10 Controversial Games That Influenced The Industry For The Better

The following are all games that, in their own way, caused public debate, a clashing of opinion or fervent discussion, while also going on to palpably influence the marketplace prior to their release.

Controversy: a prolonged public dispute, debate or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion (dictionary.com).

The word controversy goes 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?

Many games have caused controversy over the years, some more than others (as we’ll go on to discuss), and usually, controversy means that something new, unique or otherwise unheard of is involved. Otherwise, why would the controversy have arisen in the first place?

The following are all games that, in their own way, caused public debate, caused a clashing of opinion or fervent discussion, while also going on to palpably influence the marketplace after their release. So without further ado, let’s jump in shall we?