Scandals and controversies are a staple in the entertainment industry. One could even suggest that controversies are what make the world go round. Video games are no different as they are quickly becoming more popular than movies. Here is a list of games that have brought controversies to the extent of shifting the entire gaming industry towards a whole new direction.
Video games have always been linked to violence. Heck, Video games were once (falsely) described as the cause of high school mass shootings. Scientific studies have looked into the relationship between kids, violence and video games. Though, no consensus was reached on the subject, this did not stop people from pointing fingers at video games. Modern Warfare 2 made the headlines back in 2010.
For those who don’t know, you played as a deep undercover operative in a terrorist cell. This was a very sensitive subject but Modern warfare 2 decided to flip the coin and hope for the best. In the “No Russian” mission, where you head to an airport and massacre a crowd of unarmed civilians. It was a huge issue that even BBC reported on it. Infinity ward tried to fix it by making that mission skippable and even removed collectables from that area but still the damage was done. People still claimed that the game was promoting terrorism.
The amount of hype surrounding this game was legendary. When Hello games Co- founder Sean Murray presented their game in 2015’s E3 a lot of gamers were psyched up and amazed by the procedurally generated universe, so much that you could play the game for your entire life and still visit a fraction of the planets. I was convinced that this game will be the game changer for the gaming industry. Hello games presented their awesome gameplay trailer back in 2015’s E3 and they promised players that they would get a chance to discover and name planets, animals and plants. They even described the game as a kind of MMO where you could meet players but on rare occasions due to the sheer size of the game. Furthermore, there were 3 alien factions in the game that would be at war with one another and players could get caught in epic space battles. I honestly thought that this game would be like Destiny on steroids. Shock on me, the actual game was vastly different from what hello games promised.
There were no space battles, the alien factions were nowhere to be seen just most aliens were mysteriously alone. Don’t get me wrong, the game had a procedurally generated universe but most of the planets were slight variations of each other with some of the most ridiculous looking animals imaginable. This was arguably the biggest game disappointment in 2016. However, as of 2018, the game is in a much better state and many if not all of the things that were promised in 2015 have been added.
This was one of the most anticipated games from BioWare Studios in 2017.This turned out to be a major disappointment. The game had less than stellar animations and hilarious glitchy characters who had dead stares. The game was quite buggy especially with regard to facial animations resulting in a distracting overall presentation for the gamers. BioWare Montreal, the team behind the Mass Effect franchise could have produced better results. Perhaps if they had more time and resources.
The backlash from players and critics alike was almost immediate. BioWare did some damage control. Several patches helped fix the bugs but the damage was already done. This led to the downsizing of BioWare Montreal to a support studio. Most of the team members moved to EA motive, the guys who developed Star Wars Battlefront 2. The Mass Effect series right now is in limbo and we are not sure if we are ever going to get a new Mass effect title. With upcoming titles such as Anthem, it’s unlikely that Mass Effect will return.
Konami and Kojima Break up
Hideo Kojima was one of Konami’s best developers. He was the creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. He worked at Konami for over 30 years. He was working on Silent Hills with one of the biggest movie directors Guillermo Del Toro but unfortunately the decade’s long partnership with Konami ended in 2015.
The reason for the ending of the partnership was that Konami was restructuring the company which led to disagreements with Kojima. Konami silently removed Kojima’s name from any promotional materials for Metal gear solid V: Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, and Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection. P.T. was pulled from the PlayStation Store and Silent Hills was canceled.
Konami didn’t get their last laugh. Kojima started his own company Kojima Productions taking many of Konami’s best developers with him. Kojima even managed to win a Brazil game show award in 2017. His new company is working on a new upcoming IP called Death Stranding which seems to be very promising.
The ESRB or the Entertainment Software Rating Board are in charge of rating games for their content. The rating scales from E (everyone) to M (Mature). However, the ESRB is linked directly to Mortal Kombat.
Mortal Kombat was its own scandal when it was released back in 1992 on the Sega and Nintendo consoles at that time. It was unheard-of for gaming companies to publish full-on gore fighting games where you can pull each other’s spine out and have digital blood spraying everywhere. At this point ESRB did not exist so that meant even kids could play such a game. The violence in mortal Kombat created a scandal so big even Congress in United States called both Nintendo and Sega for a hearing.
Congress demanded that the gaming companies should create a universal oversight board for rating games or they would do it themselves. Since no one wanted Congress to regulate gaming, ESRB was born, thanks to Mortal Kombat.
So which of these 5 games have you played or planning to play now that you know they had their fair share of controversy. Comment below and let us know.