Top 10 video game controversies of 2017


Although 2017 saw the release of some superb games, like previous years before it, it also had its share of controversy. Whether this was Star Wars Battlefront II’s microtransaction outrage or Mario’s swimsuit scandal, it’s clear more than one controversy got gamers arguing in 2017. So without further ado, here follows a list of the top 10 controversies which rocked the video game world in 2017.

1. Outlast 2 video game is banned in Australia

Although there’s a long string of video games which have ended up banned in countries all over the world, Australia’s decision to refuse classification to Outlast 2 caused a bit of controversy last year. This is despite the fact that Outlast 2 sure is a bloody and gory horror game, and that the Australian Classification Board’s decision (the country’s equivalent to the ESRB) was based on a scene of implicit sexual assault which occurs at some point in the game.

This is not the first time a game was banned for this reason, though, as in 2015 Hotline Miami 2 was refused classification for similar reasons, and has yet to receive a rating in Australia. This also brings the question of why high levels of graphic violence such as those seen in a game like GTA V are considered acceptable, but the same criteria does not apply to sex? While it’s true that Outlast 2’s controversial sex scene might border on the tasteless, shouldn’t developers have a right to express their creative vision in games?

In the end though, Red Barrels (the team behind the game) were able to make the necessary changes to the game and receive an R18+ rating, meaning Aussie gamers got to play this gory horror game to their heart’s content after all.