Thoughts on demon-slaying games like DOOM?
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I'm frankly a little torn on this topic, so I want to know what others think.  It's not a high stakes question because I don't plan on playing it either way, but what are your thoughts on the sinfulness of playing DOOM?

It is a long running game series, and the most recent title came out about a year ago.  It is an incredibly violent series with lots of satanic imagery; however, the entire point of the game is that you are murdering demons.  The plot of the games always revolves around a portal from Hell opening, and you, the hero (sometimes with the implication that you are acting as a soldier of God) have to murder all the demons and go to Hell to then murder Satan and close the portal.  Those are the broad strokes.

So is it wrong or potentially dangerous to play a game like this?  Part of me thinks that the unambiguous demon-slaying is fine, but the prevalence of satanic imagery keeps me away, regardless of whether it's portrayed as "bad" or not.
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I think video games in general have been the scapegoat for a long time, and for the most part, I find it unhelpful and unnecessary.

If the video game is grotesque or lewd (so anything with disturbing levels of violence or graphic sexual content), I think it should be avoided. We should look at the content of a game on a case-by-case basis, not sweep all video games under the rug as being bad. You can't take the family-friendly Mario series and put it on the same level as Grand Theft Auto. A person creating pretty buildings on Minecraft is not going to face repercussions like someone likely would by playing Manhunt. If the game takes a psychological toll, that isn't good. If they are addictive, proper time management needs to be employed.
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I played the original Doom games as a kid. Didn't really have any effect on me. I think with any games it comes down to the temperament of the person and how they react to such imagery. If seeing these things causes you distress then stay away. I'd say if you were doing the opposite (say killing angels or playing as a demon) it may be a different matter.
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There's been no evidence to support claims that violence and imagery in games can influence people to do something that they wouldn't otherwise do. That myth has been debunked over and over again but it's been perpetuated by the media because it attracts viewrs.
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I tried it, I also played a little of the old DOOM's when I was a kid, I don't recall anything bad in those, but they were highly pixelated. In the new one however, your vsing demons from hell, so to make it look 'hellish' they have pentagrams and stuff like that all over the walls etc, I don't know enough about satanism to know which symbols etc are nothing or something, so I found it best to stay away from it.

From what I've seen and been told, it's also a very boring and repetitive game, maybe multiplayer would have been okay, but there are other alternatives and I find myself saying better safe then sorry.

I notice this was in 2017 so I'm a little late, but anyway, hope it helps & God Bless You Smile
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(12-06-2018, 10:55 PM)josh987654321 Wrote: I tried it, I also played a little of the old DOOM's when I was a kid, I don't recall anything bad in those, but they were highly pixelated. In the new one however, your vsing demons from hell, so to make it look 'hellish' they have pentagrams and stuff like that all over the walls etc, I don't know enough about satanism to know which symbols etc are nothing or something, so I found it best to stay away from it.

From what I've seen and been told, it's also a very boring and repetitive game, maybe multiplayer would have been okay, but there are other alternatives and I find myself saying better safe then sorry.

I notice this was in 2017 so I'm a little late, but anyway, hope it helps & God Bless You Smile

From my friends and reviews online, I've never heard anyone call this game anything but absolutely excellent. It's actually received a lot of attention in the industry for it's fun, fast paced gameplay.

Anyway, I think a big headache in general with video games is how many of them, even a lot of the seemingly harmless ones, are filled with gratuitous violence or sexuality. Which kinda kills a game's viability for me. If I don't want my future kids playing / watching something, I try to keep my distance. Even an AWESOME local multiplayer game like Super Smash Bros has characters these days like Zero Suit Samus and Bayonetta.
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(12-10-2018, 10:03 AM)Some Guy Wrote: Anyway, I think a big headache in general with video games is how many of them, even a lot of the seemingly harmless ones, are filled with gratuitous violence or sexuality. Which kinda kills a game's viability for me. If I don't want my future kids playing / watching something, I try to keep my distance.

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