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Mario Kart, Wii Sports And Animal Crossing Named In Violent Games Rundown

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Critics have been saying that violent video games have a negative impact on children for decades, but recent fatal shootings in the US have resulted in renewed debate on the topic.
UK newspaper The Guardian has decided to investigate the issue by highlighting the violent content of the 50 best-selling games of 2012. As you might expect, titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Far Cry 3 and Max Payne 3 are all mentioned, but the report also calls out releases such as Mario Kart Wii, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Wii Sports, Mario Party 9 and New Super Mario Bros. Wii — not because they contain guns, but because they come with "Comic Mischief", "Cartoon Violence" and "Violence" warnings on their packaging, as specified by the ESRB.
To be fair to The Guardian, the report is intended to illustrate a point — a worrying number of video games boast violence which is based around the use of deadly weapons, such as guns and swords. However, by trying to insinuate that family-friendly Nintendo titles are somehow harbingers of senseless violence removes some of the bite from the argument — in our opinion, at least. Perhaps the blame lies with the ESRB and the often misleading ratings given to totally harmless titles?

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Post #1   5/4/13 1:38:45PM   

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Weird I was just playing Mario Kart with my 4 yr old a little while ago.

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Posted by Shawn91111

Weird I was just playing Mario Kart with my 4 yr old a little while ago.



Watch out. According to these geniuses your kid is likely to shoot up a mall after playing such 'violent' games.

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Just played a couple string of Wii Sports bowling with my pals... now i feel like murdering some folks

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Mario Kart on the N64 was a big part of my childhood.

It never seemed that violent to me. Unless you consider hitting someone with a red shell and taking their balloon violent.

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Posted by Budgellism

Mario Kart on the N64 was a big part of my childhood.

It never seemed that violent to me. Unless you consider hitting someone with a red shell and taking their balloon violent.



Yeah me too, but it turned me bad. I spent a few years in juvenile detention for dropping giant banana skins on the highway making several cars behind spin out and crash

A giant mushroom with eyes told me to do it

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Posted by Budgellism

Mario Kart on the N64 was a big part of my childhood.

It never seemed that violent to me. Unless you consider hitting someone with a red shell and taking their balloon violent.

Mario Kart on Super Nintendo was a big part of my teenage years

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I would blame looney tunes before I would blame Mario Cart.

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Posted by infestructure


Posted by Budgellism

Mario Kart on the N64 was a big part of my childhood.

It never seemed that violent to me. Unless you consider hitting someone with a red shell and taking their balloon violent.



Yeah me too, but it turned me bad. I spent a few years in juvenile detention for dropping giant banana skins on the highway making several cars behind spin out and crash

A giant mushroom with eyes told me to do it


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Posted by infestructure


Posted by Budgellism

Mario Kart on the N64 was a big part of my childhood.

It never seemed that violent to me. Unless you consider hitting someone with a red shell and taking their balloon violent.



Yeah me too, but it turned me bad. I spent a few years in juvenile detention for dropping giant banana skins on the highway making several cars behind spin out and crash

A giant mushroom with eyes told me to do it





Well played infestructure

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Posted by Budgellism

Mario Kart on the N64 was a big part of my childhood.

It never seemed that violent to me. Unless you consider hitting someone with a red shell and taking their balloon violent.

Mario Kart on Super Nintendo was a big part of my teenage years



I never had it for super nintendo but I did have Donkeykong Country, Mortal Kombat II, Super Mario World and Super Metroid. That was a great system.

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