Rockstar Games’ 2018 action-adventure title, Red Dead Redemption 2, continues to surprise and engage players with its remarkable attention to detail and realism, recently sparking discussions about the extent to which video games should mimic reality.
In a recent Reddit thread, user Technical-Win2277 shared a disturbing in-game clip that unveiled a surprising fact about animal behaviour. The video showcases a drift (the term for a group) of pigs descending upon a dead body, eagerly devouring it. This grim detail startled many players, who were unaware of this facet of the omnivorous diet of pigs, which can include literally everything – even human anatomy.
This unsettling detail spurred a lively discussion among the gaming community. Red Dead Redemption 2 players swapped anecdotes and shared thoughts on the game’s gritty realism, including one user, PrimeAutobotXx, who wryly noted, “Remember, the chances of a pig eating you are low, but never zero.”
This isn’t the first time Rockstar’s title has shocked players with its close-to-life detail. Another such incident involved the disturbing visual consequence of shooting someone in the face in-game, which resulted in the character’s jaw gruesomely flying off – an event that can be clearly viewed in the game’s photo mode.
The vivid representation of the natural and violent world in Red Dead Redemption 2 has raised questions about the level of detail in video games. While some players appreciate the depth and authenticity it brings, others have voiced concerns that there may be a point where a game can become a bit too detailed. As the boundaries of realism in gaming continue to be pushed, this conversation is set to continue.