Of all the 'big questions' we've run on Kotaku, this one might be the biggest. Are video games too violent?
To me this question has two main components. The first is the idea that games are too violent and it affects as human beings. The second is that video games are too violent and it affects the quality of the games themselves.
The first? Well the jury is out on that one, but I'm going to say that if games have the power to impact us positively (and I think they do) then it follows that games have the power to affect us negatively. Now I don't think that violent video games make us violent, but I do wonder if they might have some sort of other effect.
As for how it affects the games themselves? Well, I think it's a problem in some games for sure. The sustained violence in BioShock Infinite, I thought, was a completely negative thing — that and the combat itself killed the game for me. The Last of Us? I still think it's an incredible game on almost every possible level, but I really wish Naughty Dog had shown a little more trust and courage in its story. I think that game probably needed at least 80% less killing of other human beings. That's just my opinion.