Cannibalism in video games poorly received

By Derek Sooman on November 30, 2005, 8:00 PM
"F.E.A.R." and "Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse," were among the 12 "games to avoid" listed yesterday by the National Institute on Media and the Family, thanks to their graphic scenes of cannibalism. "Stubbs the Zombie" seemingly features a lead character that eats the brains of humans as blood splatters across the screen. Yum. "Doom 3," "Resident Evil 4" and "Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories" also made the list, as did "Blitz: The League", since it features scenes of football players hiring prostitutes and engaging in drug deals. Sounds like a fairly average computer game to me.

"It's something we've never seen before," said institute president David Walsh, warning that today's games are "more extreme" and more easily available to underage kids than ever before.

"It's just the worst kind of message to kids," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., who joined institute officials at a press conference announcing the group's 10th annual video game report card. "They can be dangerous to your children's health."

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