Nathan (vovat) wrote,

Sprite-on-Sprite Violence

bethje and I watched the Bullshit! episode on video game violence, which was pretty good. I think it was fairly early on that they brought up the quite convincing argument that violent video games are so ubiquitous these days that pointing out that a school shooter enjoyed them means about as much as saying he liked ice cream. (That wasn't their example, but it was along those lines.) Another point was that kids learn early on to separate fantasy from reality, which I would also consider a valid argument against the fundamentalist fear that kids who read Harry Potter or play Dungeons & Dragons will start casting magic spells for real. I can't say I've ever been too big on the ultra-violent video games myself, even though I can see their appeal. I think I look for much the same thing in games that I do in books, which means I prefer the ones with good stories, and preferably a sense of humor as well.

Speaking of video game violence, I have to say I like the idea that Jared Davis proposed on Twitter of a Super Smash Bros. sort of a game starring Oz characters. It might be a little difficult to come up with a reason why Oz characters would want to fight each other (the Oz books aren't free from violence, but they aren't exactly known for epic battles, especially between the good guys), but then, I remember hearing that the first Super Smash Bros. said something about the various Nintendo characters actually being toys, hence avoiding the issue of why, say, Mario would want to beat up on Link. I don't know whether this idea carried over into Melee or Brawl, though. I haven't played any of those games, and I consider it a hole in my life. Anyway, though, I could see a lot of the Oz characters working well as brawlers: the Tin Woodman with his axe, the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger, the Wizard of Oz with his Black Bag, the Tin Soldier with his sword, the Woozy with his fiery eyes, Reera the Red with her transformational powers, etc. The Scarecrow might have to sit this one out, though. And while I'd like for Dorothy to be a part of it, I'm not sure how the censors would take to a little girl engaging in street fighting, even if she DOES have a Magic Belt. Besides, if they included Dorothy fighting Wicked Witches, it might lead impressionable youths to start throwing water at old ladies.
Tags: issues, oz, television, video games

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