BioShock Creator Explains Why Video Games Are so Violent

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BioShock Infinite Violence BioShock creator Ken Levine is no stranger to violent games. In fact, his critically-acclaimed BioShock series embraces violence to tell a captivating story and engage gamers. Recently, he explained to NPR just why modern-day video games are so incredibly violent. Levin believes that the reason there is a lot of violence in video games is because it's relatively easy to simulate and that, like action movies, there is an easily perceivable market for it. “I think the reaction to the violence is more an expression of people building confidence in the industry’s ability to express itself in more diverse fashions,” he told NPR. In other words, violence sells, and all signs point to a more violent future for the industry. In response to often being asked if he could have made a game that told the same story but without the violence, he admitted that he knew know other way of making a game at the time. "I wouldn't have known how to make a game like Mario," he said. "I wouldn't have known how to take this kind of story and turn it into a game about jumping on blocks." Levine recently closed his award winning studio, Irrational Games, and is now focusing on creating smaller, episodic games. For some reason, we don’t think his future projects will be as violent as the BioShock games.

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