The video game industry has had its fair share of controversial games.
Here are ten of the most controversial games of all time. These controversial games have pushed the limit and went down in history for doing so. Be it due to violence, sexual content or just being so outrageous that people could not play them.
If you look at Manhunt, you would think it was just another horror game and compared to today’s standards, it is. But back in the 2000s, this game was not something people wanted to see or experience. It was not because it was scary, but mainly due to the fact that you played as a serial killer and you had to kill people. The worst part was that the murders were extremely graphic, especially for the 2000s. Manhunt is one of the most violent and controversial games ever made and still today playing it could make you feel a bit uncomfortable. The game was banned in multiple countries due to this and will always be known for its drama.
Grand Theft Auto Series
It is hard to nail down just which GTA game takes the cake when it comes to controversy. Every one of these controversial games have some sort of drama surrounding them. If it is not Lindsey Lohan suing Rockstar because she thought she was included in GTA V as a celeb who gets caught on camera having anal sex, it is the hidden sex game in GTA San Andreas that had parents in an uproar when they discovered their kids could play a mini-game while having sex with a prostitute in the game. The list goes on and the Grand Theft Auto series will never attempt to play it safe. The drugs, the sex, the violence and the complete lack of respect. That is what GTA is all about and all that makes these controversial games so popular.
Though it may seem like an innocent, badly designed game, Custer’s Revenge was actually a pretty disgusting one. Released back in 1982 on the Atari 2600, the game is probably one of the most offensive and controversial games to ever release, ever. Set in the American frontier, players had to find a way to get characters across a field while boasting a fully-erect penis. As you try to get to the end, arrows, cactus, and other deadly things try to kill you. However, if you managed to get to the end, you would find a Native American girl tied to a pole.
When you have a game that’s sole purpose is for players to engage in a “genocide crusade” in New York City, you know it is never going to end well. Hatred was just that. You walked around and killed everything and everyone you could. Why was the game made, you may be asking yourself? Well, according to the developers, it was made to challenge the aesthetics of video game trends such as political correctness, vivid colours, and games as art. It was gory and brutal that it was actually given an AO (Adults Only) rating and even pulled off Steam for a while. You can buy it today for super cheap but you need to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.
Leisure Suit Larry Series
The Leisure Suit Larry series would never survive today’s sensitive world. Even when it was first released, it struggled to gain fans. Everything about the series is just wrong. You play as Larry, as he tries to score girls and have sex with as many women as possible. It is basically a misogynistic’s dream. Females in the series are seen as nothing more than sex objects and they are portrayed as the most cliche characters you could ever imagine. These controversial games are popular for all the wrong reasons.
Duke Nukem 3D
Duke Nukem 3D was one of the first FPS games back in the early 90s to create drama. This, alongside DOOM and Wolfenstein 3D. Duke Nukem 3D suffered the same hate that the Leisure Suit Larry series suffered, where every female in the game was depicted as either a helpless prisoner of the aliens or a sex worker. Yes, no female was given any sort of role that actually mattered. The prisoners where being used as sex slaves to the aliens and the sex workers were found in strip clubs and you could even tip them and they would flash you. It was funny for some, but for others offensive.
Did you know that the ESRB, those guys that rate games before release, was actually formed due to the release of Mortal Kombat? Well, this is true. Back in 1993 Mortal Kombat was released and people loved it and hated it. Mainly due to the crazy and gory finishing moves that made your stomach turn, such as knocking off heads, pulling our spinal cords and whipping you with them and much more. Parents and government officials rallied in protest against the game and the outrage caused the gaming industry to form a regulation committee to rate games so kids could not buy them again without knowing how bad they were.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty used to be much more out there than it is now, especially back when Modern Warfare 2 was released. One particular scene in Modern Warfare will be remembered forever. You enter an airport undercover as a terrorist and open fire on hundreds of people killing them. It was crazy and it sparked outrage. So much so that the game had to be censored in Japan and Germany due to the intense graphic gore during the scene. In Russia, it was completely removed from the game. In other parts of the world, the game warned you about the scene and asked you if you wanted to play it or not. Yes, it was that bad.
Rockstar has now taken up three spots on this list and the last one is Bully. If you thought there could be no controversy about a high school then think again. Bully came under fire when it was revealed that it was much more open than people thought. This meant that you as the main character could fondle with the boys and girls in the game without ever deciding on a sexual orientation. It also created problems for parents who believed that the game was teaching their kids to experiment at a young age. Beyond the sexual nature of the game, the story also showed the main character being a complete brat, bully and causing havoc at his school, something again which parents were not happy about at all.
The first Postal game was out there but when it came to its sequel the drama really hit the fan. It was dubbed as THE “hyper violence” game and saw players commit mass murders of hundreds of civilians. Among them were different races and even gay men which sparked outcry about the racist, sexist and homophobic themes present in the game. Several countries banned the sale of Postal 2 and even New Zealand made it illegal to own it in any shape or form. You were fined $1400 if you had it in your possession.
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