Sex Worse than Violence? Seriously?

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Recently,, a site designed to help parents decide what their children should and shouldn’t play, held a poll asking what type of content in games parents find most offensive. As you can see, the poll results were very interesting. Two men kissing and a man and a woman having sex are apparently more offensive than a graphically severed human head? Apparently swearing doesn’t really matter, so f*** it, I won’t even go into that one.

Thank goodness, Martha, little Timmy is a convicted murder, but at least he didn’t turn out to be a young father or a homosexual… phew. I know it’s an exaggeration, but seriously?

Now, excuse for maybe looking a little too deeply into this, but I think I may be onto something. We all know that the world is becoming desensitized to violence, heck, we see it in the news every day. So then, not much explaining necessary. This brings me to sexual content, do parents find it more offensive or dangerous to their children’s future? Or is it that they realise that it may lead to their children enquiring about it, ultimately lending up in a discussion about “the birds and the bees”. Which no one is a fan of.

My point is that I sincerely hope that parents aren’t subconsciously voting and focusing on the content that involves them actually having to take responsibility and exert a bit of effort. A lot of parents treat videogames like a new age babysitter, just plonk the kid in front of the TV with a controller in his hand and the afternoon is sorted.

I ask you now though, with that in mind, would you prefer your child to walk in on the baby sitter doing the bedroom boogie with their partner, or have him walk in on him/her holding a severed head thats dripping blood onto a lifeless, headless, body?

I know which one would mess me up for life, that’s for sure. Comments from any readers who are parents will be appreciated.

Last Updated: April 16, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • I saw this a few days ago, it’s hysterical! 😀

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  • LazySAGamer

    This is really a sad thing in todays society.

    I personally don’t have an issues with either in games 😉 but I make sure I don’t play games with either in front of my kids or my nieces and nephews….

    I would personally prefer my kids to see something natural like sex long before dismemberment

  • LazySAGamer

    doobiwan gets a prize for figuring out the avatar first ;-)… Not sure what you get though….

    Now to figure out how to avoid the avatar floating over the lines on short comments….

  • bokka1

    I think this is part of the American culture and if a similar poll is taken in Europe it will have different results. The Yanks love their guns but are a bit promiscuous with sexuality.

  • Fox1

    testing gravatar… testing

  • Fox1


  • This is a very sad result. It’s no wonder kids are making war and not love these days.

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  • Naudran

    Yeah, I’m not to sure about today’s world. I don’t have kids myself, but whenever my niece & nephew are visiting and I’m playing any sort of violent game, I send them out of the room… that being said, I would do the same with any obvious sexual content.

    I just think some people don’t have there priorities straight.

    As for showing the avatar… wha??? 🙂

  • Hmm, why am I the only one who can’t see my new Avatar? 🙁

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  • Abe

    What about the fact that ingame a severed head might only be visible for a second or two but a sex scene would surely last a bit longer?

  • LazySAGamer

    lol it’s most probably cached the default, give it time…

  • I think it also has to do with the reality that not every kid is going to sever someone’s head, the opposite being true for sex. Every kid is someday going to have sex and it is more a reality for most households than violence – parents probably want to delay sexual experimentation and think that by limiting exposure they are buying some more time before Sally comes home with a bun in the oven. I guess it’s easier for a lot of parents to disassociate violent behaviour while it is more difficult with sex, a natural occurrence.

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  • Fox1

    Now i see my own gravatar. I just cleared private data in firefox and voila. Now that fox looks mischevious… hehehehe 😉

  • Banana hammock

    Gamer is 100% correct.

    I have a kid and i’d prefer if she watched violence than sex. It’s not a choice between the 2, kids are not all that interested with violence to begin with, but they are very interested in sex. So it doesn’t take much to push them into experimentation, but they are not going to go and cut someones head off because they saw it in a video game.

    But then the parents need to be in control, if your kid acts out everything they see on TV or in games then you have done something wrong as a parent.

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