With all of the recent controversy around Assassin's Creed Unity and it's glitches (which are pretty hilarious), the game really got off lightly in that it wasn't pulled from our shelves and fixed. But the following examples, weren't so lucky! Here are four great examples of games that were taken from stores for so many different reasons, some of which are pretty crazy.
GTA: San Andreas
Hidden away in the massive land of San Andreas, Rockstar had made a sex mini-game that players could 'enjoy.' The content felt like it was taking things too far, so it was removed from the game before release, however the code was left behind. Those with a PC version of the game just got lucky.
A mod was released that would let you access this mini-game, which was called "Hot Coffee." The reason being, is that the girlfriend of the protagonist would invite him upstairs and ask him if he'd like some "coffee." If you genuinely thought you were getting coffee you were in for a surprise.
Yep, you actually had to play your way through sex with this character. How strange is that? Naturally the game was pulled from shelves as a lot of lawyers and politicians stepped in to stop this from being available. We now have a game available on the market without this possibility. Do you miss it?
Mario Couldn't Party in the UK With That Mouth!
Mario Party 2008 was a fun little title for the Wii, and looking at the picture at the top of the page, you can see how innocent it appears, right? Well, language is a powerful thing, and you can never be too sure how someone on the other side of the water uses the same words.
For those of you that aren't familiar with how 'spastic' is used in the UK and Ireland, it is a highly derogatory term that is used to describe people with down-syndrome. Yeah...and here's a sweet little Nintendo character trying to improve your abilities by calling you one...hmm, no wonder it was pulled from the UK until it was removed.
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
Aside from this game being a complete waste of people's time and a total money grab, it also caused some controversy in the Middle East.
In this particular game, Saudi Arabia had its own ball (like many countries in the game did also), which violated a faux pas in Islam. Many Muslim fans complained about the issue of "kicking Allah's name." Oh yes, it was seen as an attack on their religion if you kicked their ball during the game. The title was pulled out of the country. An update for World Cup South Africa was released a month later after the game's initial release, with no ball in sight!
Tiger Woods '99
This guy apparently had controversy all over his name even back in 1999! This "great" golfing game issue only took place on the Playstation console, and originated from the name of its dummy file. The dummy file in the game was revealed to be 'Jesus vs. Santa,' a part of 'The Spirit of Christmas,' made by the creators of South Park, which EA viewed as "offensive to consumers."
The game was taken from us and we were devastated to lose such a beautiful masterpiece...
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