Video Game Controversies

Everyone's familiar with the Guinness Book of World Records. The publisher has focused on the growing video game culture in recent years and the latest book, Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition 2009, recently hit store shelves. Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Record's Gaming Records Manager, took some interesting data and scenarios from the latest record book to explore how different cultures across the globe respond to controversial video games.

"Traditionally in both the U.S. and Europe, acts of extreme violence are generally much more easily accepted by censors than any kind of sexual content," explained Deaves. "For example, the sci-fi role playing game Mass Effect generated national news coverage in the U.S. over a very brief, implied sex scene after misinformed allegations were made by some evangelical groups."

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