Not too long ago I had the chance to play the new Mortal Kombat video game. The title of it is Mortal Kombat (or MK 9). As I destroyed one friend after another with the big homie, Sub-Zero, I started to realize that there was something different about the game. The game was violent by nature but for some reason or another it just didn't SEEM violent to me any more. After I had passed the controller (after having voluntarily retired for lack of competition) one of the people who owned the game finished someone with a fatality where their body was turned into a skeleton standing in a puddle of human soup. Sitting there made me realize that maybe violence doesn't affect me that much anymore; at least Mortal Kombat style violence. The kind of violence that is starting to get to me more and more nowadays is the violence that we see in the crushing of protests around the world. The vocal outrage over violence in games still raises its head every once in a while but I see a major problem with our half-hearted condemnations of violence in real life. I guess when only American lives are at stake does violence become an atrocity worth preventing. Other than that it is largely ignored or worse, underreported.