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The Most Violent Classic Video Games 

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Updated April 2, 2018 4.2k votes 865 voters 19.7k views 25 items

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
Released: 1992 (Midway Games)
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Doom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1993 (id Software)
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Splatterhouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1988 (Namco)
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Wolfenstein 3D is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1992 (Nerve Software)
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Grand Theft Auto III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
fearnothing1121 added Released: 2003 (Rockstar North)
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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1984 (Michael Fox)
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Carmageddon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Marek Gackiewicz added Released: 1997 (Stainless Games)
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Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
JamesHollan added Released: 1996 (Sierra Entertainment)
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1982 (VSS)
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Smash TV is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Smash TV Released: 1990 (WMS Industries Inc.)
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Harvester is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1996 (DigiFX Interactive)
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Ripper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
JamesHollan added Released: 1996 (Take-Two Interactive)
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Chiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1986 (Exidy)
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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
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Death Race is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1976 (Exidy)
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Narc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Narc Released: 1988 (WMS Industries Inc.)
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Go to Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Go to Hell
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Jack the Ripper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Jack the Ripper Released: 1987 (St. Bride's School)
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Night Trap is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1992 (Digital Pictures)
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Barbarian: The Ultimate ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1987 (Palace Software)
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Custer's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1982 (Mystique)
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Death Wish 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1986 (Peter Harrap)
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Beast Busters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
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Tecmo Knight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
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177 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Released: 1986 (Macadamia Soft)