I’m turned off when I hear that said as well.
But, here’s the honest truth from me, I really enjoyed Doom (2016) and Titanfall 2 and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and so on. I feel a bit more uncomfortable when the violence is gruesome AND we’re supposed to feel morally righteous about it (such as Wolfenstein).
As I’m getting older, I’m starting to like games with brutal violence or mass shooting less and less, but I still enjoyed replaying Modern Warfare (2007) recently, which is way more brutal than I remembered it being as a young teenager. I also really enjoy Die Hard, ever since I was a young teenager.
In fact, I had recently been talking to a close friend about how much I’m disturbed by all the hyper violence in many of today’s most popular games, and then I took her to see Die Hard in theaters for the first time. I was excited, as it is a movie I’m very fond of, I know many of the lines by heart, I was excited to share it with her. When we walked out of the theater, I was smiling and gleefully asked her what she thought. She looked at me, unsure what to say, sitting for a while in discomfort until she said “that was extremely violent, toxic, disturbingly masculine violent.” I sat there, as my smile turned to sad realization. She said “It’s almost like you flipped a switch in your head, like you became another person who enjoys indulging in ultra violence, are you not critical of what you saw? Because to me it looked like you were smiling from beginning to end.”
I struggle with this, and I know I’m a huge hypocrite. But I’m trying to minimize my exposure to this stuff in my life, especially mass shooting games. I may always enjoy games that are well made, but I do want to limit my support of games and films that are hyper violent, indulgently violent. For me, it’s not about going cold turkey, but having discretion and speaking up about this stuff, so hopefully most of the fun AAA games won’t rely on brutal violence to have a fun time. Same goes for films and TV. I’m trying to limit exposure, and either enjoy the extra free time or play/watch other things that don’t get as much attention.
I apologize for the long, personal rant, but I just wanted to be honest. I hope it helps anyone who might have similar feelings.