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The Top 7... Controversies Waiting to Happen

All-Pro Football 2K8

Reason for controversy: The inclusion of "alleged" double-murderer OJ Simpson on the player roster.

2K Games was desperate. In 2004, just as their football franchise was beginning to give the Madden monopoly some serious competition, EA went and bought exclusive rights to the entire NFL license... plus the official teams, stadiums, logos and players... plus the ESPN brand. With no tools to work with, how could any other pigskin simulator possibly hope to survive?

You get creative. You side step the current NFL rosters and sign a deal with the players' union to feature all the famous athletes of previous generations. And if one of those former athletes happens to be a notorious man accused of brutal double homicide, a man widely believed to have lied and cheated his way out of a guilty verdict, an "innocent" man who nevertheless wrote a book entitled If I Did It... well, you just look the other way and hope nobody notices.



How did the media miss this one? Actually, it's entirely possible that 2K hoped someone would notice the presence of Simpson in their game. Might sell more copies, after all. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Madden's shadow is a dark, dark place where the competition tends to go unseen. They could throw Charles Manson on the roster and people would still pay more attention to the latest tweak in EA's product.

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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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