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The business of blood: 11 violent video games

Airport massacres, button-mashing fatalities and gratuitous reenactments: Business is booming for violent video games. Here are 11 that offer violence as entertainment.

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Bulletstorm (2011): Beyond it's over-the-top profanity and grisly violence, Bulletstorm had a unique "skill-shot" system which rewards "creative" kills -- like shooting your enemy in the genitals.
Electronic Arts

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Carmageddon (1997): Insipred by the 1975 cult classic movie Death Race 2000, this "vehicular combat" game rewarded players with bonus points for mowing down pedestrians.
SCi/Interplay

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Grand Theft Auto (series): Controversial but also critically acclaimed, GTA let gamers play the criminal, which often meant killing, stealing or even street-racing their way to the top. Pictured: GTA: Vice City (2002)
Rockstar Games

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Manhunt (2003): Though well received by gaming critics, the stealth-based horror game is considered by some to be the most violent video game of all time and was banned in several countries.
Rockstar Games

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009): First-person shooters are by definition violent, but Modern Warfare 2 upped the ante with its Russian airport massacre level.
Activision

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Super Columbine Massacre RPG! (2005): The game allows players to assume the roles of gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold during their infamous 1999 school shooting. Mired in controversy, it would inspire V-Tech Rampage which was released in 2007.
Danny Ledonne

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Postal (series): Another title banned in multiple countries, Postal had little backstory but tons of violence. Players completed each level by slaughtering a certain number of "hostiles." Pictured: Postal 2 (2003)
Whiptail Interactive

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MadWorld (2009): This game proved that the Nintendo Wii wasn't just a family console. For it's gratuitous blood and over-the-top violence, the game was banned in Germany.
Sega

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God of War (series): The critically acclaimed series is known for its ruthless weapons, gory kills and violent cutscenes. Pictured: God of War II (2007)
Sony Computer Entertainment

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Mortal Kombat (1992): The classic fighting game known for its extreme violence, most notably, its Fatalities -- special finishing moves that were so gratuitous, they played a part in the creation of the ESRB.
Midway Games

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Soldier of Fortune (2000): The game's model engine, GHOUL, was the first to enable players to not just kill enemies but dismember them, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know.
Activision

The business of blood: 11 violent video games

Airport massacres, button-mashing fatalities and gratuitous reenactments: Business is booming for violent video games. Here are 11 that offer violence as entertainment.

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