Publication date September 27, 2021
Top 5 Controversial Games of recent time!
Got an insatiable itch for controversies? Cool, we dig it too. 😉 I mean watching people blame Kylie Jenner’s lip fillers for their own insecurities - wasn’t that a treat?
Similarly, the gaming industry has been consistently blamed for one too many real-world problems, some of which are as bizarre as felonies and crimes. So, how many of these are justified? Let’s be judgy and break down the top 5 games that got people really riled up!
Grand Theft Auto IV
A Grand Theft Auto game kinda comes with controversy, doesn’t it? They should include that in their manual. But the funniest protest was from one of New York’s councilmen who felt basing such a violent game in "the safest city in the world" would tarnish New York’s image. Yep, safe and New York in one sentence – what the what?
The Fallout 3 controversy was one of the few controversies limited to one country – India. A Lil background check before we dive in: People in most parts of India believe cows to be sacred, and although not illegal, Indians in general frown upon the slaughtering of the same. Also, note that Brahminism is one of the oldest Hindu communities that uphold the very belief.
Coming back to the game, it takes place in a Post-Apocalyptic abandoned land, and the players are encouraged to shoot mutated cows conveniently named Brahmins in their skulls. Right before the game could release in the country, Microsoft took a sharp U-turn and made sure the game never made it here “officially” citing cultural reasons. This triggered gamers from all over the country to anyway import the game in the days to come. It’s a Lil too late to back off Microsoft!
In BioShock, you got to make a choice of either harvesting or saving Rapture’s Little Sisters. Through the course of the game, you’ll realize that Raptor’s Little Sisters weren’t even humans even though they look like innocent little girls. Of course, the gaming community didn’t pay much heed to this intentional and clever disguise but according to Boston Patriot-Ledger, BioShock was "crossing the fine line between violent games and real-life gore via psychologically demeaning thoughts involving the slaughter of young girls."
Six days in Fallulah
Six Days in Fallujah was designed to be a shooter game allowing players to virtually experience the heinous ordeal of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah from a US marine perspective for over six days. Like every other game in this list, the concept created a huge backlash – but this time it wasn’t the politicians or the theists, the hit came from the veterans themselves. The backlash turned out to be very expensive and without funding, Atomic Games eventually shut shop.
Oops, the veterans! Not a community you wanna mess with huh?
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 2 is easily one of the bone-chilling games ever and frankly had many players on the edge of their seats through most part of it. Somewhere between exploring the creepy mansion and hiding from evil, you run into the Pyramid Head doing…things to two female mannequins. Guess Silent Hill 2 took it a bit too far, this was deemed scarring even for a genre like this. However, when the recent HD version of the game was released, the unspeakable scene was subtly removed with no acknowledgment. Well, you can’t un-see what you saw.
And that’s a wrap to the most controversial segment of the most controversial games in recent times. Do you think the themes were too dark for the gaming community? Or were grown people just being babies? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!