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Peristarkawan wrote:
I have no need to ban EA games because they publish very little that interests me to begin with.
That's like a "self-ban"

JohnRayJr wrote:
A class of games? No. I mean I don't play Sports games because they bore me out of my mind, but that's not really what we're getting at.
Probably not, but since you've brought it up, I "ban" those games. Exceptions are sports games with sci-fi, fantasy, "fun" () elements, like NBA Jam, Mario Kart, F-Zero.

Oh, here's that thread!...
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1980241/alternative-spo...



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Are there games that I won't play due to content, regardless of their other merits? Of course.

Some of the recent news stories about the development of Mortal Kombat 11 are depressing - developers/testers having to refine/adjust/test gruesome, photorealistic, anatomically grisly fatalaties hundreds of times, and becoming clinically disturbed to the point of seeking medical help and wanting to quit their jobs.
Kids seem to be fine with this. I hope blush Case in point was I was at a con playing MKX/10. There's a Fatality mode that lets you try out and practice multiple fatalities in quick succession. I did 5 of them and looked over my shoulder to see a couple of kids standing there.

I think to myself "damn.. how long have they been standing there?"
"Maybe they're old enough? No.. they look like they're 8 to 10 yo"
"Did I do any gruesome fatalities?"
Victim quartered
burned
burned via acid
head cut off and exploded
internal organs removed by telekenesis


"I hope their parents aren't pissed"
"..... where are their parents?"
I don't see any adults around.

"Eh. Let's see what Kung Lao can do"

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(Of course there's a whole side discussion to be had about Mortal Kombat, but the new one achieves a gut-level repugnance that, to me, is totally foreign to the often-comical violence of the older MKs).
For a few of the finishing moves in MK3 Ultimate, you see some startup animations, but then the screen goes black. You still hear sound fx. I thought that was a lame "cop out" (censors or just lazy), but.. not something that would cause you to take on more "nerd rage points".

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And I like fighting games. I enjoyed NRS's immediate predecessor to MK11, which was Injustice 2.

There may be much less blood and gore in this one, but dang if one of the endings wasn't dark, which in some ways, made this worse than the blood and gore in MK11.
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Peristarkawan wrote:
I mostly banned Ubisoft games


Interested to hear the reason.
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I haven't actively banned anything, although there are a number of genres and themes that don't interest me much, so I don't actively seek them out.

For the most part I stick with games/themes/genres that I already know that I like, and only really branch out when something looks especially appealing.

The only major deal-breaker for me is "multiplayer/online-play only". If there's no single player mode that you can do offline, it's not something I'd play much, if at all. That doesn't mean I'd be unwilling to try it, but it would have to be something truly amazing to go beyond that.
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Zimeon wrote:
Peristarkawan wrote:
I mostly banned Ubisoft games


Interested to hear the reason.


Their record on DRM is terrible.
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I'm not sure I ban a class of games as much as a genre. Even then I don't really 'ban' it.

I'm not a fan of most horror games. They just don't do much for me. I've never really appreciated horror as a genre - but I can see why others like it. I'm just pretty 'meh' about it.

I don't think much of sports games in general either. I played a few once and I had fun, but seeing the same game released year after year and even being stuffed full of microtransactions lately (NBA 2K18 for example) just makes me lose interest.

What's a fun, untainted sports game that stands the test of time?
 
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What's a fun, untainted sports game that stands the test of time?

Civilization. It has always had colosseums.
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I don`t really ban any classes of games, but first player shooter games and when fighting is the main part of the game, I don`t really go for those games.
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No.

There are types of games that I like less (platformers for example). But I haven't "banned" them. I'm just far less likely to buy them.

However, I can't think of a genre of game that I have an ethical issue with, and that seems to be the crux of why OP wanted to ban a certain type of game.

If I had an ethical issue with a style of play (such as feeling that shooting enemies in a game made me worry about my morals in real life) then, yes, I wouldn't play that type of game.

I would like to note, however, since this is a topic I've actually read up on, that for the majority of people, games where you massacre faceless enemies are extremely effective stress relief and doesn't lead to the desire to kill real people.

The real key is how well you separate fantasy from reality in given situations, and only you can make the call of how "into a game" you feel that the division between fantasy and reality isn't working for you any more. I, personally, end up with some issues the more emotionally involved I am in a moral decision, so I can't get some achievements because my personal ethics vs. my engagement with the story can make me deeply uncomfortable when asked to do some "evil" actions. I just don't happen to feel anything about shooting "enemies" because they are "people who are doing bad things" and I have no issue with fighting bad people.
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While there are definitely genres I avoid because I dislike most of the games in them, I can't think of any genres I've banned outright, since I'm willing to make exceptions for certain games within all genres.

I don't like most shooters... but I spent years testing Halo games and Halo: Reach isn't bad. Also, Oni was fun.
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