From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

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From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by NickThorpe » Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:26 pm

It's time for the mailbag section to be filled with your words - this time, we'd like you to recall your favourite gaming controversies. This can be anything from media sensationalism over Night Trap and Mortal Kombat to Acclaim trying to get people to call their babies Turok - anything that left people having to backtrack and apologise a bit. As usual, a selection will be printed in the mag. Cheers!
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Post by Mayhem » Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:37 pm

I'm guessing Gamergate is off the table here? ;)

Mortal Kombat was arguably one of the most influential, as that (and Night Trap in a way) what led to the US adopting the age rating system. And Pokemon has had just about everything levelled at it.

As for my own thoughts, some that spring to mind are some of the strangest and stupidest. BMX XXX (because hey, tits are worse than shooting someone in the head!), Portal 2 (can you make a joke about adoption?), Mass Effect (explicit sex scenes, not!), and Battlefield 3 (as a rat's life is worth a 1000 humans to PETA).
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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by Belgarath » Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:46 pm

I vaguely remember Last Ninja I think it was.. being taken off the shelves at WH Smith because it came with a plastic shuriken.

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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by David » Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:52 pm

what about the months of hype and over the top previews for rise of the robots from magazines who had clearly had a bung from the developers

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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by Bub&Bob » Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:59 pm

The Great Giana Sisters & Katakis controversies springs to mind.

Not to mention some of the titillating advertising back in the day including Game Over, Psycho Pigs UXB and Barbarian
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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by David » Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:43 pm

NINTENDO KILLED MY SON

and other ridiculous tabloid headlines in the 90s claiming that flashing video game screens would kill you

apparently sonic 2's bonus level was more dangerous than heroin

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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by joefish » Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:49 pm

Clive Sinclair beating Chris Curry with a rolled up newspaper and getting them both thrown out of The Baron of Beef in Cambridge back in 1983 - happy days!

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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by ncf1 » Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:29 am

I remember Carmageddon causing quite a big stir at the time, even causing debates and such in parliament. Not too far down the track and we have GTA V, riddled with the absolute extremities of profanity and violence and nobody bats an eyelid. Unbelievable what has transpired in such a short period of time.

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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by kiwimike » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:24 am

Barbarian n boob ads. Gotta be my fave... has boobs in it :)

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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by ArchaicKoala » Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:02 pm

That original xbox advert "Life Is Short" Didn't half cause a storm did it? :lol:
At the time I liked it but looking back I can see why it was banned


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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by Confessor » Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:35 pm

Retrogamer advertising sexy girls stuff for years :mrgreen:

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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by Retrobussola » Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:10 pm

One of the most famous is the one related to Manhunt. Months of discussions on a game (in some countries is banned still today) that for me is just pure violence. I'm not a puritan, but honestly I don't understand Its meaning. Probably I'm too old for this.

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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by joefish » Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:47 pm

Confessor wrote:Retrogamer advertising sexy girls stuff for years :mrgreen:
Yes - how dare they drop all those thumbnail sexy pics, just because they got popular... :evil: :lol:

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Post by merman » Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:33 pm

Belgarath wrote:I vaguely remember Last Ninja I think it was.. being taken off the shelves at WH Smith because it came with a plastic shuriken.
Last Ninja 2 banned from Boots...
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Re: From The Forum issue 149 - Controversies

Post by NickThorpe » Sat Oct 31, 2015 1:53 am

Mayhem wrote:I'm guessing Gamergate is off the table here? ;)
Consider it so far off the table that not only has it left the dining room, but the house, the town and the country also. It is floating somewhere in the sea, with no chance of rescue.
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