They have a Perry the Sneak series of games where according to the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood:
Nickelodeon, the children's media empire, is promoting sexualized and violent video games to children as young as preschoolers. Its popular gaming website, Addictinggames.com, features games such as Candy the Naughty Cheerleader, Bloody Day ("Back alley butchering has never been so much fun. . . . How many kills can you rack?") and the Perry the Sneak series, where gamers take the role of a peeping Tom trying to catch revealing glimpses of scantily clad and naked women. Nickelodeon promotes, and links directly to, Addictinggames.com on its Nick.com website for children and even on NickJr.com, its website for preschoolers.Any defense of these games as humor needs to be rejected. Humor doesn't nullify the impact of the messages being given to children and can often allow unacceptable and dangerous beliefs to take root because they are dismissed as not serious.
The Perry the Sneak games don't include physical violence but they reinforce dangerous messages and beliefs about who boys are "naturally" and are grouped with games that are overtly violent and which connect imposing suffering and even death on other characters with the gamers personal pleasure.
Some children who learn to enjoy these games may compartmentalize this game violence, but what people view as humor, even if it doesn't increase their amount of violence, can be threatening to others as those children grow. This environment of non-safety caused by someone "just playing" or "just joking" should never be minimized or denied.
There is no way to know for sure whether those who fantasize about committing violent crimes will act out those fantasies until it is too late.
An example which comes to mind happened this week in the Twin Cities.
The University of Minnesota mortuary science student was upset and angry after breaking up with her boyfriend, and told her Facebook friends that she was "looking forward to Monday's embalming therapy. ... Give me room, lots of aggression to be taken out with a trocar [a sharp surgical instrument used in embalming]."This type of glorification of violence is deeply troubling because while this particular woman may never go from wanting to stab someone to actually doing so, dating relationships do end in violence which can include murder. This ban was lifted, but the original ban which was in place until the situation and people's safety could be evaluated was absolutely the right action for the university to take.
Now she's banned from campus because three instructors in the mortuary science program felt threatened after being made aware of her Facebook posts, prompting a police investigation.
According to the police report, Amanda Tatro, 29, followed her first posting with one that read: "I still want to stab a certain someone in the throat with a trocar though. Hmmm ... perhaps I will spend the evening updating my 'Death List #5' and making friends with the crematory guy. I do know the code ..."
"Death List #5" is a reference to the movie "Kill Bill."
When Tatro got to class Monday, she was patted down and questioned by University of Minnesota police.
All threats must be taken seriously and we cannot afford to dismiss any of them because someone doesn't understand why announcing her wish to stab someone in the throat when she is angry might make some of those around her feel unsafe.
There have been cases such as one in Washington state, where a man talked about planning to rape and murder a girl and those who heard his plans dismissed those plans as nothing more than a joke and failed to contact the police before a premeditated felony was committed. The girl survived being shot multiple times and then raped because she escaped and found someone who could help her in time, but if people didn't dismiss talk of committing violence as a joking matter that girl might have been spared that trauma of realizing how close she came to being murdered.
People learn different ways in which to respond to situations which make them angry and the media plays a role in which options feel acceptable. Those who joke about murder and who never would act out on those violent fantasies may be helping people like Travis Gillihan who have similar fantasies to go beyond just having violent fantasies and commit violent crimes. He likely told himself that he was no different from everyone else who ever expressed the wish to harm another person. Those non-violent jokesters helped him normalize his violence and that helped him turn his desire for violence into violent actions.
When it comes to sex crimes much of this harm is dismissed as not harming anyone because "it's just sex which many people enjoy." That some adults have trouble understanding the fundamental difference between experiences sexual violence and welcomed sexual interactions even when they have listened to survivors talk about their trauma makes it clear that it is dangerous to blur these lines in games directed at children.
Even victim's of peeping Tom's are harmed because their basic human rights have been violated. Some peeping Tom's go beyond non-consensual looking and normalization of boys ignoring girls and women's basic rights is very dangerous and is a contributor to violence against women.
What would be radical is to have a fun game where children are rewarded for respecting others boundaries and lose points or the game or are shown negative consequences for their character when they ignore or violate another character's boundaries.
I guess violence and violation are easier.