Total Nerd The Most Violent Classic Video Games  

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Almost every game that’s available for play at this moment is somewhat violent. Even strategy and sports games have a little violence, if they aren’t filled to the brim with it. In the 90s, the public outrage toward violent video games reached a fever pitch with the release of Mortal Kombat. At the time MK was considered to be not only the most violent, but also the most realistic arcade game on the market (that is if you consider a demon ninja named “Scorpion” with the ability to shoot a grappling hook with pinpoint accuracy realistic), and parents flipped out.

But that wasn’t the first time that parents and other square adults showed off their inability to understand that violence in gaming isn’t the same as real life violence. With this list, we’ve put together some of the most violent classic games to warp your young minds.

After putting together this list, it’s interesting to see what the public found to be violent in different eras of gaming. At one point, a game like Death Race was considered to be hyper violent, and it’s just white lines running into other white lines are shaped like people (but only if you squint really hard). We’ve proud to say that we’ve come a long way from this representation of vehicular homicide and can now run down electronic avatars in full 3D. Vote on the classic video game that you think was the most violent, and if you can think of a game that would fit right in on this list, go ahead and add it!

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Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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Doom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Doom 1993

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Wolfenstein 3D is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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Grand Theft Auto III is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
fearnothing1121 added Grand Theft Auto III 2003

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Splatterhouse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
JamesHollan added Phantasmagoria 1996

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Smash TV is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Smash TV 1990

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Carmageddon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Marek Gackiewicz added Carmageddon 1997

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Chiller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Chiller 1986

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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Harvester is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Harvester 1996

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Narc is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Narc 1988

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Ripper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
JamesHollan added Ripper 1996

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Halloween 1983

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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrio... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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Death Race is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Death Race 1976

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Jack the Ripper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Jack the Ripper 1987

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Go to Hell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Go to Hell 1985

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Custer's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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Beast Busters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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Death Wish 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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Night Trap is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Night Trap 1992

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177 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
177 1986

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Tecmo Knight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games