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Video game violence and TV violence

by Critical Commons Manager

The hyperviolence of TV's Breaking Bad pales by comparison with the first person shooter game played by Jesse at the opening of this Season 4 episode titled "Problem Dog." While video game violence is most often used to implicate players in an amoral economy of violent actions on screen, this scene with Jesse playing the FPS game Rage is used to highlight the moral conflict he feels about having murdered one of his accomplices in the manufacture of illegal drugs in order to save his partner.

Videogame violence is coextensive with real world violence in Breaking Bad

While playing the hyper-violent first person shooter Rage, Jesse Pinkman experiences flashbacks to a similar murder he committed in the real world

from Breaking Bad S4 "Problem Dog" (2011)
Creator: Vince Gilligan
Distributor: AMC
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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