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And you thought children were never killed in videogames!

It seems to be an unspoken rule in videogames: Don't kill kids. Don't show them in any danger. Don't inflict any violence upon them. And just to be safe, if the game in question is gonna be M-rated, let's pretend that children don't even exist. You ever seen one in GTA?

Which is yet another reason to like Limbo, a puzzler due this summer for Xbox Live Arcade. In addition to being beautiful, mysterious and complex, it isn't afraid to put its little boy protagonist in fatal harm's way over and over. For example...


Above: Child about to buzzsawed into a billion child pieces


Above: Child about to be impaled by child-craving spider


Above: Child about to be incinerated by flaming, child-seeking rubber tire


Above: Child about to be crushed by intricately set child trap


Above: Child about to be served as food to a nest of hungry child insects


Above: Child about to notice already dead child and consequently abandon all childhood hopes, dreams and wishes

Seriously, though, why should game developers have to pretend that kids are invincible and immortal? If putting one in danger makes the game scarier, why should they be forced to shy away? Like film and literature, a game can be about children without being intended for children.

Here's the latest video of Limbo in action, including all of the creepy scenes above in disturbing motion. The images alone really don't do it justice, so I recommend you hit "Play" now.

May 12, 2010

19 comments

  • MaynardJ - May 17, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    I just saw another video where the kid actually passes the giant stone trap. He drags the corpse of a drowned kid up the hillside and throws the dead body on the rope that springs the trap. This would actually be sick if it were executed in a realistic fashion. This particular art style makes it bearable.
  • MaynardJ - May 17, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    I want this game so much. It looks like a pretty hardcore puzzle adventure, terrifying and endearing at the same time. On other games killing kids: I really wouldn't know *cough*Bioshock*ahem* in what other games that was possible.
  • Conman93 - May 13, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    This looks a bit like a boy and his blob...without the blob...or the colour. Forget I said anything!
  • Elemental - May 13, 2010 3:26 p.m.

    On the subject of Fallout 3- i myself haven't killed any kids, but i remember seeing one get his head blown off by a slaver at Paradise Falls. I did compliment him on a job well done!
  • speno93 - May 13, 2010 7:30 a.m.

    Limbo looks so beatiful and creepy at the same time, shows that what we create ourselves in our mind is mcuh more terifying than any monster that other game throws at us. should be pretty cool
  • nomnom52 - May 13, 2010 4:58 a.m.

    ...this article was very... interesting
  • Tenfey - May 13, 2010 4:41 a.m.

    I downloaded a mod for Fallout three that let you shoot the little piece of shit kids in that one town that I can't remember the name of. It was the greatest moment in a video game ever.
  • Vitoruss1 - May 13, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    "Mary was killed by a TIRE!" "What was she doing putting her face near tires?!" "Oh no, this tire came after Mary, this Tire HUNTED MARY DOWN." -Dane Cook
  • RebornKusabi - May 13, 2010 3:24 a.m.

    I do recall being able to murder children in Deus Ex, as well as being able to do this in Fallout 1 and 2. Doing this in Fallout though would have you become ostracized by most NPC's and have a moniker attached to your character because of your child murdering ways lol I do plan on playing this game regardless of content though because it looks incredibly engrossing and fairly unique as far as aesthetics is concerned.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 13, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    Reminds me of Heart of Darkness for PSone... *shudder*
  • Thantos410 - May 13, 2010 2:27 a.m.

    I remember shooting children in the head in Deus Ex.
  • MoChilla - May 13, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    When I saw this, I thought it was be an article about child deaths, like that game Heart of Darkness.
  • JamesT - May 13, 2010 1:16 a.m.

    When you describe being able to see dead children in a game as a plus it's time to get serious psychological help.
  • ChuckB - May 13, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    What is this? The Braid version of Silent Hill?
  • Cyberninja - May 12, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    heavy rain had alot of dead children
  • may.be.vital - May 12, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    Reminds me of Braid, an artsy puzzle game. It does look very beautiful, even with its monochrome.
  • Hexar - May 12, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    Remember when Fallout was good? When you could put live dynamite in the pockets of the children that stole from you? I'll you some credit for doing your best at getting people to click on the article, but come on, don't act like this is some sort of new thing.
  • johngrybos - May 12, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    I still have vivid memories of fireballing crowds of kids in Baldur's Gate.
  • ThatsWhatSheSaid - May 12, 2010 9:51 p.m.

    FINALLY!

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