Game Violence Documentary Can Be Seen Free Online

Game Violence Documentary Can Be Seen Free Online

“Moral Kombat,” the 2007 examination of violent video games by the brother of Entertainment Consumers Association president Hal Halpin, will be available for view online free for the next 30 days.

Spencer Halpin’s film tries to balance First Amendment rights and free market principles on the game maker’s side with concern over game violence, its potential impacts, and minors’ access to it. While the documentary does give play to noted anti-game hawks like Sen. Joe Lieberman and, of course, Jack Thompson, it has been praised for balance and a serious tone. The documentary is 90 minutes long.

Moral Kombat [Babelgum via Game Politics]


  • Cheers for putting this up 🙂
    Very interesting to watch. Just for those of you out there that are inclined to get on the back foot about game violence….just try and watch it with an open mind.

    You will get annoyed with it. I did, but at least you can see the argument form the other side of the debate.

    Oh, and yes, Thompson makes an appearance.

    • I am starting to understand where their coming from. I am frustrated, yes. However I want to take out of this that there is a future and there will always be people that refuse to look at things open-mindedly. I don’t wish to say this out of bitterness however even I, a child, whom they are trying to protect is not able to be herd. 2 simple numbers will stop their argument in their tracks. 1: The average gamer is a adult 2: 90% of mature rated games are purchased by a adult. I do not like a entire medium of both art and entertainment to be blanked because of a minority.
      Yes, the industry is growing and the actual education of the public is lagging behind. The majority of activists are the flaw. They are trying to teacher a teacher well into their career
      Although the situations are in-fact quite distant, you could conclude manly links towards science’s advancements and the church. It is hard work trying to validate a parking ticket calmly when the ticket-adviser is screaming at you for your cultural differences and how we are worse then hitler only to sigh and drive away.

      -Don’t drive away just yet gamers, Chris

  • Just finished watching it
    Some of the Anti games people had a few points but man were they misinformed other times. I left feeling uplifted and good about what I do for fun and I an truly exited if the developers are correct in theri future predictions.

  • Haven’t watched this video but I thought I would chuck up a thought on violence. Why don’t people ever take a holistic approach to violence in minors. It is perfectly okay for a child to take Karate which literally trains kids to beat, mame, and kill people (okay there is some zen to stop them going wild.) Think about rugby union where kids are physically agressing each other. Think of the conditioning kids go through in “acceptable sports” to beat their enemies. At least computer games sometimes have a story, kill this guy because he will take over your home world. Youth sports are basically, tackle, punch, and attack this guy because your parents tell you to.
    Also, who ever said aggression was a bad thing. If are ancestors didn’t have aggression they would have been eaten by lions many many moons ago.

  • Good god, an hour and a half? I don’t think I’ll watch it all… even the title makes me cringe… but “the eminent threat that violence poses on the next generation” they say this like it’s fact? And the guy with the glasses, near the start “games literally shape the attitudes of our kids and the way they interact…” hmmm, but not film or TV? which have been around for who knows how long? Wow, such an eye opener, I wasn’t aware that video games invented violence…

    Ugh, I absolutely refuse to believe that games have a subconscious influence over people who play them… I’ve been playing violent games almost since birth, I have never committed a crime… lol, don’t forget what Margaret Pomeranz said also, because from a non-gamer standpoint, she definitely has her head screwed on. These guys have never played games, and don’t want to know anything about them… they just want to get rid of them.

  • This to me feels like another industry supported documentary to make videogames look good. The inclusion of Thompson (and discredit to him and the other guy at the end of the film) and how the tone changes from concern to wonder during the film…

    The MIT professor was the only real intelligent voice of reason in this.

  • Although I did find myself occasionally cringing at the ignorance spouted by Jack Thompson and others at times, there were also some fair points made about our medium and its effects. The thing I most appreciate about the film though is how they highlighted the real problem with our ever-growing medium, and that’s the lack of involvement from parents.

    Speaking as a games advisor and salesperson, it’s always gratifying for me to see parents taking an active interest in what games their children are asking for and playing. I find it worrying when a parent walks into my store and purchases a mature title at the request of their child without at least taking the time to examine the game’s classification and whether it is suitable.

    Returning to the documentary, overall I think the film provides a fair and balanced view of the issue. I sincerely hope that more parents will see this and take the appropriate steps to properly manage their children’s access to games.

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