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Violent Video Games: A Visual History


Forbes takes a bruised and bloodied limp down memory lane with a slideshow it's compiled of history's most violent and shocking video games. Kicking off the party is 1976's 'Death Race 2000' for Atari -- the game that's credited with introducing violence into video games because it let you run over pedestrians in a car. More accurately, it let you steer a couple of blocky pixels into some other pixels.

'Death Race' is followed by such modern classics as 'Mortal Kombat,' 'GTA,' 'Doom' and 'Manhunt' (a Switched.com favorite). The truly despicable 'Cluster's Revenge' for Atari is also mentioned thanks to its what-the-hell-were-they-thinking scenes in which the main character rapes a Native American woman.

But while all of the games above were mainstream titles released by big companies on the major consoles of their day –- even 'Cluster's Revenge,' believe it or not –- the rest of the list is populated with heinous, albeit minor league fringe titles. Games like 'Ethnic Cleansing,' which was developed by a neo-Nazi record label. Or, games such as 'Super Columbine RPG' and 'V-Tech Rampage,' both of which re-enacted horrible episodes of campus slayings, but both of which were obviously made by guys living in Mom's basement with way too much time on their hands. We agree that these titles are horrible, but it's not really fair to include them as major milestones in an article entitled, 'A History of Virtual Violence.' In fact, doing so gives them more credit than they deserve.

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