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'Killing Babies' in DmC Angers Some Gamers
Filed under: DMC, CAPCOM, DEVIL MAY CRY

Okay, we're currently playing DmC: Devil May Cry, the frantic, demon-infested reboot in Capcom's popular action adventure series, and we have yet to give you our full impressions on it. In the meantime, however, you should know that there's a whole bunch of people expressing their hate for this game via Metacritic. Despite that, critics are already hailing it is as a worthy addition to the series.

Warning, spoilers ahead: While some users continue to complain about various aspects of the game, there is a number of players who seem to be aggitated by the fact that one of the main characters in the game shoots a pregnant woman in the stomach and then kills her baby (both the woman and the baby are demons, by the way, but that doesn't seem count as a valid argument). So, in addition to ordinary complaints, there are numerous people who are now slamming the game on Metacritic for such violence.

Although this content may sound a bit shocking, it surprises me that there are still people out there who are dumb enough to take such things seriously. Games like Devil May Cry were always known for scenes of insane, over-the-top action and violence.

Honestly, some people get worked up too easily.



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kreep69 Jan 16 2013, 10:14 am EST
games and other mundane things do not make the crazy; the crazy is already there just like being gay. crazy and gay have been around since the dawn of man, they are not products of our society.

anything can be a weapon and criminals and crazies should not be the only ones to access real ones. you cant rely on others to protect you (that includes the system) and background checks wont stop troubled kids from taking their parents guns nor will they stop a criminal or crazy from buying one off the street; also ive never seen a sign stop shit ... that includes no smoking, speeding, drinking and driving, and especially gun free zones - what an effing joke.

lastly, it is not surprising there are bad people; they have been around since the dawn of humanity. the greatest shame is in good people that do nothing or want others to do things for them; human nature i guess.
  EricHalfBee: I agree with you but only to a point. 'Crazy' is a no…
Rafal Jan 16 2013, 11:26 am EST
While we shouldn't take the disproportionate reaction towards killing babies/fetuses too seriously, I don't think we should trivialize them either.
The problem with video game violence is that kids will play the shit out of violent, m rated games.

Now you can say it's parents' own fault, but that doesn't change the fact that producing violent games results in kids playing violent games. Stores sell them to kids, piratebay makes them available to kids and ignorant parents buy them for their kids.

My parents were very careful with computer use when I was a kid, but them being computer illiterate at the time, it didn't stop me from playing mortal kombats, postals etc.

It didn't make me violent, but who knows, maybe if I haven't played so many violent games and watched so many violent movies when I was a kid, I wouldn't be so insensitive to awful images like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0 , which I can't help but compare to my experiences of playing cod modern warfare.

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Now I'm not saying that I agree with the people protesting DMC, but I totally understand why people have strong feelings about these types of things, even if they don't express them very productively. And exactly because we don't want politicians making some awful laws, we the gaming community should try to solve the problem first, on our terms.


We should figure out what we think is acceptable and not acceptable for kids to play, and to the best of our ability figure out ways of preventing kids from playing such games.

Video games are becoming increasingly more realistic, and are already in the phase of overtaking movies at producing a stronger emotional impact and the capacity of producing pretend reality. I would be very against my future kids watching shock videos of real life mutilation/torture/suicide videos, and video games will soon be capable of surpassing them.

So I'd argue that we take the ignorant people's concerns about baby killing in DMC more seriously than: lol why u mad tho?
antonphd Jan 16 2013, 11:56 am EST
outrage is exactly the reaction they hoped for when they decided to shoot a pregnant woman in the stomach.
RenegadeCZ Jan 16 2013, 12:14 pm EST
I wanna eat your babies!!!!
Breedy_Mcfluff Jan 16 2013, 12:32 pm EST
Technically all fetuses are demons. They continue to be that way until about the 20-25 age region.
  GrgoljBlaster: good one :)
KraGeRzR Jan 16 2013, 02:00 pm EST
Boo farking hoo.
im_stardust Jan 16 2013, 02:39 pm EST
Thinking about the atrocities people (mostly men) have done to one another, throughout time and to this day, I don't think that all the violence in video games put together can match the impact of seeing at least one act of human cruelty.

The way this type of human behavior happens is degrading and appalling and it's usually, if not always, done with cowardice,

I don't think you can recreate it virtually and vice versa.
KraGeRzR Jan 16 2013, 04:14 pm EST
Meanwhile, abortion scenes in Real Life anger no one.

Seems legit.
  Cheddar: Actually, they anger a fuck-ton of people. Just …
KraGeRzR: I just find this story frivolous in the extreme, espe…
Cheddar Jan 16 2013, 08:01 pm EST
I don't know, Vader. I think it's inarguably distasteful, and thus entirely worthy of criticism.

Violence upon completely inhuman looking monsters that cartoonishly explode into gem-thingies upon death -- which, up until this game, has been the standard for the DMC franchise's depiction of violence -- isn't quite the same as a scene vividly depicting pregnant-woman-and-fetus slaughter.

As for the 'well they're just demons' angle, that really is a completely irrelevant point. Half the protagonists in the DMC world are freaking 'demons', dude. Dante himself, in fact (half-demon... whatever).
  EricHalfBee: Well, I'm short of time so: me2. 100%. What he said.
Cheddar Jan 16 2013, 08:10 pm EST
Oh and btw, I think it's interesting none of you have even considered the intrinsic misogyny involved with such a scene.

That is at least as much of an issue with the content as the violence itself.
  finaleve: Most. Hard to speak up on here ya know...
tei187 Jan 16 2013, 11:44 pm EST
one thing i've learnt from BioWare and i actually use it to cut corners in my job - if the client doesn't like something, just say the outcome is based on "artistic integrity".
Shpongle Jan 17 2013, 02:32 pm EST
bunch of punk-ass bitches, whinin n shit
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