Most Controversial Video Games – Part 2

We’re back again with Part 2 of the Most Controversial Video Games in History. In the previous article, (Read here if you haven’t yet! LINK) I tried to talk about a few video games that you may not have heard of that stirred up quite a bit of controversy. That list included child pornography, nudity, rape, murder, and more disturbing acts on your wholesome video game consoles. Well, there are more than just those few games so let’s get back to it with some more controversial games…

BMX XXX (2002)

The slogan for this title was, “THIS IS BMX?” Well, it certainly is…with some nudity thrown in for good measure. This game was actually intended to be “Dave Mirra BMX XXX”, but once Dave Mirra was notified that there would be nudity involved in the game, he legally got his name removed from the project. The reasoning behind the nudity itself is rather interesting. Apparently it was going to just be another BMX title until production began and Acclaim thought the quality of the game was rather low. Instead of working on making the game better with better graphics and improved game play, they decided it would be just financially easier to add tits to the game and hopefully gain sales from the controversial nudity. However, the PS2 version actually censored any nudity and thus hurt a large portion of possible sales for PS2 (Sony Computer Entertainment of America refused to publish the game for the PS2 till the nudity was censored). It’s odd, to me at least, that the PS2 version would be censored but the GameCube version wasn’t. The game basically allowed you to bike around with characters that were wearing very little, and try to unlock full motion videos of nudity. The game also had its fair share of sophomoric humor. The reviews were bad, the sales were worse, and the controversy just hurt Acclaim’s image. A few other titles didn’t pan out financially as well as Acclaim would hope and they ended up having to close their doors in 2004.

 

 

V-Tech Rampage (2007) 

This one really disturbed me. I can understand making a video game and throwing in some nudity to try and gain some sales. It’s not particularly wholesome but at the end of the day, it’s not the worst thing in the world, and that’s because games like this exist. I actually found out about this game by accident by doing a report on school violence and obviously at the time the V-Tech Killings were a huge topic for discussion. I googled information about V-Tech and found this game. It’s a low rent crude flash game that lets you play as the Killer just going around killing everyone and living through the horrific day. Unlike Super Massacre RPG, I see no merit in this whatsoever. This is simple as can be, just going around killing everyone. It was just meant for shock value. It’s particularly disheartening because of the creator of the game, Ryan Lambourn, offered that if he received $2000 in donations he would remove the game, and for an additional $1000 he would even apologize for making the game in the first place. That’s just plain wrong anyway you want to look at it. Comparisons between this and Super Massacre RPG were bound to occur and so the creator of Super Massacre RPG said this,

“Inevitably, comparisons between SCMRPG and VTech Rampage are being made right now… For myself I wish to point out that SCMRPG was never a for-profit endeavor and thus I never posted statements like that which is on the VTR game’s homepage: “I will take this game down from newgrounds if the donation amount reaches $1000 US, i’ll take it down from here if it reaches $2000 US, and i will apologize if it reaches $3000 US.” This quote seems to indicate that Ryan has no intention of leaving the game up permanently or having a channel for discourse (as I have done) but instead has unfortunately chosen an artist’s statement that reads more like a hostage note… I would like to ask bloggers to consider not whether a game about the Virginia Tech shooting SHOULD be made but how we might go about making a game that accomplishes more than VTR does with the subject matter.”

 

 

Battle Raper (2002 and 2005) 

In the previous article, we discussed Rapelay, a video game about rape which was rather disturbing. Well, this is a fighting game where you beat women up… then you get to rape them. So it’s on a whole new level. The outcry to this Japanese title actually led to the creation of the Ethics Organization of Computer Software. This game allows you to beat the clothes off women, and then have forced sexual acts. The game allows you to defile, humiliate, beat, bloody, and rape women. No wonder there was an outcry, even in Japan. There was a sequel made in 2005, Battle Raper 2, but that title is slightly different. You fight the women, and if you win, then you can engage in consensual sex with them. Obviously they made the changes after the controversy from the first title, but that doesn’t change the fact that it isn’t a very good fighting game.  It’s funny that they went through the effort to eliminate rape from any part of the game, except for the title. At the end of the day, its still called BATTLE RAPER 2.

 

 

Little Big Planet (2008) 

I know what you’re thinking, “Little Big Planet… where’s the controversy? I’ve played the game. It’s fun; I didn’t see anything wrong in the game”. You would be right, because actually the controversy occurred before the game was even widely released. In the previous entries, rape, nudity, and murder simulations have been the main culprit behind the controversy. In this case, it happens to be religion. Apparently during one of the levels, a song is played in the background, “Swinging Safari”. The licensed song has lyrics that include parts of the Quran. On Sony’s Play station forum, a Muslim user said that combining parts of the Quran and pop music is offensive and that it should be removed. Sony said,

“During the review process prior to the release of Little Big Planet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Quran. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologize for any offence that this may have caused. We’ll confirm the new launch date shortly.”

The song is still in the game, but the lyrics have been removed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV5AB0AIQFU&feature=related

Here is supposedly the same song with lyrics still intact:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdWUBwhIeQs

Speaking of religious controversy in video games…

 

Muslim Massacre: The Game of Modern Religious Genocide (2008) 

“Don’t be a liberal, Download the game!” Well, just from its ad and title alone, you can surmise what the game is all about. It’s a retro style game, made for download on the PC. It’s a straight down shooter where you aim at any Muslims and kill them. It’s rather deplorable and once again probably made for shock value alone. There is no artistic merit to this whatsoever.

“Its creator Eric Vaughn called it “fun and funny” and that some players have called it a “critical commentary of U.S. foreign policy.” However, he noted that, as quoted by Murad Ahmed of The Times, “I think it’s pretending to be legitimate commentary and I’m sure there will be lots of people who defend it on those grounds, but ultimately it’s just a game where you blow the gently caress (slang for a common swear word) out of arabs.”

The game received over 100,000 downloads. However, after the controversy, the game was later taken down, and Vaughn apologized for it. He noted that his intended message was that Muslims need to stop being offended by every little thing and “if they learned how to ignore people, things would be better, and that there are people all over the world who will do things that make you mad”.

 

Well, once again that was just a few controversial video games that caused a stir. Hope you enjoyed reading. Stay Tuned!

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