normally i just lurk around but as a gamer i just had to place a post here.
i really don't get why people are so troubled by games. and the most funny thing is that the people who complain about games the most never play any games themselves.
since the age of 12 i was playing mature games where people (NPCs) exploded into pieces, and it was fun (first one was Unreal Tournament, great game)... by the way, a NPC is a non-player character, a A.I. controlled object... so i really don't get how people can get emotional about a string of 110010111010010010101011000101010001.
however Modern Warfare 2 is a better example how mindlessly people buy things only because of hype... the game really isn't up to standards with exception of the graphics. and don't get me started about the lack of dedicated servers on the PC!... and as far as the terrorist stage goes, it was really mild... and there was very little blood too... i really can't understand why this is such a problem for people (the only problem with the stage was the very low movement speed... like a snail).
if you really want to see a truly extreme game, than try postal 2 + Apocalypse Weekend expansion + AWP mod. this is the most extreme form of violence and gore i have ever seen in a FPS game... and it's just so extreme and insane that it becomes funny. and if anyone wants to see some of it i could record it xD. you just have to ask LOL.
the truth is that such games are only a problem to people who have a mental illness and have trouble distinguishing between a game and reality. this ability to distinguish is actually missing a bit in normal people who had little/none exposure to games. however someone like me who has been exposed a lot can distinguish at such level that almost nothing is too extreme in a game.
however if we change to a movie things work a lot different because movies look and sound so greatly more realistic than games, that people react completely different to it. and lets not forget the lack of interactivity and control compared to a game. even i react very differently to events in a movie that were the same as in a game.
people should look a bit deeper into it. and by that i also mean playing the games themselves.