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Top 10 Video Game Controversies From 2014

Nearly all video games released these days are notorious. However, 2014 was particularly special. If you thought that SimCity, Diablo III and Mass Effect 3 were puzzling in 2013, the following 10 video game controversies will blow you away.

1.      Dragon Age: Inquisition same-sex controversy

‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ introduces Dorian, the video game’s 1st gay character. BioWare felt the need to talk openly about this decision, and while the creator’s intention was admirable, the news still gathered mixed opinions and judgments.

2.      Disappointing graphics downgrades in Dark Souls II

Fans of Dark Souls appreciated the sleek screenshots and well-crafted footage released in advance of the game’s release. Sadly, many were disappointed because upon launch, Dark Souls II lost its dynamic lightning from the promotional demo, and the game failed to live up to the expectations of the fans.

3.      Watch Dogs graphics downgrades

Ubisoft didn’t have a good start in 2014. When “Watch Dogs” was released, the fans were delighted to play the game. However, fans uncovered that the PC version of “Watch Dogs” had graphics downgrades. The images didn’t look as good on a computer as they looked on major gaming consoles. This stirred things up a bit, and fans started blaming Ubisoft for the mistakes.

4.      No Kinect feature on Xbox One

After claiming Kinect was vital for Xbox and that without it the console wouldn’t work properly, Microsoft eventually released Xbox One without Kinect. This led to a lot of bad buzz in the gaming environment, and many fans of the console were disappointed.

5.      Paul Tassi announces the removal of Flappy Bird

One of the most controversial events in the video game industry happened in February 2014, when the creator of the famous “Flappy Bird” game announced he will take down the game from iOS. His decision was bizarre; apparently, he couldn’t stand the thought of making $50,000 a day.

6.      Destiny – heavily advertised, not that great

“Destiny” was a big hit in 2014. In fact, a lot of critics claimed it was one of the best of the year. Sadly, it failed to deliver. The story was considered uninspiring and rather boring; prior to being released, “Destiny” showed potential. It was meant to be packed with exciting social interactions and a thrilling gameplay. Apparently, not many gamers were impressed with what it had to offer.

7.      Terrible free-to-play features on Dungeon Keeper

Initially released in 1999, “Dungeon Keeper” is one of the best strategies games of all times. Fans were ecstatic at the thought that the game will be brought back from the dead, and released in 2014. However, it proved to have detestable free-to-play monetization. Most reviewers despised “Dungeon Keeper” and even saw it as an insult to the initial game.

8.      Assassin’s Creed Unity – no female character controversy

When “Assassin’s Creed Unity” was finally released, fans were delighted to check out the new features. When the creators revealed that there won’t be any playable female characters in the game, it triggered a lot of rumors and allegations. Some even implied that the game doesn’t want to recognize equality between genders.

9.      Metal Gear V: Ground Zeroes – extreme violence

The sexual violence present in the latest Metal Gear video game led to some pretty nasty controversies. However, Hideo Kojima, which is the creator of the video game, said he expected for people to have a bad reaction. He did motivate that the violence had to be included to make the character seem more realistic.

10. Censored scenes in “South Park: The Stick of Truth”

South Park fans were thrilled to try out “Stick of Truth”, although not many were aware the game had censored scenes. All around Europe and in Australia, gamers couldn’t play certain sections, and were quite disappointed. The censorship made fans angry, not to mention that the game’s overall popularity had to suffer, too.

This is the guest post by Jason Phillips and Train Games 365!

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