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They say videogames desensitize people to violence. Well, I'm about 28 hours into the playing of The Godfather for Xbox 360 and have to say that after beating hundreds of people to death with bats, tire irons, and golf clubs; torching goombahs with molotov cocktails and watching them writhe and scream in pain; shoving people off ledges; strangling them with garrotes; running over civilians and enemy gang members with 1940s-style cars; backing over the same with my car; crippling folk with gunshots to the shoulders and knees; capping them execution-style with shots to the face at point-blank range; and blowing them up with dynamite and bombs that I was so stricken I simply couldn't finish a third helping of Cookie Crisp today.

Not at all.