Monthly Archives: March 2017

Games That Got Banned and Why

Censorship – it’s a hot button issue in the video game world right now. When developers alter their vision to better suit the needs of the market, some gamers treat it like a knife to their heart. But the alternative might just be worse. All around the world, video games have been pulled from store shelves because they were just too much for the community to handle.

Whether that censorship is justified isn’t for us to say (but let’s be fair, it probably isn’t). What is instructive is to examine the games that got banned and try to figure out what pisses people off. In many cases, it’s pretty obvious – intense violence, graphic sex, or unsavory themes. And you’ll certainly see your share of those things in the games that follow. But there are other reasons that games get prohibited from sale, and they’re pretty weird.

RapeLay

Many of the games on this list were banned simply because of cultural misunderstandings. You… can’t say that for RapeLay. The insanely controversial game developed by Japanese studio Illusion was released in 2006 and almost immediately kicked off a firestorm of bad emotions. If you haven’t heard of it, RapeLay puts you in the shoes of a sexual predator and tasks you with stalking and having sex with a mother and her two daughters by force. Needless to say, this is incredibly screwed up and not cool.

RapeLay was banned in multiple countries after release. It’s illegal to sell it in Argentina, Indonesia, and New Zealand. Here in the States, it received an AO rating, which meant that most retailers would not stock it, but you can still get it online.

 

Tricks You Might Not Have Known

Minecraft: A game you can play for years and still feel like you know nothing about it.  There are a bunch of little tricks that, without research, you might never have even thought of. We’ve already given you 10 helpful tips. Here are 10 more Minecraft tricks you might not know!

1) Move Faster on Ice

Sprinting and jumping on ice increases speed. When you come across an icy biome, be sure to keep jumping and sprinting to cover ground seriously fast. Just make sure you aren’t hungry or you won’t be able to sprint.

2) Use Torches to Navigate

Place torches on one side of a cave to navigate. Place torches on say, only the right side. You can find your way back when the torches appear on the left. This is a great way to explore new territory.

3) Never Run Out of Air

A bucket will allow you to breath underwater. In times of emergency, it’s always good to have your trusty bucket. While underwater and running out of air, right clicking (Left Trigger, L2) will create a temporary air pocket to keep you alive.

4) Safely Fall from Heights

A bucket of water can save you from any fall. If you need a quick way down a drop, hold a bucket of water in your hand, look straight down, and right click (Left Trigger, L2) rapidly as you’re falling. If you did it right you should land safely on your own water.

5) Defeat the Ender Dragon with…

You can damage the Ender Dragon with snowballs. Snowballs are pretty easy to obtain, so why not use them against your ultimate enemy? They are a cheap and easy long range weapon.