Look, I ain't no pansy. I like videogame violence as much as the next guy. Hell, I really enjoyed the Sniper Elite V2 demo and those x-ray shots really tickled my fancy. But something about this game demo kinda put me off. I know being ruthless and all that makes you a badass, but jesus, reel it in a bit Sam. Hearing people cheer when Sam shoots people in the face and slitting their throats with all kinds of juicy blood squirting and bone crunching sound effects kinda made me uncomfortable. I know there might be people in the audience planted there for the sole purpose of cheering, but still. That and seeing middle easterners getting shot in the face in the name of world peace and America in so many games has worn out. It's getting near black face minstrel level of exploitative. Yeah, terrorist groups like Al Quaeda are still at large, but so many games have you killing terrorists that at this point, I've gotten sick of it. This isn't a criticism of this game specifically, rather it is a criticism of gaming culture overall. I felt this same way watching the Medal Of Honor Warfighter demo, but the Splinter Cell demo more so.
I'm not the kinda person to really give a shit about what people on the outside-looking-in think of gaming or whatever preconceptions and stereotypes are out there. But all these shooters, especially military ones, do not help its image. Maybe the violence is getting to visceral, maybe I'm getting soft and turning into an old man, or maybe I'm just in an irritable mood today and am just nitpicking things. I don't know. But seeing so many people cheer for looking down iron sights and shooting shit is kinda depressing.
Now let me ask the famous question so I can turn this thread into a topic of discussion.