Stuart Bedford: "The word controversy goes as hand in hand with gaming, thanks to the simple fact that, out of all of the entertainment platforms, gaming gives us personal control over what we see on screen. In a movie, if we see a stabbing, we’re witnessing it, and what we see is usually being influenced in order to create some sort of meaning or message. In gaming, we’re the ones doing the stabbing, no message, no poetry, just ‘tap X’.
However, controversy doesn’t necessarily limit the scope of this piece to violent games. Controversy is to debate in public; to have two opposing opinions clash one with the other. Not all controversial games are violent. Some are simply cause for debate or contention: did they suck or where they awesome? Play or avoid? Innovation or imitation?"