Late December an investment company released this list list of the most offensive video games from the past two years. It’s funny how it could also almost be a list of the best games from the past two years.
Now I don’t have a problem with The Timothy Plan releasing this list as a guide for their clients to use when considering video games to purchase the children in their lives for Christmas. That’s their prerogative, and they specifically say they’re not trying to stop me from playing offensive video games, so live and let live.
But it is kind of funny what they have to say about some of these games. For example, they point out that in Grand Theft Auto IV you can use the in-game Internet to search for a gay date. Or in Army of Two the two characters share a parachute and get uncomfortably close while using a car door as a shield.
Anyways, their list of the Most Offensive Games were judged primarily on sexually suggestive themes and images, curse words, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and violence. And all were already rated Mature (except for World of Warcraft and Bully, which were rated Teen), so if parents just paid attention to the ESRB rating on the box they could see that these games were never intended for their precious little snowflakes anyways.
The list, in seemingly no seemingly relevant order: (more…)