Doomed to be controversial forever!
The gaming industry has been dating controversy since the very beginning. From parents complaining that games rot the minds of their children to several media outlets blaming games for the violent nature of our society, the complaints against the gaming industry have worried us all. There have been numerous controversies about games regarding sex, race, religion, politics, and violence.
Gamemela brings to you 8 controversies revolving around your most favorite games.
The notorious ‘Hot Coffee’ mod has taught the gaming industry a very valuable lesson and that is not to leave a naughty code disabled, even if it is well-hidden.
As a result of this mod, the hidden content forced the game to be re-rated as ‘Adults only’. A decision that brought about a pricey headache of re-issuing the game after removing the offending content
2. Mortal Kombat
The detailed and gruesome graphic violence featured in Mortal Kombat is the object of the controversy. So were the Fatalities used by the players. (Fatalities: Elaborate finishing moves to execute and kill at the end of the match)
However, Mortal Kombat still remains as one of the most popular fighting game franchises in the world. The controversy surrounding its content has not hurt the game in any way.
3. Manhunt and Manhunt 2:
Playing an escaped criminal who takes part in a cruelly violent reality show, the goal of the game is not only to survive, but to kill others in terrible ways. What more, the more gruesome your kill is, the better you score.
Hence, the game caused quite a stir. But the game was completely overshadowed by its sequel. Manhunt 2 was rated by many as being the most violent video game ever made and it earned an extremely rare Adults Only (AO) rating.
4. Resident Evil 5
When the trailer for Resident Evil 5 was released, there were several claims that the game was racist despite it being just a preview. Several critics raised issues on how the enemies were only black and not racially diverse. However, when the actual game released, it had a mixed race of enemies and organizations.
5. Doom (1993)
Apart from being labeled as one of the most significant games of all time, Doom has also got its fame for its depictions of gore and satanic imagery. In many cases, Doom has been described as a “mass murder simulator” for its extremely realistic killing scenarios.
Did you know?
What really sparked heavy criticism for the game is the incident of the Columbine high school massacre in 1999 in the Unites States of America. The 2 high-school students responsible for the massacre were Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. They were known to be avid Doom players and had used the game to train before committing the brutal act. Eric had said it would be “like playing Doom”. Plus, Eric’s nickname- Reb, was inspired by a character in Doom, whose goal was to kill more and more.
6. Tomb Raider
An unauthorized software patch nicknamed “Nude Raider” was created by fans. This patch allowed the players to play as a graphically nude version of Lara Croft. There existed one scene in the game where Lara Croft is about to be sexually assaulted by a scavenger who forces her to fight back and kill him to save herself.
Released in May, Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer shooter that includes a number of unique characters, and matches. Some players found that the victory pose for one character-Tracer was extremely sexual and had reduced her character to a sex symbol. However, after the issue was raised, Blizzard removed the offending pose and replaced it with a pin-up model-inspired pose
8. Pokémon Go
Released in June, Pokémon Go has already gained major controversy after the game allegedly inspired a few criminals to commit robberies using the augmented reality feature. The news reported that the geo-location feature was used by robbers to find and capture victims. There have also been several accident cases from around the world due to the game.