Ryan is a keen gamer that admits to being interested in controversial games rather than disgusted. He would much rather be shooting cops in GTA than petting a Tiger in Kinectimals.
It is safe to say that there have been many controversial moments in the history of gaming. Some involve the game simply being banned in a select country whilst others even involve betrayal and murder in the real world. Here are my personal top 3.
Modern Warfare 2- The Airport Mission
In this mission you are an undercover American agent trying to infiltrate a Russian terrorist group and in order to make them believe you are really on their side you are forced to attend an airport massacre with them where every innocent human being in sight is slaughtered. Although at no point in the mission do you have to fire on anyone without a gun it is safe to say that most people that played the mission did open fire simply because they were given a gun! Perhaps the most moving part of this mission is that you see shot victims crawling across the floor leaving blood trails behind and survivors attempting to drag their loved ones away before being shot by one of the terrorists.
The mission was an optional one and it did say that the mission contained scenes of extreme violence but a lot of people (including gamers) were asking for the point of the mission, especially as you end up being shot as they know you’re an American at the end of the mission. For me, it showed the evil of the terrorist group that were attempting to start World War 3 and it meant that at the end of the mission players simply had no sympathy at all for the group.
Anders Behring Breivik who was behind the recent Norway shooting tragedy stated that he used this mission for “practice” which is a pretty sickening thought.
Although there was a lot of outcry for this section of the game there were also many people that didn’t oppose the mission as they thought it was no different to the scenes we read in books and watch in the movies, why should games not show what sickening things happen in the world?
GTA- The Entire Series
The Grand Theft Auto series has always come under fire from the media whenever a new title is released as there is always something new in it that players can do that upsets someone. The introduction of having sex with prostitutes in Vice City was something that created a lot of controversy even though it simply involved the car bouncing up and down!
It is the most recent game in the series, GTA IV that has caused the most outcry and this is for several different reasons. The first of which comes from the city of New York itself stating that the game was a “terrorist simulator” that poorly reflected the real crime rates of city. Rockstar may have known that this was coming which is why perhaps that only included helicopters in the games rather than planes.
The second complaint came from Mothers Against Drunk Driving as gamers could go and get drunk in a bar and then attempt to drive a car. Rockstar came straight back with this one stating that Niko states every time that he shouldn’t be driving and should be getting a Taxi, it is also incredibly difficult to drive when drunk and the cops will stop you if they see you are driving when intoxicated.
Recently, the expansion packs to the game have come under scrutiny for having full male frontal nudity in the game. There have also been many murders and car thefts that the criminal claimed they were doing because of the game.
The only thing I can say about the GTA series is that none of it is supposed to be taken seriously!
You might not think of Pac-Man as being very controversial at all and arguably was nothing on the violent arcade games seen over thirty years ago but when an interview was conducted with Pac-Man creator, Toru Iwatani there is something very strange about how the design of the Pac-Man character came around in the first place.
When asking Toru where the idea came from he stated that he was sick of arcaded being packed full of men and wanted to appeal to women. He then got thinking about what kinds of things women liked and immediately thought of desserts and pizza, upon doing research into pizza he saw a whole pizza missing a slice which is where the shape comes from!
So if you think about it, the iconic video game character was formed simply by Toru thinking that all women thought about was pizza and desserts!
Bonus – Modern Warfare 3
With modern warfare 3 shipping worldwide in November there has already been a lot of controversy in the media about one of the missions. The London mission features a section where a lot of the fighting takes place on the London Underground and within this explosions are seen going off all over the place. Many people are stating that this is a bit of an insult to the 7/7 bombings that occurred in 2005.
Everyone expected Modern Warfare 3 to upset some people but I don’t think that this section of the game has really been made to upset anyone; they are trying show what would happen if WW3 was being fought in London!