The Top 7... Controversies Waiting to Happen

Sept 4, 2007

Scapegoats - gaming's full of them. Each and every year, the media sacrifices a new one to the public, proving again and again how violent and disgusting our hobby supposedly is. But they don't even know the half of it.

Posturing politicians and clueless news anchors love to sensationalize the obvious stuff - Super Columbine RPG, Ethnic Cleansing, JFK Reloaded, etc - games with seriously shocking titles but no real fans or audience (until the media shines the spotlight on them, anyway). Meanwhile, the truly offensive and dangerous material is slipping right under their noses in the most popular and commercial products.

Want to know just how ignorant society's watchdogs are? The following seven controversial games didn't register a single blip on their radar. Hell, some of these they've probably even purchased for their own children...

Shin Megami Tensei

Reason for controversy: Take your pick - cannibalism, suicide, demon summoning, high school violence, perverted religion. Oh, and those are just the games released in English.

Shin Megami Tensei courts fiery controversy with each and every entry. The long-running RPG series is famous in Japan for featuring demons and deities from almost every religion and mythological tradition in history. And, like Grandia II, the portrayal is not usually one your local minister would approve of.

In one game, for example, you forge and negotiate contracts with demons for mutual benefit. Another sees your hero surviving the apocalypse, transforming into a devil-human hybrid and following orders from Lucifer himself. Yet another contains youngsters who devour the flesh of those they conquer in battle. Still not enough to shock you? How about high school students who gain powers by shooting themselves in the head? Or a war with YHWH, the god of Judeo-Christianity? Or the resurrection of Adolf Hitler?

Seriously, pick your poison and Shin Megami Tensei has got you covered.

How did the media miss this one? For now, the Shin Megami Tensei series is as niche as it gets; even the number of gamers who are aware of its existence is a tiny minority. And with that unpronounceable title, the chances of a confused grandmother accidentally picking it up in her local Wal-Mart are close to nil.

Good news for you, then, because the series is a fantastic and emotionally powerful one. Enjoy the mature and adult themes before some blowhard decides what's appropriate for you.


Top 7


  • sillentdx - July 10, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    RFswitchBlade - In the Digital Devil Saga games you can "devour" your enemies!
  • RFswitchBlade - April 5, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    waitwaitwait, which SMT has canibalism???? WTF???? Did I really miss that one?
  • Tidus53 - October 27, 2008 2:54 a.m.

  • killzone_dude - October 18, 2008 5 p.m.

    anime porn is bad my friend is crazy about anime and im not, im asian and hes caucasin im sure he dosent watch porn but hes still crazy about anime just to show PORN IS BAD!
  • skyguy343 - November 25, 2008 1:13 a.m.

    damn right
  • krunkattack - October 17, 2008 9:52 p.m.

    of course the general media wouldn't have found out about these... they don't play games! (=
  • cricket0 - October 14, 2008 11:14 p.m.

    2nd!!!! The media is dumb.
  • dougle - September 19, 2008 6:05 a.m.

    WOAH!!grandia ii sounds awesome!!
  • sadisticgrizzz - July 9, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    so.. um .. where do u find the hentai games. for reasearch purpose of course
  • OrpheusZero - April 24, 2009 8:18 p.m.

    @TheBear6 : Subtlety is lost on you, I'm afraid.
  • nguy123 - February 16, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    uvebeenpwned, the media already got that one, so its not waiting to happen. Surprised Tales of Symphonia wasn't even mentioned in this list-*spoiler* Angels are the bad guys, and the Pope is a traiterous basterd that attempts to kill the king
  • Doctalen - July 13, 2009 4:44 a.m.

    You know people are idiots real idiots. Accusing Mass Effect of having sex, any game for having blood and gore, and god knows what else. But there is a small little thing called a rating. If parents weren't dumb as hell they would see the "M" with whatever reason for it and not buy it. Now here is the real shocker people go ape shit for killing a person yet there is this stuff like Grandia 2 and the hentai games that make it by easy. Yeah they may have been unheard of but not anymore and people will still forget about for "Mario has killed an old lady" front page title.
  • TheBear6 - March 15, 2009 11:06 p.m.

    The best part about the O.J. Simpson part is that he plays for "The Assasins".
  • mid999 - March 10, 2009 6:11 a.m.

    the hentai thing's in my country...
  • uvebeenpwned - February 16, 2009 4:34 p.m.

    you shouldve added gta's "hot coffee" mod. man that sh*t started the whole media saying video games are bad crap. ps 7th!

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