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Top game controversies of 2012

The video game business never has a year without controversy. 2012 was no different in that respect. But the different ways that game companies could get into trouble and draw mass market attention were surprising. The age-old controversies about sex, violence, and other cultural insensitivities surfaced again this year. But game publishers also had to deal with the consequences of being hacked, violating the government’s concerns about military security, and upsetting fans by failing to live up to games-as-a-service obligations in free-to-play games.

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Lifeequals421307d ago

Twas quite a year. But in a way, it's good to have these issues. It means the industry is maturing.

deantak1307d ago

the industry may be maturing. but it's also on a merry-go-round. sex and violence come up every year.

coolbeans1307d ago (Edited 1307d ago )

I personally think a better graph in gauging maturity (in the way you mean it) is the community's responses TO those issues, rather than the issues themselves.

-Given the insensitive remarks/blogs directed towards anyone questioning any form of sexism in games, I see a group of the community unwilling to have this discussion and prey on said complainers' possible physical traits, social status, etc.

-Yellow (gaming) journalism has reached new heights in an industry seemingly craving for it.

The games may be maturing, but it's tough for me to believe the culture is. Since most topics are regurgitated and fail to bring any new enlightened angles on the controversies, it seems like most are content with sticking in limbo.

Edit: I'm sorry my points are distanced from what's discussed in the article.

Octavarium941307d ago

I agree. It shows that people care about the games the play.

RBlaze1307d ago (Edited 1307d ago )

Biggest controversy was in Telltale's Walking Dead!

Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler!

Carley when the RV breaks down!

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Edit: I know that doesn't have much to do with the article btw, but I thought it was controversial!

MattyG1307d ago

How is that controversial AT ALL?

RBlaze1307d ago

Lol, controversial is the wrong word! I meant more that I didn't like the call! :p, made me sad!!
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MattyG1306d ago

Ohhh that makes more sense. Yeah I wish there had been a two ways that could've played out. Oh well, it's still an amazing game!!

RBlaze1306d ago

Deffo, mate! Hands down my top game this year... Just hoping for a sequel!

And yeah, I wish there were a little more consequences to your decisions... A couple extra parts. I tried to save the guy instead of Duck hoping for an entirely different path, for example! Outstanding game regardless!

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ChipChipperson1307d ago

Why isn't the MikeCosgrove vs Assassin's Creed 3 debacle on the list?