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 questionis gonna be M-rated, let's pretend that children don't even exist. You ever seen one in GTA?

Which isyet another reasonto like Limbo, a puzzlerdue this summer for Xbox Live Arcade. In addition to being beautiful, mysterious and complex, it isn't afraid to put itslittle 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. Theimages alonereally don't do it justice, so I recommend you hit "Play" now.

May 12, 2010

Charlie Barratt
I enjoy sunshine, the company of kittens and turning frowns upside down. I am also a fan of sarcasm. Let's be friends!