I was looking through Anita Sarkeesian's twitter when I found this tweet.
I can kind of understand where Anita is coming from, but I cannot completely agree with her on this. The violence in the game does serve a purpose. With each death you see the pool of blood, and the horrible aftermath of your dirty deeds. Violence is a dirty thing and not something that is taken lightly in the game. I did however eventually reach a certain point in the game where the level of violence in it had little to no impact on me. While I completely agree with the decision to include the gore it made me realize, no matter how gruesome something is, eventually you will adapt to it. I found this slightly disturbing, but maybe that was the point. Maybe my experiences are supposed to reflect those of Joel and Ellie's need to adapt and survive in an ugly world.
Anita says she thought it was unnecessarily gratuitous (which to me, seems kind of redundant) Yet, if the violence had lost it's impact why would she feel the need to turn it off? If she still found it disturbing wouldn't that be proof that it hadn't lost it's impact? Doesn't turning it off half-way through rob the game of it's intended effect?
Did the violence have any effect on you? Did you ever get used to it? Also, if your comments on Anita Sarkeesian are unrelated to the topic of violence in video games, please take it to the Tropes Vs. Women threads.
Edit: Never mind, I didn't actually put spoilers in here.