• brian-stephenson - August 17, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    This is a stupid misleading article, not a single game in this list is seemingly innocent. Pokemon is about a player capturing monsters against their will then forcing them to fight other monsters for entertainment so can't really call that the innocent one in the list. Now if you had something like Hello Kitty or some other kiddy style games that have bad messages then I can see the headline being true but listing a bunch of games with violence in them and labeling them as innocent is pretty idiotic.
  • MidianGTX - December 8, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    This comment is insultingly stupid. Pokemon IS seemingly innocent and your ridiculous definition is the very reason this article exists. There's nothing about the branding of the IP which hints at a sinister subtext.
  • Gamez - January 2, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    God of war is the most stupid game when it comes to morality. In many scenes there is no need of excessive violence the game design and the game play is superb(+1 for the engineering team ) but the story and the concept is just nonsense ( management is retarded...)
  • torre-sims - January 2, 2014 6:52 a.m.

    it's perfectly fine to use toddlers as a basis for a super soldier program, as long as it's to stop decent in a bloated governmental-HALO
  • germanga89 - February 27, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    They do deal with that matter as morally wrong, what are you ttaking about? The woman who did it is arrested, she makes fun of them because that's how they won the war, there is a lot of confrontation in halo 4 on the sibject, that's the whole point of 4, is the biggest step in dealing with Master's origin and humanity. And the woman who created the spartan program becomes the villain at the end.
  • Uggie - January 1, 2014 7:05 p.m.

    the batman one made me laugh my A off
  • Talvrae - May 26, 2014 5:32 p.m.

    Trought i have to point in Batman: AA most of the minions are not insane, theya re blackgate prisoners who where moved there after a fire...
  • JMarsella09 - March 21, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    Persona 3 & 4; There are no adverse effects to dating every girl you know as long as you manage you calendar correctly.
  • The_Ouroboros - April 13, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    Wait, isn't that true?
  • JMarsella09 - April 15, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    You really think that dating half the girls in your school, many of them friends with one another, won't result in them finding out and hating your guts?
  • The_Ouroboros - May 22, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    If only sarcasm was more easily conveyed via the internets... Or even italics around the 'true.'
  • JMarsella09 - May 23, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    Ah yes, I often face the same problem myself.
  • Kenshiro3 - April 2, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    How about the Megami Tensei series as a whole... It's a good Idea to make Deals with the Devil.
  • A1CxPlummer - March 20, 2013 6:54 p.m.

    Dishonored is wrong because you can go through the entire game without killing anyone if you choose. It's just more fun to kill.
  • rxb - March 20, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    Good work Hooters. Where the podcast?
  • ultimatepunchrod - March 20, 2013 6:08 a.m.

    I wonder how many times GR will use the Nathan Drake joke... also, I'm pretty sure the God of War bit is pretty on the surface. Not a lot of subtext there. In all seriousness, this was pretty funny.
  • avantguardian - March 19, 2013 11:31 p.m.

    total war series. history and geography can be educational AND cool! oh, by the way you're basically an armchair hitler.
  • Rok - March 19, 2013 10:51 p.m.

    Regarding the Uncharted series, where did the “mass-murdering” part come from? Isn't Nathan simply trying to survive? After all, those he shoots [are] murderous gangsters who started shooting at him with the full intention of killing him [and] his friends; you want him to not fight for his life? So, no, Nathan is not a mass-murderer, but yes, he [is] a grave-robber, an immoral thief. So why not just say that? Why add 'mass-murdering' to the mix? Do you see what I mean? I'm [not] trying to defend the series or Nathan; I actually agree that the message in the game is morally questionable, and that Nathan is a thief made to look really cool, handsome, lovely, funny, etc., but at the same time, I find the addition of “mass-murdering” a bit confusing, and actually makes the mind refuse the claim, and thus refuse the whole sentence. And maybe covert or dodgy agendas like Transhumanism are not considered “morally dubious” by everyone, but they are certainly very creepy and ominous to some people, and they certainly lead to morally dubious results with legalization after public acceptance or public desensitization toward them. So I'd personally add the Mass Effect series to that mix with a line like, “It is perfectly normal and logical to believe that the created can become more powerful than the creator and even rebel effectively against the creator (read: it is ok & logical to be a theophobic or God-hating atheist); and it is perfectly fine to not believe in the soul yet claim that artificial intelligence has a soul, has life, [is] life; and finally, it is the most beautiful thing ever to electromagnetically butcher human bodies and genetically mess with humans to turn them into half-machines, actually...that's just the inevitable ultimatum of evolution. As long as we stick the 'evolution', 'posthuman', and 'enhancement' labels on it, it is fine.” And, on the other hand, in defense of the article (if it is actually a serious one!), for the people who are asking, “Who said Saints Row / <insert any other game here> is an innocent game??”, of course 99% of the games out there are seemingly innocent, just as the author said, because they all hide behind a mask of humor, or fiction, or entertainment, and so on. I mean, come on, how many times have you heard the line, “'s just a game” from every airheaded gamer out there! Every game hides behind that mask of “It's just a game”, but it is never...“just” a game, or just a song, or just a movie, or whatever; it always shapes you somehow, teaches you something, inspires you of something. It is always a piece of culture, and it contributes to your own individual culture. And the more you play it (like Mass Effect serious or Call of Duty series), the more it contributes to your individual culture. Don't take my word for it; read up on the subconscious. Your subconscious is very, very bad at telling reality from fiction.
  • avantguardian - March 19, 2013 11:19 p.m.

    some serious generalizations going on in that last paragraph...
  • Rok - March 20, 2013 10:52 p.m.

    Specify and clarify, or save your breath. That goes for all criticism and everyone really.

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