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Quotes: Video Game Cruelty Potential
You can show your neighbors you love them
Or just beat the dogshit out of them
The most useful part of sneaking is undoubtedly the 'stealth throw'. While firing a missile weapon or attacking in melee will get you noticed immediately, throwing things at people will not. Stock up on dead enemies' weapons, clothing and severed body parts and you can pretend you're some gruesome comedy version of Sam Fisher. You know you want to.
— The Dwarf Fortress wiki, on Adventure Mode.

Brian: What are you playing?
Tim: Tomb Raider 3.
Brian: She's drowning.
Tim: Yeah.
Brian: Is that the point of the game?
Tim: It depends what mood you're in really.
Brian: What sort of mood are you in then?
Tim: Well, I got a letter from my girlfriend this morning three months too late explaining why she dumped me. It was full of "You'll always be special" and "I'll always love you" platitudes designed to make me feel better while simultaneously appeasing her deep-seated sense of guilt for running off with a slimy little city boy named Duane and destroying my faith in everything in the world that is good and pure.
Brian: So it didn't really work then.
Tim: No, it made me want to drown things!

"As a Pyro, you can often set enemies on fire and retreat, leaving them to die from the burning."
Team Fortress 2 Player Tip

Jon: I think Conan's feelin' real baaaad today! "Attack"!
Conan decides not to attack the merchant
Jon: Conan also decided to file his taxes quarterly to avoid overages and remain cash-solvent. What is this, "Conan decided not to attack the merchant"?! GET OUTTA HERE, I'M CONAN! I'm a BARBARIAN! It's in the TITLE! IT'S INNA TITLE!!
Jon Tron plays Conan the Barbarian for DOS

You are in a verdant forest. All around you are the sounds of small animals rustling in the bushes, creating an orchestra of ambient, peaceful sounds. The gentle morning sun turns the dew into a soft steam rising from the blades of grass. A young doe eyes you warily in the distance but, sensing your kindness, slowly approaches. All is as it should be.
>kill deer
>murder the shit out of deer
You slaughter the deer in the most horrible fashion you can think of, for absolutely no reason. The gentle silence is broken by painful screams and the misty grass is tinged red with blood. You are soaked in its entrails.
Wow. There is something really wrong with you.

Switch up your protagonist as much as you like, they're still controlled by a player; an entity as ethically restrained as Joseph Stalin playing with his bath toys.
Yahtzee on Prototype 2 trying to give a tragic backstory to a controllable monster.

"It seems when you place most people in the position of a god and give them responsibility over many tiny lesser beings, then their attitude towards them is usually less about beloved children and more about target practice."
Yahtzee on SimCity Society.

[Saints Row 2] is fully aware that most gamers are dickheads and if you give them any kind of freedom, their first instinct will be to abuse it. If you give them guns, they will shoot old ladies. If you give them cars, they will run over old ladies. If you give them aircraft, they will ascend to the highest possible heights and hurl themselves out onto an old lady. And if you give them customizable outfits, their first instinct will be to take off their clothes and run around the streets hip thrusting in the faces of old ladies.

Dwarf Fortress: where the Geneva Convention screams out in pain.
— Bay12 forums poster Oliolli

"The reason anyone goes for master rank Dark Magic in Might and Magic 6 or 7? One word: Armageddon. Hell, that's the only reason I use dark magic in those games anymore."

These types of items can be used to destroy objects or even other summoned items (e.g., a club can be used to hit an animal; steak can be attached to a baby to attract lions; rockets can be lobbed at a man)

Every scientist dreams of a world without ethics. Whenever a scientist sees a set of twins, he or she secretly wonders what would happen if you surgically swapped their faces. They already have a chamber set up to harness the power of their screams as they gradually realize what has happened. Every day, ethics barely prevent experiments like this from being carried out.
But what if we didnít have these ethics? When Nazi doctors were let loose during WWII, the incredible rate of their discoveries were matched only by the inadequacy of words to atone for them. They might have been monsters, but without them, we never would have discovered the yield elasticity of the elderly, or learned what part of a prisonerís tongue detects the taste of angel meat.
The Sims 3 is a computer game based on these Nazi scientists that offers us a world of moral ambiguity, free to perform psychological experiments away from the leering eye of ethics. Which is exactly what I did. Here are the results of my findings.
Think about it! How many times have we enslaved and killed our own people just because we couldn't wait few more turns for something to finish building on it's own? How many times do we declare war, kill, conquer and vassalize(lol) in the name of some arbitrary victory ? How often do we run a communist economy !!!!!

Montezuma and Shaka are angels compared to us!

I got a feeling civ games sometimes bring out the worst in us.
Shirastro of Civilization Fanatics

"During winter, it pleads you not to cut off its fur with big, watery eyes. You do it anyway... because that's how you roll. You Monster!."
— in-game description of Woolies in Rune Factory 4

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