Trackmania developer Nadeo don't believe that violent games are in keeping with the "spirit" of gaming, they said to us in an interview.
Managing Director Florent Castelnérac made a point of highlighting how their new FPS create & play title, Shootmania, is not a 'violent' game. When asked about this, he said:
"Gaming is about linking people together from different nations… having people playing together; with themes like terrorism/counter terrorism… it’s the complete opposite of the ‘spirit’ of gaming.”
Castelnérac is concerned that violence is promoted too easily these days, making the issue not seem as important as it should be.
"It’s similar in the games industry. I’m not against restricting anything, but we wanted to provide an alternative. If the games industry says “Its ok, violent games aren’t an issue”, sure, but if there are ONLY violent games, then it becomes an issue."
"But no one really wanted to design AK-47’s or anything; it’s not really the culture of the studio."
You can read the rest of the interview.