Controversial Video Games Part III
Six Days in Fallujah was a war game based around Operation Iraqi Freedom. The controversy over the Iraq war and recency of the events angered many, including war veterans and peace advocacy organizations. Some war veterans found it offensive and flippant that the game would be based on a war that was not only recent, but still going on.
An optional "sexual encounter" in Mass Effect sparked outrage: Conservative blogger Kevin McCullough alleged players were allowed to rape and sodomize characters in whatever way they wanted. Fox News picked up the story on a segment called "SE'XBOX" and claimed the scene involved full on pornographic sex. Psychologist and author Cooper Lawrence claimed the game objectified women and allowed the player to be with as many women as he wanted.
However, Electronic Arts, the maker of the game, responded saying that Fox's story contained "serious errors," and some who had spoken out against the game later retracted their criticisms. played the game.
Custer's Revenge is an old "pornographic" Atari 2600 game that lacked the graphic realism of later video games, but included sexism, racism and rape. In the game, a Caucasian cowboy dressed in only a cowboy hat, bandanna, and boots (and depicted with an erection) makes his way across the screen to rape a Native American woman. The game was seen to encourage rape as the back of the packaging reads, "she's not about to take it lying down, by George! Help is on the way." The game was widely panned by critics.
The Grand Theft Auto series has sparked controversy, criticism, and even lawsuits for its violence, sexual content, and graphic imagery. The 2008 and 2009 version of the Gamer's Edition of the Guinness World Records listed it the 'most controversial videogame series in history, with over 4,000 articles published about it, which include accusations of glamorizing violence, corrupting gamers, and connection to real life crimes.' The Hot Coffee mod (shown here) allowed players of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to engage in a 'minigame' in which the main character and his girlfriend are shown having sexual intercourse
The PR team for Dante's Inferno launched a "Circles of Hell" PR campaign, but the "lust" concept was by far the most controversial.
The poorly-chosen wording was viewed by critics as encouraging convention-goers to harass "booth babes" at Comic Con. Ars Technica wrote, "if you commit "an act of lust" with an EA booth babe and take a picture, you could win dinner with said babes, as well as a great big pile of prizes related to the upcoming Dante's Inferno."
EA apologized via their Twitter feed, saying they had only meant the wording "tongue-in-cheek."
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