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NARC

Reason for controversy: Portrayal of corruption, crime and drug use within the police force.

The original, early '90s edition of NARC was a politician and parent's dream come true. An over-the-top product of Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign, it cast you in the role of a heroic cop taking down evil drug cartels by any means necessary.

But by 2005, those "means" had expanded to include some activities of which the Republican First Lady would never have approved. You're still a drug officer and you're still arresting drug dealers, only now you can actually sample the forbidden chemicals you've confiscated. Crack, acid, speed, Ecstasy, Quaaludes and marijuana are all available for consumption in NARC and benefit you with increased performance and accuracy.

To be fair, the narcotics also have damaging side effects if taken in excess. That tiny punishment is kind of cancelled out, though, by the fact that you can also sell the drugs for money.



How did the media miss this one? The gaming press saw the drugs in NARC for what they were - a shameless and obvious attempt to stir controversy - and chose to more or less ignore them. The mainstream media, meanwhile, was a little too busy with something called "Hot Coffee" in 2005 to froth over anything else.

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15 comments

  • 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.

    BOOBIES!!!!
  • 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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