3. Mad World
When you think of blood-soaked games, you’d expect them to be made for the XBox, PC or Playstation, wouldn’t you? The last console you’d associate with violence is the family-friendly Wii, home to mild-mannered cow racing and golf games. But Mad World broke the mold, with its black, white and red palette as well as its high levels of violence. The plot was along the lines of “Battle Royale” or “The Hunger Games”, where the characters have to kill each other in the name of entertainment and the deaths are inventive, like pushing your opponents under a speeding train. Predictably, groups like mediawatch condemned the game, saying “We need to ensure that modern and civilized values take priority rather than killing and maiming people”, however specialized gaming magazines laughed off the criticism, saying the violence was so ridiculous and over-the-top that no-one could actually take it seriously.
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