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Friday, August 25, 2006

Pac-Man Is 62% Violent

According to a recent study done by a Harvard University researcher, Pac-Man is a violent game. Yes, you read that right: violent. How on earth could someone have arrived to this conclusion baffles me.

In June of 2006, Dr. Kimberly Thompson testified before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection about the effectiveness of video game rating systems. In one of the chief studies she cited in her testimony, Thompson lists the classic arcade version of Pac-Man as being 62% violent. In the same study, Dig Dug is 67% violent, Ms. Pac-Man 54.3%, Q*bert 33.5%, and Centipede 92.6%.

What? Centipede is 92.6% violent?!? If this is the case, then I wonder what kind of rating a game such as Doom or Quake would receive.

Read more (via HardOCP).


  • I can see Centipede being that "violent" because it's all shooting. But I distinctly remember getting Pac-Man for my Atari 2600 and the description of the game in the booklet said that Pac-Man was eating pancakes and that the power pellet things were vitamins or something like that. So technically the only thing that's violent would be eating ghosts and who cares? First of all, they're ghosts! Secondly, they don't have bones to crush so how is he actually hurting them? They do regenerate... Those people are on crack!! :-)

    By Blogger Stephanie, at 10:45 AM  

  • Whether they regenrate or not, whether they are ghosts or not, etc etc.....it's still violence. You kill/eat them....that's violence....right? I think saying PacMan is violent is a little over the top. But if you use the definition of violence....then it is.

    I can see both sides.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:10 PM  

  • It makes sense really. The Zelda series is just as violent as the Devil May Cry series. Yet one will get rated E and the other M.

    By Anonymous onef'dupdude, at 6:53 PM  

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