I absolutely agree that the fatality you described is completely in bad taste. Horrible taste. No, TASTELESS. Just fucked up beyond belief. I don't want to play that game. I don't ever want to see that. I'm not buying this new Mortal Kombat, and I will enthusiastically try to convince anyone who is buying the game that they shouldn't, mostly on the bad taste and judgement the makers of this game displayed.
And that's how I think it should be.
I think the supreme court decision is still right though. Just because selling MK to a child is not a criminal offense doesn't mean every retailer is falling over themselves to push this violent, idiotic product onto children.
I just don't want people deciding that showing violence to children is illegal. Already after we're completely saturated in it everywhere. If we made showing violent videogames to children a crime, then we HAVE to follow up with movies and books. Then we have this huge "banned for children" media list rolling around, accreting who knows what.
I just don't think it's that dangerous. I don't want people able to sell my child alcohol because it may endanger and harm him. But having him watch that fatality, while EXTREMELY unfavorable, won't kill him. Probably scare and disgust this hell out of him and give him nightmares, which is why I won't ever let him see it, but I don't view it as imminent harm.
I think as a community we can self regulate good taste. Human Centipede was a movie that totally got made, and is totally legal for our children to buy. But I haven't really heard of a rash of kids getting a hold of it and watching it, probably because a decent portion of our community wouldn't even waste their time acquiring that movie.
As for violence versus sex: We've gone overboard for what we consider sexual obscenity. full on closeup hardcore pornography is, a woman breastfeeding isn't. That doesn't matter though because there's a prevailing belief that showing ANY naughty part automatically makes something pornography. See the superbowl wardrobe malfunction. We need to ease up on our definition for sexual obscenity otherwise the arguments against regulating and child-banning media lose credibility