was nasty but not god of war 3 style so no, not that bad... played waw? this is not much different!
I wasn't aware how violent this game was... I'll still play it but i'll be ready now, i hope.
If actual people were killed in the making of this game then yes, it is too violent.
Well in a way, the game really put the violence in the spot light. However, the term Black Ops would mean something that was meant to be kept under wraps, torture and vicious means of combat are in that category