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Grandia II

Reason for controversy: Atheist and otherwise anti-religious viewpoint.

Most Japanese RPGs contain religious overtones, but not many end on the blasphemous note that Grandia II does.

The game starts off wholesomely enough. A ragtag group of adventurers must band together and embark on a quest to halt the revival of an ancient and evil god. Among them is a priestess character whose church is clearly inspired by real-life Catholicism.

Turns out, however, that the church's Pope is actually the hidden mastermind behind the dark god's return and that the world's good god has been dead for centuries. More shocking is the ending, in which the world of Grandia has not only continued, but prospered, in the absence of any god whatsoever. The priestess even gives up her faith completely to preach about humanity's strength and religion's uselessness. Holy controversy!



How did the media miss this one? Like we said, the juicy stuff doesn't occur until the very end of Grandia II, after 45 or more hours of investment. Because they require so much time and patience, role-playing games have generally managed to evade the spotlight altogether. Protesters don't want to play these things; they just want to ban them!

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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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