Friday, October 28, 2011

Gaming Smut, Filth And Depravity - A Top 10

Gaming stirs up a fair amount of controversy and it’s safe to say that it has stolen more than its share of column inches. From Custer’s Revenge and Leisure Suit Larry to the more depraved releases such as Rapelay, there has been some pretty questionable subject matter over the years (check out our Bad Taste Gaming article after the jump).

The likes of Jack Thompson and Carol Lieberman are forever blaming games for the state of society, and highlighting the fact that perpetrators of crimes may once have played Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty. Still, for us level headed gamers, sex, violence and video games are a perfect combo that don’t make us want to go out and perform some heinous act.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you our ten picks of some of the games that contain their fair share of naughtiness.


10 - Dirty magazines - Deus Ex: Human Revolution
When not hugging walls or crawling through ventilation shafts, there are plenty of opportunities for everyone’s favourite augmented protagonist to get some light relief by sifting through the endless pile of dirty magazines that litter Detroit, Montreal and Shanghai. Good to see that even in the near future, the ailing magazine industry is still going strong though! Jensen and Solid Snake had a lot in common, eh?



9 - Hot Coffee - GTA: San Andreas
This hidden minigame caused a huge furore when it came to light, with CJ and his beloved getting down and dirty. Rockstar’s game may have been aimed at a mature audience but the inclusion of sexual intercourse didn’t go down too well - oo er.

8 - Toilet humour -
Duke Nukem Forever

Duke didn’t waste much time in raising a few eyebrows upon his recent return. Earning the Turd Burgler achievement in his latest game distracted our hero from making lewd comments, taking steroids and getting hammered for a few minutes and instead saw him reach into a toilet and take a turd. That’s plenty to get the industry’s critics moaning.

7 - Gratuitous violence - Manhunt
Now how could tracking down enemies and dispatching them in uber-violent ways upset anyone? I know, right? Some people will moan at anything - but apparently, there were quite a few politically-correct people out there who didn’t like the idea of extreme executions. It resulted in the game getting banned in numerous countries. Spoilsports!

6 - Full frontal nudity - GTA IV
As if this epic sandbox title didn’t get enough people moaning, The Lost and Damned contained full frontal nudity. And not the good, female kind! ...And that’s not to mention the strippers and hookers who make an appearance in the game too.

5 - Having alone time - Beat ‘Em & Eat ‘Em

In the early 1980s, the developer Mystique released a series of adult porn games. Custer’s Revenge is perhaps its most infamous title but Beat ‘Em & Eat ‘Em from 1982 was the title that beggared belief the most. The premise is simple; some guy is sitting atop a building and pleasuring himself, while two women that you control run about below hoping to gobble the fruits of his labour. Certainly, this game was an acquired taste!

4 - Profanity - Mafia II
Mafia II almost didn’t register on my radar when it came out but fortunately those of us who did pick up a copy were greeted with an involving and hugely entertaining romp through Empire Bay in 1940s America. It wasn’t for the faint-hearted, however... with the characters spewing all manner of profanity from their lips over the course of the game. It proudly holds the record for using the word f*ck more than any other with 397 mentions, according to Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition. If that's not enough to get people riled, there’s also an achievement for finding all the hidden Playboy magazines littered about the map!

3 - Nudity - The Saboteur
The Second World War has spawned more games than probably any other period in history. From the Call of Duty’s to the Brothers In Arms games, they’re always gritty affairs that highlight the nastiness and violence of conflict. Perhaps then, this is why the developers of The Saboteur decided to make the subject matter a little more appealing by making a DLC code available that not only increased the number of brothels you could wander in to but also stripped the ladies within these premises of their tops.

2 - Tasteless violence - Modern Warfare 2
A game about shooting people is always going to court controversy but a mission where the objective is to slay innocent civilians ensured Modern Warfare 2 would dominate the headlines for some time after its launch. Sure there was a warning that popped up on your screen that suggested those of a nervous disposition skip the mission... but intrigue got the better of most of us and we carried on regardless, walking through that airport and gunning down helpless civilians to maintain our cover. In the current climate, this was perhaps a step too far for gaming?

1 - Lady cadaver - L.A. Noire
Any game so heavily influenced by James Ellroy and his understandable Black Dahlia obsession is bound to have a few uncomfortable moments (see review). An early case in which you discover the torn off underwear of an underage starlet tips you off that this isn’t going to be a comfortable police procedural, but it’s your stint on the murder desk that’s really uncomfortable - three consecutive cases start with you inspecting the fully exposed and horribly mutilated bodies of a number of women. Oh well, at least you don’t have to make the ‘y’ cuts yourself. Maybe there’s scope for a Coroner’s Autopsy DLC...

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