• Panzerdrako - May 22, 2014 4:36 a.m.

    btw, birdo is male, female, shemale....?
  • peaceful765 - February 12, 2014 1:18 a.m.

    The Guy Game on the ps2, xbox and Pc was controversial for having topless pictures of a real, not virtual, 17 year old girl.
  • BladedFalcon - February 12, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    The problem I saw (And still see) with the sudden inclusion of homosexual relationships in ME3, is because it felt tacked on, and not something that was consistent with the original vision and story of the game. If it had been, then there would have been full on homosexual relationships from the start. (like it is in Dragon Age, and as far as I know, no one made an uproar in that series.) As it stands, it felt like a forced thing, specially when you take into account that back then EA was making a big deal about their games "being inclusive to all sexual orientations!" as a PR stunt to gain good will. So it's fair to say that making Shepard suddenly "gay" was less of a genuine creative need , and more a corporate decision, and that's what bothered and annoyed me.
  • TheGooseinator - June 6, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    Well, you have to admit it was progressive for them to add it in. If anything, it should've been there from the beginning.
  • BladedFalcon - June 6, 2014 4:06 p.m.

    Never said it shouldn't have, and yeah, had that been the case, I assure you not many would have bat an eyelid, just like no one did when DA2 had homosexual relationships because they were present ever since DA: origins. But ME and ME2 didn't start that way, so magically changing a main character's potential preferences without a true story explanation feels forced and silly.
  • AgentSmith2518 - February 11, 2014 10:05 p.m.

    I've NEVER understood the reaction over Tomb Raider. Movies show rape all the time, and this game shows a guy that just attempts at it (barely shows at that) and people freak out. It's not like YOUR character is the one doing it, it's the bad guy. I am fed up with the fact that games have to be treated differently than movies when it comes to content.
  • Monday - February 15, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    always a male who doesn't fucking understand! typical.
  • taokaka - February 11, 2014 6:51 p.m.

    There are a couple of stupid scandals which happened in Australia I've mentioned before on this site but I'll say them again. The first is dead or alive dimensions which shipped with a PG rating, the characters ages were unavailable in the Australian version but once the rating board found out that the japanese version listed some of the characters as 16 and that meant in the camera mode you could look up the skirt of 16 year olds. The rating board called for the product to be pulled from the shelf and then redistributed with an MA15+ rating, why? Who knows The second example is atelier totori plus, one of Australia's first games to get our R18 rating, why did it get the 18+ rating? Because it had alternate swimsuit costumes for underage girls!!!!!! The moral of the story is young people cannot look upon the body of digital girls their own age, it's only ok for pedos to look at young girls in swimsuits.
  • Rub3z - February 12, 2014 10:21 p.m.

    That is really strange, especially considering, y'know, they're digital. Their supposed "age" is just a number, a line of code, a descriptor attached to an in-program object. The whole thing wouldn't even come up if these completely digital entities just had one number typed to be an "8" as opposed to a "6". That last point is hilariously paradoxical as well, limiting the the sale of this kind of content to adults only just sends another messed up message entirely. Because if the girl depicted in question is actual, and therefore actually underage, then the content can be legally distributed to nobody. Funny how that works.
  • Sjoeki - February 11, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    Somehow these guys never noticed the games that Quantic Dreams creates, I guess. It's just very irritating that almost none of them check to see if what they are saying is true. I remember that whole Sexbox scandal with mass effect, where the reporter claimed you had no option but to have sex with aliens. I'm not going, or want, to defend games like rapelay and custers revenge because those games are just wrong. But games like fahrenheit or mass effect? I don't see the problem with optional romance.
  • wingsdjy - February 11, 2014 10:41 a.m.

    Re: Quantic Dreams The NA edited version of Indigo Prophecy was the first thing I thought of when I saw this headline. Surprised at its omission.
  • MeanwhileGuy - February 11, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Custer and Rapelay are both offensive in that they explicitly depict rape, which is never ok. The GTA thing is just childish and immature (just like the rest of the series. The reaction to that scene in Tomb Raider I never understood, there are much, MUCH worse examples spread across media. It's just an old, tired trope that whenever a female character is restrained, someone will want to force her. The depiction of sex in Mass Effect is one of the better portrayals in games, and I personally applaud Bioware for allowing relationships of all types, especially the same sex ones. If you were one of the people spouting ignorant crap at the inclusion of homosexual relationships, your opinion isn't worthy of being listened to, and you don't deserve to play the games, simple as that. Plus the American media's attitude to sex is medieval, it's just the human body, what's wrong with that?
  • SolidEye - February 11, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    Much like how your opinion is as useless as fallopian tubes on a lesbian then?
  • Rub3z - February 12, 2014 10:23 p.m.

    "Is every woman who refuses to have sex with you a lesbian?" "No, I've had sex with plenty of lesbians."
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - February 11, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    If you read the article, you'd know that the developer himself said that Lara Croft escapes rape. Square-Enix can deny it all they want, but he's the one who actually made the game and that was his intention. What's a tired trope is the use of rape as pseudo-character devolopement for women in nerd culture. I would say comics are the most guilty of this. Watchmen and The Killing Joke come to mind. I suspect it's because the nerds who make video games know nothing about women. That's why I think it's important that more women join the video game industry
  • JMarsella09 - February 11, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    Sit down friends, allow me to tell you the story of a game called Rule of Rose. The Minister of Education in Poland went on a tirade for its supposed sexuality. The European Union justice minister, attack the game with such vigor, that the entire PEGI system was called into question. A number of French deputies asked for the Rule of Rose to be banned for sale, claiming that the goal of the game was to "rape, beat up and kill a little girl". Eventually the game was banned in the UK and Oceania. In reality, the game's "sexual themes" are nothing more then a few deep curtsies, and a few hints at a much older girl. This is just another case of the media finding something that isn't there. A shame really; the game's a masterpiece.
  • horrorfinatic - February 11, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    Or it would be a masterpiece if the gameplay wasn't completely broken.
  • JMarsella09 - February 11, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    Very true. Your enjoyment of the game depends entirely on how much you care about gameplay. For me, story and presentation are the most important thing in a game, and I loved Rule of Rose's so much that I can overlook the terrible gameplay.
  • GR_AndyHartup - February 11, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    Yeah, now you mention it, I remember all the madness around Rule of Rose. Totally slipped my mind. Really good suggestion!
  • horrorfinatic - February 11, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    Saying that Custard had sex with the Indian makes it sound like it was consensual...

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