Video games have come a long way since the blocky characters of the Intellivision graced my TV growing up as a kid. As a computer science guy, I’m pretty amazed at the realism in modern sports games and the physics engines that power simulations and FPS games. With the incredible realism available today comes the urge for some development shops to implement ugly realities like hooking up with prostitutes and killing police officers as found in Grand Theft Auto. The latest arcade simulation to stir the controversy pot is the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 that had a trailer leak out depicting realistic gameplay for players to kill civilians as a terrorist. Is there a hidden line somewhere that has either been crossed or nearing crossing? Or does it really matter since those opposed aren’t likely to play it anyway? I don’t suppose anybody today would find the controversies over ’90s era Leisure Suit Larry games to be all that big of a deal. Perhaps the same will be said of these games in another decade.
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