Why do I feel bad killing a beaver in Assassin's Creed 3 yet I have no problem mowing down hordes of human guards? Are games and other media desensitizing us subconciously? Think about how society was 20 years ago. People were easier to scare with horror movies and they would be in shock if their children were playing any FPS of today. I just think it's a dangerous road we're heading down... Sure real life is seperate but maybe what we experience in electronic media is important to the mind and is further conditioning each generation without them knowing it?
people are desenstized when it comes to violence games and media, But thats only because we are smart enough to know that is fiction, But you think anyone who plays a lot of video games and watches violent movies wouldn't be terrorfied if he or she found themselves in a real life conflict with extreme violence going on around them ? Of course they would be terrorfied because they would know its no game or movie and that the threat of great harm or death is real. I also have no problems mowing down human guards in Assassins creed 3, It actually distracts me too much from the missions lol but that doesn't mean I wouldn't fall to pieces if a sword fight broke out down my local pub.
Yes you are right, fear of real life sitations can not be compared to fictional ones. But my point is the guilt I feel for killing a defensless animal is not there when I kill a human because I have been subjected to it over a course of many years. There aren't many games that require you to kill bunny rabbits. Of course if you're a fan of hunting animals in real life then you would not be subjected to such guilt. So what we might be experienceing is similar to the desensitizing of a hardened soldier's mind. We would in no way be able to react as swiftly as a soldier in a real life crisis but maybe we might be more ready for it compared to a person who has not engaged in violent media their whole life?
maybe thats the issue ? the fact that the animal is defence less yet the human guard is not defence less and is cable of killing you. Plus know amount of video games and movies will ever ready your mind for a real life crisis, Instinct will kick into gear and that measn one of two things you will either " fight or flight" it is the only two instincts that ring true in a crisis.