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Violent Video Game Imagery

The gnome has a great blog; he just exudes personality. His latest post features some of the most distubingly gory imagery from video games, including Mystery of the Druids and Still Life. He makes an interesting point: while sexual content is strictly taboo, there seems to be no such aversion to violent imagery. Why should this be? Isn't violence categorically immoral? The same cannot be said for sex.

Comments on Violent Video Game Imagery
  Comment from Blogger gnome at Monday, June 26, 2006 5:15:00 AM
I do believe, that a certain German anti-platonist, post-Schopenhauer philosopher wouldn't have judged violence to be immoral. He would argue that violence (being a part of the dionysean side of humans) is liberating and -only- natural. :)

Still, he died crazy in a sanitarium. Oh, thanks very much for this post. And it's a great blog you've got here.


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