The November 2011 show is drawing near. Let's kick off the pre-show with the list of our Top-10 Controversial/Banned Games. And we left out a real obvious one!
Conkers Bad Fur Day - N64
Chiller - Arcade/NES
DOOM - Multi Platform
Splatterhouse - Muti Platform
Leisure Suit Larry - Magna Cum Laude
Dead or Alive Series - Multi Platform
Death Race - NES
Night Trap - Multi Platform
Football Manager 2005
Mortal Kombat - Genesis Red Blood Edition
Really wish I could vote for Thrill Kill... sigh. The game was actually pretty fun if you're a little twisted.
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Funny thing is that I am as twisted as you can get, but Thrill Kill bored me to death, I wanted to like it but it came off like mannequin the movie on steroids.
I voted for Night Trap. Not because it was truly controversial but because it showed how out of touch the Senate (or maybe it was the House) is with reality. The purpose of the game (as it was told to the members of Congress) was to try to catch and murder scantily clad teenage girls. The true purpose was to try to save the girls from the dangerous invaders of their house. However, member of Congress did not bother to play the game for themselves, they just took the word of their aides as the truth about the game.
SO many good choices.
Splatterhouse should be near the top. A local pizza parlor had that game for a month before customer complaints forced them to get rid of it. Funny thing is the cabinet was really generic, a plain red cabinet with a crappy marquee, definately not the original cab.
Conker, just for the history. He started out as a cutesy character for Diddy Kong Racing and turned in to...........holy crap!
Chiller I have on the NES. The ONLY game on the system to support 2 light guns at the same time! Kinda pointless violence, but can be fun at times.
Magna Cum Laude was an insult to the original series.
Doom.....I dunno. My parents never saw the satanic references, but really, you are a good guy killing bad guys. Like Splatterhouse.
Football Manager 2005?
NONE of these games are all that controversial to me personally growing up before easy access to the internet (I consider the BBS as the internet, which I fully had access to. But it IS different.) ...
I'm fully aware of the controversy of each and every one of these games ... but when I was younger I played all these. I didn't see the big deal, even though I heard about it. Especially with Night Trap and Mortal Kombat.
But I wasn't held back on the horrors that one could see on screen. The very first Freddy movie I ever saw ... I ruined it for myself by watching one of those "the making of" shows. I saw Robocop before that with the lead character getting chunks blown off of him and whatnot. These movies didn't seem controversial to me personally just because I roughly knew how they were doing it. lol
For example, I saw the other Nightmare on Elm Street movies, and a lot of the kills ... I kinda knew how they were doing it behind the scenes in my head. I CAN'T watch a lot of horror movies nowadays because I bear those facts in mind. The same goes for games. I don't see the controversy ... I just see a bunch of pixels and animation reacting to a button press. That's the way I've always seen it.
I can fully understand the controversy in war style games (see Eric Campbell's fucking awesome article in the blogs) ... but the majority of those weren't outright banned to the extent of of what this list offers. What this list offers is, a lot of the time, some hardcore fundamentalist Christian whining about something they can't do anything about who ACTUALLY thinks the world and the universe is roughly 4 to 6 THOUSAND years old due to a work of ... albeit EXCELLENT ... fiction. heh
I just don't know what to vote for on here though ... I'm half tempted just to change it in MY mind to the best game, which would be Doom. :P
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Anyway, I'll agree with Dhalamar, None of these games are controversial in comparison to something like Sierra's Phantasmagoria. The first, and possible the only game to have a rape scene in it. Reason for bringing this up was that a friend an I really like 7th Guest on the PC, and somehow a video for Phantasmagoria appeared in my friends Dad's magazine cover CDs and was so disgraced with what he saw he told everyone he knew to prevent people from getting this game and wrote a complaint to both Sierra and the Magazine publisher. I have no idea what he got in return, but looking back it though, now I've seen clips of the game on Youtube, if I was a kid playing this, I would've shitted myself, lol.
No doubt, Phantasmagoria gets my vote for the best "horrific" game ever, rape, murder, torture, it was off the chart and should be more controversial than any of these. But, it sailed under the radar for the most part, I bought it in an Army base store, recommended it to a friend back in the U.S. and as I recall he bought it at Walmart. Nobody waved it around yelling and screaming like they did for nightrap. It was a tough call between that and Conkers for me but Conkers made my pic list for reasons you will hear.
Wow, Phantasmagoria slipped under the radar, IMO it would be my only pick since how brutal that game was, it makes the rest of that list look childish, lol.
The reason why I wouldn't pick Conker is because of the time it came out, you Had shows like South Park with a similar use of black humour, and by the time it came out it wasn't yelled about as much as South Park did. If I was going to pick any of these games on the List, it would be Mortal Kombat. As far as I can remember, MK was the reason behind how ELSPA started, the previous UK and European games rating system, I remember it was mentioned on an episode of Games TV show called Bad influence about how they were going to rate games the same way that films did, and as far as I remember I recall that Bad Influence said that MK2 would receive a 10+ rating, and I believe it actually received a 15+ rating.