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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
1993
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Splatterhouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
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Wolfenstein 3D is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
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Grand Theft Auto III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
fearnothing1121 added
2003
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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Jan 01 1984
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Carmageddon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Marek Gackiewicz added
1997
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Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
JamesHollan added
1996
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
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Smash TV is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Smash TV
1990
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Chiller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Jan 01 1986
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Narc is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Narc
1988
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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Jan 01 1983
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Harvester is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Aug 31 1996
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Ripper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
JamesHollan added
Feb 29 1996
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Barbarian: The Ultimate ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
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Night Trap is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Oct 15 1992
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Death Race is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Jan 01 1976
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Jack the Ripper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Jack the Ripper
Jan 01 1987
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Go to Hell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Go to Hell
1985
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Custer's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Oct 13 1982
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Death Wish 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Jan 01 1986
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Beast Busters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Jan 01 1989
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177 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games
Jan 01 1986
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Tecmo Knight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Violent Classic Video Games