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"Disemboweler IV, the game where condemned criminals dig at each other with rusty hooks."
Bart Simpson, The Simpsons

Fictional video games on TV tend to be disgusting, ultraviolent messes of blood, guts, and severed limbs as the hypnotized player kills everything that moves, and more than a few things that don't. Many games are about killing everything, of course, but with some style.

Also, the names for these types of video games on TV tend to be rather unimaginative and generic with names such as "ACTION KILLTACULAR DEATHMOWER 5000" or simply "The Decimator", when in real life, they're often much shorter, punchier, sophisticated, and clever, like Doom, Half-Life, Halo, and Quake. In fact, even some of the most controversial games have simple titles, such as Postal. Granted, some ultraviolent Real Life games are named like the trope, but not all. What little frequency there is of such naming, will probably continue to decrease as 1) games try to become taken more seriously in general as a medium, and 2) controversy over the more violent and realistic (or just close-to-home) games continues to mount.

Often just used for name-dropping as a gag. If such a game is shown, it can be an example of Pac-Man Fever (another case of producers not getting it) and/or bear a surprising resemblance to a well-known game.

In a Crime and Punishment Series, these can cause innocent victims to act out the events, possibly including An Aesop about why video games are horrible and teenagers should be watching responsible adults shoot each other on TV instead.

Sometimes the corruption comes not from the violent games, but from the very influence of computers themselves — from the Internet. This is because meddling executives and Moral Guardians on TBN and elsewhere, worrying about the time you spend away from your TV, want to convince you that New Media Are Evil. Very often, if the game is portrayed in a negative light, it can be a case of Do Not Do This Cool Thing for any actual gamers in the audience.

Also, possibly due to Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto, Doom, and Manhunt, virtually every example of this will be a Fighting Game, a Grand Theft Auto clone, or a ridiculously gory shooter of some irrational kind. Occasionally it will be all three at once, with a subtitle declaring "It's For Everyone!".

This is when a game has an overly elaborate and violent title. When a real-world game's content includes over-the-top violence, regardless of its title, that's an example of Rated M for Money and Exploitation Film. Not to be confused with Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death, although the name is an example of it. See also Murder Simulators. Contrasts with Ultra Super Happy Cute Baby Fest Farmer 3000, where the game is a really kiddy game.


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  • Parodied in the Sonic Mania Plus infomercial, a remake of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog informercial. Here, a salesman is trying to sell a shooter game called Finger GunZ, where you shoot with literal finger guns, and the customer chooses Sonic Mania Plus over that game much to the saleman's dismay.
  • This 2009 ad for Coca-Cola, titled simply "Video Game", takes place in a Grand Theft Auto-like open-world crime game where a man is going on a rampage, only to drink a bottle of Coke while robbing a convenience store, which turns him into a law-abiding citizen who helps the needy and stops other criminals.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Mamimi from FLCL spends half the second episode playing Fire Starter, a handheld video game with the objective of "burn down a demon-infested city while dodging the cops". In the manga, the point of the game is to simply burn down the city so it doesn't expand and devour the Earth. She spends another quarter hanging out with Naota, and the last quarter starting fires. But being Mamimi, she's incredibly whacked anyway, so the game's probably not really to blame.
  • A running gag in Minami-ke is a bad Soap Opera called Sensei and Ninomiya-Kun. The two youngest daughters own a copy of the show's video game which runs the gamut from fighter games to platforming to zombie survival horror (complete with co-op) leading to many deaths of Ninomiya-Kun.
  • Outlaw Star has an episode where Aisha is playing some kind of high-speed combat Dating Sim.
  • Subverted in Paranoia Agent. The detectives are interviewing the suspect for the Shounen Bat assaults. The boy seems convinced that he is living in the world of an RPG he played, and all the people he assaulted were, to him, the enemies controlled by the Big Bad that needed to be cleansed with his magical, holy sword. In the end it turns out that the kid wasn't the real Shounen Bat, he was just an attention seeker.
  • Subverted in Pure Trance: some of the games that are mentioned are "Connect the Bowels" (kind of appropriate since most of the characters are nurses), "Throw The Baby Around", and "Real Fight", a fighting game that uses "ordinary things like scissors and razors as weapons (not for children)".
  • Interestingly, Serial Experiments Lain did something like that. In one of the early chapters of the series, there are several teenagers stuck in an online shooter called Phantoma without even being logged on to their computers, and confusing random people with enemy NPCs as a result. One of them commits suicide, while the other one murders a little girl. This was obviously intentional, given how one of the main themes of the series was the ever-growing disconnect with reality that most Wired developed. It's not about the violence, it's more about the reality itself and its perception. What's more, the "real world" is not all that real either.

    Comic Books 
  • Although a gamer from the old generation, Lewis Trondheim suggested such videogames in his stories: Danger Trash III, Deathfighter III, Maximum Blood XVI or Excreminator.
  • Superman Vol 2 #146 revolved around a board game called King's Feud, which had been reinvented as a video game called King's Blood Feud of Death. Supes is not impressed.

    Comic Strips 
  • An early Sunday Strip of Bloom County had children playing an Arcade Game titled Space Carnage. A Grumpy Old Woman heckles them, complaining that they ought to be playing checkers rather than "perfectly dreadful, immoral machines," only to be vaporized by a blast from the game cabinet.
  • FoxTrot:
    • The comic strip likes this one, with titles like Doomathon 2000 and Mortal Karnage II. The latter, according to Jason, features "17 levels of escalating bloodletting, digitally sampled screams and splatters and, of course, the new and improved decapitation round."
    • The strip sometimes uses the names of real games — for example, Carmageddon, which is an actual game.
    • Sometimes the names of Jason's games combine the names of two violent real games; in one series of strips, he was playing something called Duke Quakum, and in one strip, Paige complained that he was playing Primal Instinct. Not because she thought it was too violent, but because he was hogging it, and she wanted to play.
    • Not to mention World of Warquest, and Jason's rather extreme addiction thereof. However, all of this could be an Affectionate Parody as Bill Amend, the creator, is quite the avid World of Warcraft player as well.
    • It then brilliantly subverts it by introducing Nice City, a game where the player just hangs out not killing anything at all. Literally. Peter has to reset after stepping on an ant.

    Fan Works 
  • Adventures in Dimension Hopping has Super Mega-Death Massacre III.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim: In the third chapter of the non-canon New Adventures: Mature Edition, Gaz enters an online competition to win a rare demo copy of a game called Gore of War 3: The Bloodening, which was scrapped during development for being too over-the-top violent.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the Swedish So Bad, It's Good 1997 crime/detective movie Beck - Spår i mörker, a gang of teenagers who live in the underground tunnels beneath Stockholm run around armed with swords and knives and decapitate random people on subway platforms and trains at night. It's quickly revealed that they do it to get the most frags, and that they are inspired by the game Final Doom.note  In the end, the gang's underground hideout is raided by the police, and you clearly see the game Marathon on their computer screens.
  • Mike Teevee's updated "sin" in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is having a passion for violent video games, though the Oompa Loompas still sing about watching TV too much when Mike meets his fate.
  • Clockers has Gangster, which appears to be some kind of proto-GTA played via VR helmet and supposedly made by Sega.
  • Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood has a scene where a bunch of racist Rabid Cops are playing Rodney's Ride, an arcade game based on the Rodney King incident in which you play as one of four police officers beating King with nightsticks.
  • Subverted in Elephant (2003), where Alex and Eric, preparing for the school shooting they're about to commit, are seen playing an FPS game called Gerrycount (a Shout-Out to Gus Van Sant's previous film Gerry) that is about as stripped-down as could possibly be, consisting entirely of the player wandering across an empty void shooting avatars of Matt Damon and Casey Affleck who keel over in a horribly canned animation. It feels like a parody of the idea that violent video games make people violent, as the game in question is so dull and plain that one can't possibly imagine anyone getting any excitement or aggressive urges out of it.
  • Gamer:
    • The mind-control game central to the plot is called Slayers. This is an especially extreme version, as the game's players aren't controlling virtual avatars but real people (specifically, death row inmates promised a shot at freedom if they participate) who are killed in an enclosed free-for-all warzone.
    • Before he created Slayers, the film's villain Ken Castle created the "ultimate sim environment" Society, a game more reminiscent of The Sims or Second Life with a similar premise of players controlling real people, albeit with less violence and more sex. It has become "the number-one guilty pleasure of billions" and made Castle the richest man in the world.
  • In Grandma's Boy, the video game in development is Eternal Death Slayer 3.
  • The video game that Lenny's kids play at the beginning of Grown Ups involves slaughtering people on a cruise ship with assault rifles and chainsaws. You also get bonus points for pushing old ladies off the ship. Lenny isn't impressed, and tries to get them to play Chutes & Ladders instead, to which they ask if the prize for winning that game is a training bra.
  • I'm Not Ashamed, a biopic of Columbine victim Rachel Scott, has a scene where the future shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are playing a violent FPS game on their PlayStation. It's portrayed as their Start of Darkness, with Dylan remarking "now, if only this was Columbine" and Eric responding "maybe it could be." It should be noted that the game has excellent graphics for a PS1 game in the late '90s, and that both Eric and Dylan are holding controllers even though what's shown on the screen is single-player.
  • In Inside Man, the leading bank robber sees one of the hostages, an African-American boy, playing a GTA-like game of plotless violence with racial overtones on his PlayStation Portable. He's not happy. It should also be noted that the graphics on the game are pretty good for a PSP.
  • In Mars Attacks!, a bus driver catches her sons cutting school to play a shoot-em-up arcade lightgun game, stops the bus, hauls them in, and yells at them, whereupon the passengers (who are all middle-aged women) clap. Later, though, it turns out that playing those games taught them how to shoot, and they mow down several alien invaders with their own laser guns.
  • Zabulon's prophetic video game in Night Watch is a pretty gory example, involving, among other things, people pulling out their own spines like katanas and hitting people with them.
  • In Ride Along, Ben is a fan of an ultraviolent Modern Warfare clone whose online multiplayer is composed of players of varying degrees of maturity, with gamertags like Assface and Ballsdeep. Ben's own gamertag is BlackHammer. The fact that his knowledge of guns comes entirely from video games bites him in the ass when his girlfriend's cop brother James takes him to a shooting range as part of a police ride-along, where it turns out that being a top-level FPS gamer does not mean that one knows how to fire a shotgun loaded with magnum shells. Though his knowledge of the exotic military weaponry featured in the game does come in handy for tracking down Omar. Also, Assface warns Ben and James when he hears Omar's goons break into Ben's home over his Xbox Live headset. In the sequel, he's moved on to a game more reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto, in which he wrecks a Lamborghini in a police chase and gets killed by an old lady he tried to carjack.
  • In the Robin Williams film Toys, the General Ripper antagonist sees children playing violent games at an arcade and has the bright idea to use the children to fight wars by remote control, in the style of Ender's Game.
    General: What happens when you hit the UN trucks?note 
    Kid: You lose points.
    General: That's ridiculous. [blows up every vehicle on screen, UN trucks included]

  • Dave Barry:
    • Dave Barry's Money Secrets includes a passing reference to Death Killer of Fatal Murdering II: The Slaying.
    • His column "Silent Night, Holy %*&?c" features a cartoon of a boy asking Santa for a "Nintendo Super Android Mario Mutant Amazon Slime Leech from Hell(TM)."
  • In Harry Potter, Dudley Dursley is fond of "blowing up aliens on his computer." He had a PlayStation game called Mega Mutilation Part Three in The Goblet of Fire, but he destroyed the PlayStation by throwing it out of a window in a tantrum. (Goblet of Fire is set in 1994, before the system was even released anywhere (including Japan). J. K. Rowling admitted she didn't check her facts.) Before her editor suggested using the PlayStation, Rowling was going to use an SNES.
  • In the Pilgrennon's Children novel The Emerald Forge, Dana and Eric play Pillage and Burn III, where you loot villages and use what you find to make better weapons.

    Live-Action TV 
  • CSI: Miami went to town with the trope. A not-GTA-honest game was essentially a nonstop synaesthetic rollercoaster of violence, robbery, murder, and rape (though only on bonus rounds), causing easily influenced youngsters to mimic these acts point-by-point while shouting "9000 points, bitch!" The protagonists got lines like "It'll all be very real soon" and "So he played <dramatic pause> to death." (YEEEAAAAHHHH!!!) Also notable for gamers giving their nicks as their names in interrogations, total ignorance of sites like GameFAQs... you get the picture.
    • The game in the episode also had no save feature - first-person and third-person shooters made for the PC in the late 2000s have been increasingly ditching real save/load functions in favor of a checkpoint system. This was likely to keep them as similar as possible to their console ports; it IS worth noting that consoles of the era were moving or had moved towards internal hard drive storage, making this example seem ridiculous, but not for the reasons you'd think.
    • Unlike most examples of this trope, the crimes are not really blamed on the game itself, but on the suspects, who are portrayed as people who have trouble separating the game and reality, or simply don't care about the difference. The game is distasteful, and the guy who made it is obstructive because he wants to protect his company, but that's about it. They even portray an obsessive player who poopsocks himself to death, and it's clearly his own fault, not the game.
    • Even so, World of Warcraft placed a Take That! to the show in its recent Cataclysm expansion: an NPC called "Horatio Laine" is investigating a murder in Westfall, and another NPC calls him the dirtiest cop he's ever known.
    • Computer game CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder had an "episode" where a fictional video game, Gut Wrench 3, was central to the plot. And yes, said fictional game was a FPS, was that bloody, and yes, the murder imitated the game's poster. Although in a subversion, the murder had nothing to do with the nature of the game; the killer's real motive was their boss cheating one of his employees out of their promised bonus. The resemblance to the poster was there to draw suspicion away.
  • Served as an important plot point in The District episode "Something Borrowed, Something Bruised." Complete with flashes to and from reality and screams of "It was only a game!" The goal of the game is to beat an unarmed bystander to death.
  • The George Lopez Show subverts this in one episode. Max mentions playing a Grand Theft Auto rip-off, and Angie and George don't want him playing it. George then says that he doesn't want Max playing it because he doesn't want Max to beat his high score.
  • In Kamen Rider Ryuki, Shibaura Jun (Kamen Rider Gai) creates a fighting game that gradually makes the players so obsessed with the game that they start re-enacting it in live-action, to the death.
  • Killer Instinct (no relation to the Fighting Game of the same name) had the episode "Game Over". It constantly used the phrase "murder simulator" and went downhill from there. The game in question was a Grand Theft Auto clone called Murder One: San Francisco.
  • Law & Order did an episode where a character kills someone because the game "made him crazy". The game was actually called Blood, which is the name of a real shooter; this one, however, was described as basically killing random people for no discernible reason and was supposedly of Halo-like fame. Also if memory serves, the killer wrote a Fan Fic about his gameplay experience using... wildly inaccurate slang, and describing what can only be called the deformed offspring of Quake and Pac-Man. "9000 points bitch!" indeed.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
    • There's a subversion in one episode. A boy obsessed with a console RPG was suspected of killing another child, and the game itself was held responsible when evidence found at the scene was heavily reminiscent of the events and setting of the story. However, after playing through the entire game the detectives realized that he was imitating the game's "rescue the princess" storyline, and had actually tried to help the child by replicating the actions that restored the princess. There was a later episode with a straight version of the trope with a GTA clone, but "the game made them do it" was the defense and the prosecution quickly set to tearing that defense apart. Another episode revolved around a clone Second Life, where the rapist used the game to track down his victim. However, the detectives turn the tables and use the game itself to find the necessary evidence to convict the felon.
    • Happens in the infamous "Intimidation Game" episode, featuring a Call of Duty-esque game called "Kill Or Be Slaughtered", the logo of which the episode's delusional villains (who behave like a straight-up terrorist cell) adopt while also stealing tactics from the game itself, with the ringleader even proclaiming that shooting a gun in real life is exactly like shooting in a video game.
  • Parodied (like everything else was) in The Middleman which has the ultra-rare, super violent video game, Gut Wrencher 1, described as "the goriest side-scroller in history, banned in 17 countries, the only video game to be denounced by both Tipper Gore and the Dalai Lama". And this was the arcade version, which has "4 levels of sheer carnage" which the set-top version did not have. It's the game that leads to Wendy and Tyler's first hookup.
  • Pingu, resident Butt-Monkey of Nathan Barley, plays a horror first person shooter game when not managing Nathan's site and gets drawn in to the point of oblivion so that Nathan is able to pull mean pranks on him on a regular basis.
  • NCIS:
    • Averted, where at least two of the protagonists are gamers themselves. One case is solved because one of them has played GTA 3, thus knowing which real-life car a teenager referred to when he named the in-game equivalent.
    • There's an episode where two navy crewmen who played an MMORPG 'Immortals', a fairly transparent World of Warcraft parody, ended up dueling with swords, and one of them kills himself out of disillusionment with the game. Early eps of the series seem to have a Nerd Culture Is Evil Vibe going. Makes you wonder why they bother doing all this investigative stuff when they could just walk in and arrest the guy with the biggest knowledge of sci-fi/comic books.
    • Played straight with regards to the game Fear Tower 3, which involves shooting zombies in the head to kill them... and then shooting the brains that crawl out of the bullet holes to kill them. And apparently it's on 30 million computers. The same episode had a flagrant version of digitized Gretzky Has the Ball when McGee claimed a character held the highest scores in multiple MMORPGs... which generally don't have scoring systems. Unless one counts player-versus-player rankings.
  • And while still on the social MMO topic, NUMB3RS actually avoided this trope when they did an Alternate Reality Game with a video game component that stuck to fairly standard fantasy violence. And they ran the game in the show as an actual Alternate Reality Game. And the show wasn't an Author Tract about video game violence. And on the whole it was pretty cool.
  • Avoided in The Office (US) season 3, when the members of Jim's new office play Call of Duty as an office team activity. The developers themselves were impressed by the hilarious Noob mistakes Jim was making.
    Josh:"You don't snipe in Carentan, ok?!"
  • The German show Polizeiruf 110 has Killman 4, which consists (based on the in-game sounds heard in the episode) of air raid alarms and shooting children as a child soldier. Yeah.
  • Rizzoli & Isles gives us "Virtual Love", wherein a man is murdered with a Viking spear engraved with the name of his character in the game "Vikings of the Realm" on it. Apparently their characters go to LAN parties in full Viking regalia, complete with real weapons (one of which the Killer of the Week uses to kill another victim).
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation had an episode featuring a 24th Century version of such a game used as part of an attempt to take over the minds of the crew and thus the Enterprise as a whole. Data and Wesley successfully resisted the "lure" of the game, the latter resorting to what can only be described as video-game inspired tricks to lead the mind-controlled members of the crew on a merry chase through the rest of the ship while Data worked on an antidote for the addictive qualities of the game. And then he got to kiss Ashley Judd. This is a bit of a subversion, as the game itself was entirely non-violent, and consisted of herding red discs into funnels. Indeed, the game is described as "practically playing itself"; if you try to not win, it makes you win anyway. The episode suggests that the game's rewards are literally orgasmic.
  • In an episode of the CBBC series Stupid! one character is playing a game called Killing People 3.
  • An episode of TekWar: The Series featured a Tek video game where the point is to kill cops. The game was designed to convince the players that they were still in the game even after they stopped playing, causing them to kill cops in real life.
  • The laughable Touched by an Angel episode entitled "Virtual Reality", where a good student immediately turns bad after his cousin introduces him to "Car Jack 2000: Millennium Mayhem". Pac-Man Fever abounds, particularly when the game shouts out "2000 points" every time someone is run over, as well having an evil CG monk lead the characters in a prayer to the video game.
  • Referenced in Two and a Half Men where Jake and Kandi are playing an unnamed violent video game. Alan walks in and remarks, "My word, this game is violent." To which Kandi replies, "It has to be. You can't negotiate with zombies!" Touche.
  • The X-Files did this one too, with its usual flair, in the episode "First-Person Shooter. A virtual reality game is killing its players, so our heroes get called in. Scully got to act as the voice of disapproval, while Mulder and the Lone Gunmen were "reduced... back to moony adolescence." Interestingly, this episode was co-written by William Gibson, one of the people with a claim to inventing Cyberpunk. The episode also had Scully getting armed to the teeth and having a shootout with the program, alongside a notable This Loser Is You moment aimed at geeks with "world-renowned hacker" Darryl Musashi getting ridiculously distracted by the AI's avatar modelled on a hot stripper.
  • X-Play has Johnny X-treme's X-treme Adventure, a game that will PUNCH YOUR BALLS OFF TO THE MAX! This is a TV show about video games, so this one is entirely tongue-in-cheek.

  • In C Is For Lettuce:
    Just look at this atrocity! There's hoodlums, thugs, and skanks / And chronic-tokin' gangstas running hookers down with tanks / There's nudity and blood and guts and chainsaws cutting people / And that's just in the new updated 3-D Tetris sequel!
  • The video for 50 Cent's "Heat" has two guys playing a GTA-style game where the Player Character is a CIA agent who's been assigned to assassinate prominent inner-city activists and cultural leaders (including Fiddy at the end) across Las Vegas, Hollywood, and New York. Among the highlights are being able to bribe the cops to give you guns and turn a blind eye to your crimes, as well as a Gangland Drive-By with a flamethrower. One of the guys is implied to have started seeing the world as a video game after playing it for too long, to the point where he's thinking about murdering his friend, though it's left up in the air whether or not he goes through with it.

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    Video Games 
NB: Those examples are when the Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000 is mentioned In-Universe. Real examples of video games with ultra-violent names have been moved to the Real Life folder.
  • Bladehunt: Deathspank 2: The Revenge. It was later defictionalized as DeathSpank .
  • Thanks to the metafictional narrative around BLOODCRUSHER II, the game is both a fictional example and an actual game!
  • Super Turbo Turkey Puncher from Doom³.
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    • Surprisingly given its reputation, the series inverts this trope more often than not. Fictional video/arcade games advertised or available for play within some GTA games are far less menacing, cross a wide spectrum of genres, and may even pass as kid-friendly, though sexual jokes are aplenty and their presence is more for homage or parody. The Degenatron, first seen in Vice City, is a pastiche of the Atari 2600 with graphics consisting of squares and dots of various colors, its games including parodies of Defender, Pitfall!, and Tempest. The EXsorbeo, first seen in San Andreas, is a phallic-shaped Fictional Counterpart of the Game Boy with most of the games named after sexual slang. QUB3D, "The Puzzle Game That You've Played Before", is an obvious in-universe counterpart to Tetris and Puyo Puyo. GTA Online introduced the ability to purchase and run a video arcade, with many of the aforementioned games appearing along with various other retro-styled arcade games based on classics like OutRun, Golden Axe, Gradius, Mad Dog McCree, and Metal Slug (the last of which has an Excuse Plot about the US invading other countries for their oil).
    • Though it's less a commentary on violence and more of a parody of early 2010s modern military shooters like Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto V does have a parody of this sort of game with Righteous Slaughter 7, the Modern Warfare-meets-Postal First-Person Shooter that Jimmy is seen playing in his room, which is packed with every stereotype about violent FPS games — and their fans — rolled into one. Weapons include syringes filled with VDs (which earn the player an "Infected!" bonus) and a "Shit Stick 3000" (a literal shit on a stick) alongside the usual Standard FPS Guns, the player is able to literally violate his opponent's corpse after killing him (complete with a sexophone playing when you do it), the tips on the Loading Screen tell players that insulting other players' sexuality is an effective tactic and that you should shoot anyone who has a foreign accent, and never is less than a quarter of the screen painted red with blood. The game's website (viewable on the in-game internet) and advertisements take the parody further, making fun of the Cash-Cow Franchise nature of the Call of Duty games. Jimmy himself hasn't been turned into a psychopath by it, though that's not to say that his actual behavior is a whole lot better.
    • GTA V also has advertisements on the radio for Pride Not Prejudice, a Deep South-themed video game that (going by the ads) is utterly draped in neo-Confederate apologia, in a parody of the perceived right-wing tilt of many shooters. Unlike Righteous Slaughter 7, we don't get to see this game in action, though judging from the description from two separate radio commercials, it's an FPS, and it parodied Grand Theft Auto itself (Hilarious in Hindsight when the remastered GTA V turns out to have a first-person mode), among other things.
  • Kagetsu Tohya has Bloody Royale 3 (or BR3 for short!), which seems to be Rival Schools with guns.
  • In The Sims 3, the description for the GUGA JoyToy 3 video game console lets you know that it comes with all manner of games that "all ages can enjoy", such as DeathSaga, GoreWar, and the award-winning Blood Buckets 7. As an added bonus, it also comes with a built-in credit card slot. (A bit rich coming from an EA game, that last one.)
  • Super Viking Shark Panch Corpse Ride Mega Extreme 9000 lampshades this trope by name, despite being of the rhythm genre. It involves punching sharks in the mouth while riding a corpse to the beat of music.
  • One news report in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines involves a "Senator Limperman" railing against violent video games such as Rape and Pillage and Abe Lincoln Teaches Killing. (He's also upset about a crude Take That! directed at him in another unnamed game, presumably this one; the game can get somewhat meta at times.)

    Web Animation 
  • "Gears of Halo Theft Auto 5!" It's described as a game where the player commits horrible crimes and is full of so much explicit content that the ESRB had to make a new rating for it. It's also mentioned as being banned in 43 different countries even though it hasn't been released.
  • Japanoschlampen:
  • Quite a few on this 1-UP Whiteboard episode discussing the lessons video games teach us, besides the fear mongering from politicians.
  • Counter-Strike: Extreme Gore Edition! Not your dad's kind of game!" Especially hilarious when it may come bundled with the Ultra Super Happy Cute Baby Fest Farmer 3000 version of the game. "CS for kids? More like CS FOR PUSSIES!"
  • Strong Bad Email:
    • One email throws a few gag titles up: Blood Bleeder, Head Chopper II, Scab Wars, and Blistergeist. There is the strong suggestion that these games would be really fun to play. It also pokes fun at the Moral Guardians' alternative, because Homestar can only play Clapping Party: no, it's not like DDR, it's just clapping... This is, of course, a one shot joke, and most of the games that Strong Bad plays and enjoys aren't evil whatsoever, varying between Sundae Drivin' and Thy Dungeonman, which is also a real game playable on the site.
    • In another email, he mentions a preference for R-rated movies, apparently independent of factors such as "quality" and "not a waste of moneyosity". So it may not be a statement of the entertainment value of the games (except insofar as even E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial would be an improvement over what Homestar's allowed to play), so much as another one of those factors that blurs exactly how old these characters are (when's the last time you automatically equated violence with quality? Probably when you were eight).

  • Played for Laughs in Freefall: Sam wants to use the ship's computer to play a game called Quake Nukem, Doomed Heretic in Castle Wolfenstein 3D.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court plays this one for laughs on this page, where Antimony's first (and judging by her horrified reaction, last) exposure to video games is one of the Grand Theft Auto titles. (Though Word of Tom clarifies that Annie did give video games another chance after that. She was impressed with Shadow of the Colossus, as was Renard.)
  • In the Jack arc "Two for You", the character Evan mentions a game entitled "Killing Killers and the Killers Who Kill Them" (a play on the book title "Lying Liars and the Liars Who Tell Them").
  • Occasionally mentioned in Kevin & Kell. However, this being a world that runs on Carnivore Confusion, the games are probably not that violent by their standards.
  • In Tower of God, when Repelista Jahad is shown playing a new computer game at the beginning of the "Hell Train" arc, what's seen of it is a Multi-Armed and Dangerous guy slaughtering people with four axes until achieving "TOTAL KILL".
  • A User Friendly strip during the Hot Coffee scandal (where it was revealed you could hack GTA: San Andreas to unlock a minigame where you had consensual sex with a woman after a long courtship, outraging moral guardians somehow) listed a number of these games as healthy entertainment, then condemned a title named Boobies as morally corrupt.

    Web Original 
  • The Onion: "Hot New Video Game Consists Solely of Shooting People Point-Blank in the Face." And they actually made the game.
  • Player Two Start, an Alternate History story about a different development of gaming in The '90s thanks to Sony and Nintendo's plans for the SNES CD-ROM never falling apart, has a couple of examples.
    • One of the first big butterflies from the Point of Divergence is that Nintendo, thanks to Sony holding an Executive Veto on censoring games for the SNES-CD, allows Mortal Kombat (1992) to be released uncensored on the console.note  As a result, Nintendo gets embroiled in Congressional hearings alongside Sega. This actually works out well for Nintendo in the long run, however, as Sony's influence leads to the company loosening its infamous censorship policies (which, in our world, helped give it its 'kiddie' reputation) much earlier.
    • The Arbiter of Sin games are a pair of ultraviolent First Person Shooters released in 1998 and 2000 on the Sega Saturn (which, thanks to more power and fewer marketing blunders, is far more successful in the US than it was in our world). The games follow Mitch Atwater, a modern-day soldier who, after being killed on the battlefield and sent to Hell, is imbued with demonic powers by Satan and recruited as an unholy warrior to fight the forces of God led by the Archangel Michael. The first game wins some praise for its gameplay and level design, even if critics note that the story feels like it was designed purely to offend Christians, though they're a lot less forgiving towards its sequel, which is seen as a creatively stagnant Sophomore Slump. The games earn a degree of notoriety, however, when they get caught up in the controversy over video game violence after a deadly school shooting in Virginia in 2001, where it's discovered that the shooter, Christian Weston Chandler (yes, Chris-Chan of Sonichu infamy in our world, complete with Allohistorical Allusions), was a fan of the games.

    Western Animation 
  • One episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius mentions a game Jimmy and his friends wanted to buy called Doom Bringer II, but the cashier denied their purchase because the game was "for mature players only due to violence, exaggerated mayhem, and old lady kicking," kickstarting the plot as Jimmy then decides to try and make them all older.
  • Big Mouth gives us "Hooker Killer: Vatican City", a first-person shooter so violent that you can see the blood, guts and souls leave the bodies of your victims.
  • In Bojack Horseman, Todd's life was ruined due to his addiction to a video game series called "Decapathon". Once we see the game (specifically Decapathon VII) we see a Columns-esque puzzle game.
  • In Daria, the title heroine and her best friend love playing the video game "Cannibal Fragfest".
  • One episode of Gasp features Gasp attempting to beat Fred's high score on a video game called Death Race Mutant Zombie Exterminator XV.
  • The "Vampire Piggy Hunter" series in Invader Zim is a popular video game series for the Game Slave which centres around the brutal and violent exploits of a vampire piggy hunter.
  • The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour had "Decimator: Crush the Planet", Timmy's video game with a Mechagodzilla expy which he says is rated "Triple-G for Gratuitous Gutwrenching Gorefest".
  • King of the Hill:
    • The episode "Grand Theft Arlen" features Hank playing a GTA-esque game (probably a Game Mod of San Andreas) known as "Pro-Pain". ("Oh God, I just stabbed a parking attendant. Where's the button to turn yourself in?") It's actually based on his life, being made by a couple of college students to make fun of him. Sort of subverted in that Hank ends up enjoying (and even getting addicted to) the game when he finds out the benefit of the Wide-Open Sandbox is that you can choose to do good deeds (like stopping robbers) rather than having to be a criminal himself. Also, the game isn't a nation-wide hit but a local fad, only really popular around Rainey Street. (see Rule of Funny)
    • Another episode has Bobby mention a video game called Face Kicker 3, but it's just a footnote to the main plot (a sensitive liberal turning the Boy Scouts Expy into a bunch of touchy-feely wimps). When the scoutmaster gets mad at Bobby for showing the game to his kids, Bobby muses "Making all these faces explode can't be good for me."
  • A particularly Anvilicious episode of Pepper Ann, "GI Janie", was about this. Pepper Ann's aunt was asked by someone to do a study on the dangers of video games, so she borrows Pepper Ann's system and plays it continuously for "research". As she plays the game (called War Monger) more and more (which looks like a simulation of the Vietnam War), she starts to think she is actually in the game, which looks like Vietnam veteran flashbacks. In the end she declares that videogames are dangerous because they blur the line between reality and fiction.
  • ReBoot did a few of these when the series went Darker and Edgier. An Evil Dead game, a Mortal Kombat game, and Kron the Destroyer. Shooting zombies, a demon crushing heads, and Kron.
  • Spoofed on Robot Chicken with Codename: The Abortionator (Seth Green originally wanted to call it Nun Raper). Highlights include: "Shoot your parents! Urinate on the homeless! Kick a puppy! Make sweet, sweet love to your hot cousin! Or your hot cousin's mentally disabled friend! Take out your aggression the old-fashioned way: with a motor vehicle! Extra points for family members!" "Rated E for 'everyone'!" Strangely, the DVD commentary for the episode has Green state how he believes this trope is real and bemoans that there are hyper-gory games being marketed to young kids.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The show has mentioned such games repeatedly and featured them at least twice in the early seasons, once with Super Slugfest, which might have been played straight, once with the hottest new beat-em-up Bonestorm, which really wasn't. Later addition: Death Kill City 3: Death Kill Stories. Three guesses what it's based on.
    • Also, "Disembowler IV: the game where condemned criminals dig at each other with rusty hooks."
    • However, they do accidentally mention a real game...
    • The Movie gives us Grand Theft Walrus. And hives. In an arcade cabinet.
    • "Razorfight 2: The Slashening".
    • An issue of the comic featured Bart sneaking out to get the new game, Violent Stick-Men 3D.
    • The Simpsons being what it is, even Rod and Todd's favorite game, Billy Graham's Bible Blasters, is a ridiculously over-the-top FPS. "Second Coming! RELOAD! RELOAD!"
  • The South Park episode "Towlie" introduced a Fighting Game named "Thirst for Blood" for the Okama GameSphere, in which Stan cuts off Cartman's face and eats it, among other things. It would later re-appear in the form of an arcade cabinet in several later episodes.

    Real Life 
  • 25 to Life, named for the criminal penalty associated with three-strikes (or habitual offender) laws in the US, was one of many crime games in the mid-'00s trying to copy the success of Grand Theft Auto, one that distinguished itself with a story and online multiplayer built around the battle between the police and street gangs — in which you could play as the gangbangers. Law enforcement groups, talk show hosts, and even a United States Senator called for the game to be pulled from shelves and its publisher Eidos Interactive boycotted, claiming that it glorified violence against the police. Indeed, Eidos did delay the game by a few months in order to tone down the violence.
  • Bloodlust Software revels in making games like this, having started as a backlash against anti-video game violence movements. The biggest offender is the Mortal Kombat clone Timeslaughter. Ironically enough, they gained notoriety not for their overtly politically-incorrect games, but for an emulator they named NESTicle, which revolutionised the video game emulation scene, though the emulator was also given the lowbrow, morbid treatment they were notorious for, with a name referencing genitalia and a Themed Cursor resembling a bleeding severed hand.
  • Carmageddon, where the point is to destroy other cars and run pedestrians over. When Moral Guardians objected, they added a mode that replaced all the pedestrians with zombies.
  • Command & Conquer was advertised in a manner that emphasized the potential to commit war crimes specifically. One ad that was run in Europe showed mugshots of people like Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Benito Mussolini, and Jacques Chirac under a banner that read "PREVIOUS HIGH SCORES", while another one showed Hitler looking out over a field of countless Nazi soldiers assembled for a massive parade under a banner that read "IT'S A GREAT FEELING".
  • The marketing for Dead Space 2 actively invoked this, showing footage of the graphically violent Survival Horror game where "strategic dismemberment" is a key component of combat gameplay to a focus group of middle-aged mothers and then filming their shocked and horrified reactions.
  • Death Race is considered the first controversial gore-fest game, as you drive around running over suspiciously human-looking "Gremlins".
  • Doom, for all its infamy, is not an example of this. The developers at id Software mainly intended it as an homage to the horror movies they loved combined with some of the Dungeons & Dragons campaigns they played, with the controversy just being an added bonus. The release of its 2016 reboot, however, produced a wave of Genre Throwback "boomer shooters" in the indie sphere designed to hearken back to the First-Person Shooter games of The '90s, many of which fully indulged in this trope in homage to their predecessors. Strafe is probably the most explicit example, with a '90s-style live-action trailer in which the game literally kills its players through its sheer intensity.
  • The infamous Italian Doom mod Grezzo 2note  is intended to be a tribute to the gratuitously and unrepentantly violent video games of The '90s, filtered through a circa-2012 Italian lens with a plot filled with overtly anti-Christian themes and mockery of Italian politics and pop culture. The tutorial level has you shooting up a school, and the main plot has you going back in time to kill Jesus. It has been billed as the most offensive video game ever made, with some commenters describing it as the kind of game that Moral Guardians think all video games are like.
  • Hatred. As if the title alone was enough, it was done in the same font as the title of Doom, and all of the marketing played to this trope by showing the Spree Killer Villain Protagonist murdering civilians and police officers.
  • The Hitman series is a subversion. The title refers to the Professional Killer you play as, but the games generally discourage running in guns-blazing in favor of taking a stealthier approach. This means that, while the games are very literal Murder Simulators that are as much about getting away with murder as actually doing it, they play more like a Darker and Edgier version of a James Bond spy thriller than a stereotypical violent video game.
  • Hooligans: Storm Over Europe is a 2002 Real-Time Strategy game in which, as the name suggests, you control a firm of English Football Hooligans as they bash and beat their way across Europe during a football season. Its version of the Command & Conquer Economy typical to RTS games involves you sending your hooligan mobs to loot stores, then using the money to recruit new thugs from pubs you control. Naturally, it was extremely controversial all across Europe, forcing its developer, the Dutch studio DarXabre, to publish the game themselves in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK because no major publisher would touch it.
  • kill puppies for satan parodies the moral panic over tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons and the overexposure of the '90s Anti-Hero, among other things. Its Player Characters are every bit the Hollywood Satanists that some of D&D's detractors erroneously imagined.
  • The little-known C&C clone, Krush Kill 'N' Destroy.
  • MDK is a bit more obtuse with this. You have to have seen Demolition Man and remember what the acronym stands for ("Murder Death Kill") to know why it's an example.
  • The creators of Mortal Kombat wanted to stand out from the competition in the post-Street Fighter II Fighting Game genre, and so, inspired by contemporary action and martial arts movies (particularly Bloodsport), they decided to go Darker and Edgier and fill their game with blood and violence, including finishing moves called "fatalities" in which the loser is brutally murdered and often dismembered. Together with Night Trap, it led to Congressional hearings and the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
  • PAYDAY: The Heist and its sequel PAYDAY 2 counts as well, as the game, with its booming electronic music, encourages the characters to gleefully kill police officers with lavishly-designed guns by the truckloads in the name of ill-gotten gains. Unlike most other examples of this trope, it didn't garner so much controversy, presumably because the game was of Swedish origin (most controversy-generating games were American made) and relatively limited circulation of the game (mostly digital, while physical copies of the game existed, they weren't shipped as much as the other. Most of the game's promotion initially were word-of-mouth as well).
  • Some versions of the Polybius urban legend say that the game was designed as a nefarious subliminal brainwashing tool to turn people who play it into violent murderers or Manchurian Agents.
  • The Postal series, which the aforementioned Hatred is a Spiritual Successor to, is a more subtle example than most. Like MDK above, you have to know where the phrase Going Postal comes fromnote  in order to understand how it's supposed to be connected to violence. The second game takes it to the point of parody, making a Pacifist Run possible and having some of the enemies you face be anti-video-game activists trying to burn down Running With Scissors' offices while still being jam-packed with all of the violence and depravity that you can imagine.
  • Robot Unicorn Attack: Heavy Metal Edition exists on the opposite end of the parody spectrum as its predecessor. There's not much in the gore department, but while the first game was an ultra-non threatening romp through a land of rainbows and butterflies, this one has the robot unicorn trying to escape from a Fire and Brimstone Hell with platforms made of skulls and the player collecting demons and smashing through giant pentagrams before exploding and leaving a severed robot unicorn head that cries tears of flaming blood. All while Blind Guardian plays in the background.
  • In the late '90s and '00s, Rockstar Games built its notoriety on indulging in this trope, making games that explicitly courted controversy, though they started backing away from it from Red Dead Redemption onwards.
    • Grand Theft Auto, of course. The title refers to the American terminology for the crime of stealing a car, which happens to be one of the main gameplay features alongside many other criminal activities players can undertake. When making the first game, Rockstar actually hired the infamous publicist Max Clifford to tell various British tabloids and politicians, especially those with a Moral Guardian streak, about how edgy their game was, and just let it go from there. As arguably the most controversial video game series of all time, it likely inspired many of the examples on this list, especially those made after the release of GTA III in 2001. Later games in the series, however, mostly scaled back the deliberate edginess, focusing more on their own storylines and parody of American pop culture.
    • State of Emergency was merely published by Rockstar (it was developed by VIS Entertainment), but its marketing leaned heavily into its connection to the makers of GTA. Its plot and gameplay, about mass rioting and looting against the backdrop of a dystopian, near-future, corporate-run America that the protagonists seek to overthrow, was inspired by the 1999 riots in Seattle against a meeting of the World Trade Organization in that city, causing politicians in Washington state to condemn the game.
    • Manhunt was their take on the Survival Horror and Stealth-Based Game genres, with a plot about snuff films and street gangs, gameplay that revolved around murdering enemies in extremely brutal ways straight out of a Slasher Movie, and a title that evoked both the police hunting down a wanted criminal and Hunting the Most Dangerous Game. The sequel upped the ante in its Wii version by adding that console's motion controls, meaning that the players themselves acted out stabbing and bludgeoning the game's enemies as opposed to just pressing a button, making it about as close to a literal Murder Simulator as one could get. Both games were enormously controversial, they were banned or Bowdlerised in several countries, and the first one was blamed for a real-life murder in Leicestershire, all of which likely only boosted its sales in those countries where they weren't banned. According to one account, even Rockstar's own staff was horrified by the first game's violence, especially since it lacked the levity and satire of the GTA games, and nearly mutinied.
    • Bully was a subversion. Given the game's title, its High School setting, and Rockstar's reputation, Moral Guardians expected the worst, thinking that Rockstar was making a game that revolved around bullying your classmates or even killing them. It even had to be renamed Canis Canem Edit (Bullworth Academy's Pretentious Latin Motto in-game, translating to "dog eat dog") for its European release due to these concerns. When it finally came out, however, it turned out to be nothing of the sort. Instead of a school shooting simulator, it was a lighthearted, T-rated Genre Throwback to '80s teen comedies in which the unambiguously heroic (if rough-hewn) protagonist fought against the bullies terrorizing the school, without any murder or lethal weapons.
    • Many other games that Rockstar made and published in the '00s didn't quite fall into this trope, but did otherwise trade on the "bad boys of gaming" reputation that GTA gave them. The Midnight Club games were about illegal street racing, the Smuggler's Run games had you playing as a Venturous Smuggler transporting illegal cargo across national borders, and the Max Payne games were neo-noir action shooters that let players recreate the gunfights from The Matrix and Hong Kong Heroic Bloodshed movies. They also made a video game adaptation of the Cult Classic '70s crime movie The Warriors that faithfully recreated the film with a strong dose of Adaptation Expansion. The only subversion was Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, a Tech-Demo Game showing off the new Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (or RAGE) which was Exactly What It Says on the Tin, much to the amusement of many critics due to it being such a Creator's Oddball.
  • In 2011, Checkerboarded Studios tried to make a Half-Life 2 mod called School Shooter: North American Tour 2012. Billed as "the most realistic student slaughtering modification ever made," its description on ModDB (from which it was quickly pulled once mainstream news outlets discovered it and had exactly the reaction one might expect) name-dropped several real-life Spree Killers as "martyrs" and served largely to troll anybody who might criticize the idea. The game's lead developer, in an interview with Greg Tito for The Escapist, described it as having been designed to appeal to people who delight in Video Game Cruelty Potential.
  • Every Splatterhouse game minus the Naughty Graffiti spin-off counts as this, but the most notable is the 2010 port, which is full of oceans of blood, guts everywhere, violence, and more. But hey, at least you're trying to be the good guy for once.
  • Subverted by Super Columbine Massacre RPG!. It's exactly what it sounds like, a video game where you play as the Columbine High School killers as they carry out their rampage against their classmates and teachers... and it's a turn-based Role-Playing Game with retraux 16-bit sprite graphics and very little detailed gore apart from a real-life crime scene photograph of the killers' corpses. Furthermore, much of the game is a meticulously researched exploration of the killers' lives and what drove them to become Spree Killers. Even the second half of the game, where the killers get sent to Hell and fight demons straight out of Doom, is done in the same style.
  • Strata released a pair of infamous ultra-violent Mortal Kombat clones in their time: Time Killers and BloodStorm (the latter being the subject of the aforementioned Bonestorm parody in The Simpsons).
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Atari 2600 adaptation is the other big candidate for the first controversial violent video game. The player character is Leatherface, and the objective is to kill as many little girls as possible before his chainsaw runs out of fuel. The game even features extremely primitive blood effects and "screaming" noises.
  • The unreleased Fighting Game Thrill Kill promised to go even farther than Mortal Kombat in this regard, and became the first game to receive an Adults-Only rating purely for violence (all previous AO ratings had been handed down for sexual content), forcing the developers to tone down some of their original ideas. In addition to its edgy name, its content included dismemberment, cannibalism, BDSM-inspired character designs, brutal finishing moves that were the only way to kill an opponent, violent special moves with suggestive names such as "Bitch Slap" "Swallow This", and "Going Down", and a plot about damned souls in Hell fighting for a shot at reincarnation. Ultimately, it was too controversial for Electronic Arts, who canceled the game's release after buying out its publisher Virgin Interactive due to how shocked they were at its content, though since the game was already finished by that point, bootlegs quickly circulated.

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