The video game industry is packed with all kinds of controversies and rumors. While some of the games released are pioneering and really worth trying out, others fall short and it’s not because they’re boring, but because they’re notorious from one reason or another. Here are 10 video game controversies that made quite an impression in 2014.
1. No more Flappy Bird on iOS
In February 2014, the indie sensation Flappy Bird was removed from the App Store. The creator of the game didn’t offer a viable explanation for his decision. He just said that the game was becoming too addictive, and that making that much money ($50,000/day) was incredibly stressful.
2. Dark Souls II experiences disappointing downgrades
Dark Souls II’s promotional screenshots and footage looked quite polished and perfectly crafted. However, when the game was released, the smooth graphics advertised were gone. A lot of the fans were disappointed by this aspect, and some even started questioning the company’s skills at crafting pioneering video games.
3. Assassin’s Creed: Unity – bugs & issues
Ubisoft didn’t have a productive year in 2014. Aside from disappointing fans with the release of ‘Watch Dogs” – which was meant to feature killer graphics but didn’t, the game developer had a lot of issues to fix on ‘Assassin’s Creed: Unity’. Upon launch, there were too many bugs and errors for gamers to deal with, so many showed their frustration online. Ubisoft still has a lot of issues to solve with this game, and sadly, Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s reputation has gone down the drain.
4. Destiny – love it or hate it
Some claim ‘Destiny’ was 2014’s most appreciated video games. Others hate it because it was not as pioneering as it claimed to be. The dreary storyline and uninspired gameplay convinced many gamers that what you see is not always what you get.
5. Hatred’s violent trailer
‘Hatred’ probably had one of the most violent game trailers of 2014. The player takes charge of a character that butchers as many people as possible. Featuring aggressive in-mouth gunshots and knife-stabbings, Hatred gathered a lot of negative feedback. Game aficionados associated the video game with a distasteful ‘genocide crusade’.
6. Driveclub’s server crash at launch
Driveclub was PlayStation’s biggest release in 2014. Sadly, 3 weeks after launch gamers started experiencing server crashes. Basically, because of the numerous players trying to log in, the servers of the game couldn’t cope and broke down. Avid gamers didn’t take this news gently, and started spreading all sorts of rumors that questioned Sony’s capability of developing video games.
7. ‘South Park: Stick of Truth’ censorship
‘The Stick of Truth’ was a long-awaited RPG and avid South Park fans around the world couldn’t wait to play it. Sadly, many Europeans and Australians couldn’t enjoy the full version of the game as certain parts were censored. This led to all kinds of unpleasant rumors, allegations and controversies.
8. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – exaggerated sexual and torture violence
Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear series has never feared controversy. However, in ‘Ground Zeroes’ gaming gurus claimed the level of violence included in a scene was just too much. Kojima said he expected a reaction, and that he had to do it to help players get a clearer vision of the character’s mission.
9. Facebook purchases Oculus VR for $2 billion
Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR for $2 billion triggered a lot of buzz, both negative and positive. After starting as a campaign on KickStarter, Oculus sold their technology to Facebook. Some cannot wait to see what the two companies have planned for video game players; others on the other hand, argue that Facebook bought the technology just to prevent it from being used by some other video game enterprise.
10. Microsoft releases a Kinect-free Xbox One after telling us it was essential to the console.
Prior to the launch of Xbox One, Microsoft said that it was crucial for the new console to have Kinect integration. Surprisingly, it didn’t and that decisions led to a lot of controversial situations. Fans were disappointed and turned their attention to Microsoft’s main competitor, Nintendo and its PS4.
This is the guest post by Jason Phillips and Dirt Bike Games 365!