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Games people find controversial
Joshua OConnor
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Thought of this from an entry on Battle Cry in another geeklist:

wakela wrote:
I tried this with my wife, but she kept remembering that people really died in these battles, so she won't play it again. She is not otherwise overly sensitive. Has anyone else run into this kind of thing?




My wife won't play that game because she's a black southerner, and it ends either with the victory of slavery or the defeat of the South!

I thought it might be interesting to look at games that people have found controversial, maybe in ways even the designers didn't expect. Can anyone think of any? [Note: the game doesn't have to be controversial, as long as some people *think* it is]
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26. Board Game: Darkies in the Melon Patch [Average Rating:3.10 Unranked]
 
Sean Norville
United States
La Jolla
California
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Do you really need to know anymore than the title?
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27. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:648]
Thomas P. Felder
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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This game ought to be controversial, as it depicts deeply immoral actions of ruthless want-to-be-dictators. You can even assasinate other players.

What shows that games do have an effect on people is the fact that so many can tell tales about people who really hatred each other after playing this game.
I myself witnessed two people who choosed to play never again any game with each other after one game of Junta...
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28. Board Game: Hentacle [Average Rating:5.74 Unranked]
Adrian Hague
United Kingdom
Bristol
Bristol
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I mean sheesh, could this be any worse?

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29. Board Game: Sloppy Seconds [Average Rating:5.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.45 Unranked]
Adrian Hague
United Kingdom
Bristol
Bristol
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... apparently the answer is yes. shake
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30. Board Game: Three's An Orgy [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Adrian Hague
United Kingdom
Bristol
Bristol
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TWICE!
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31. Board Game: Grass [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3380]
Gareth
Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich
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My ass is green, but I don't let it worry me.
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Surprised no one has come up with this one yet.
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32. Board Game: Jihad!: The Rise of Islam 632-732 [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
Adrian Hague
United Kingdom
Bristol
Bristol
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... in the current climate, at least. shake
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33. Board Game: Rave [Average Rating:4.25 Unranked]
Adrian Hague
United Kingdom
Bristol
Bristol
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Sorted for E's and Whizz geeza?
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34. Board Game: Duel in the Dark [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1153]
Green Knight Games
United Kingdom
Cheltenham
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I'm surprised this one hasn't come up. The allied carpet-bombing of German cities is still considered controversial by historians. Seeing the depiction of a pristine Dresden cathedral on the board is a little unsettling.
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35. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:324]
Randall Peek
United States
Preston
Connecticut
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The black pieces versus the white pieces. The image here is proof positive that this is a game about race war, and I for one am pretty peeved with the whole thing. I mean, couldn't they have just made them all sort of beige-y-brown pieces and let them all co-exist peacefully?
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36. Board Game: Escape from Colditz [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1267]
Andrea Jørgensen
Denmark
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Let's see - the discription is:

One player takes the part of the German Guards, whilst the others play "Escape Officers" who are responsible for organizing escape attempts by their team of prisoners. Generally, the winner will be the Escape Officer who achieves the most successful escapes; but it might be the German Forces, if they are able to limit the number of escapes.


... and some versions of the game have a svastika on the front - that can cause some trouble: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/261578
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37. Board Game: Juden Raus [Average Rating:2.11 Unranked]
Jasper
Netherlands
Leiden
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Actual nazi propaganda. Who said Axis and Allies is controversial?
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38. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:81]
Breno K.
Brazil
Brasília
Distrito Federal
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Your goal is to profit from war. The game's 100% sober design makes it even worse, in my opinion. Still a great game, though.
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39. Board Game: Kill the Hippies [Average Rating:4.97 Overall Rank:10538]
David Gagné
Canada
Gatineau
Québec
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Convert them or kill them... now we're talking

Want to burn them? Did you spay them with gasoline first? Fun, fun stuff
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40. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:615]
Joe Cappello
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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How has this been not included so far?

Cliched, stereotyped characters.
Pointing of guns.
Trash talking.





Oh, and fun.
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41. Board Game: South Africa [Average Rating:4.74 Overall Rank:10658]
Magister Ludi
Australia
Fremantle
Western Australia
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This S & T game caused a huge controversy when it hit the newstands in 1977. It is a game based on the premise that Western Powers get tough with SA and cut off arms shipments etc, leaving them to fight it out with an increasingly strong coalition of 'Black Nationalists', African states and Cubans. The South Africans wanted the game banned and there was all sorts of discussion in papers about whether it was evil of game companies to make light of a sensitive real life situation....at about this time or soon after, one of our Prime Ministers, Malcolm Fraser, was caught trouserless in a hotel somewhere in Africa while trying to single handedly bring down apartheid. No copy of the game was found in his possession...
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42. File: N/A
Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Alma Mater is even banned on the 'Geek.
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43. Board Game: Public Assistance [Average Rating:4.48 Overall Rank:10240]
Carol Carpenter
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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First game I thought of when I saw the list title. Game is subtitled "Why Bother Working for a Living?"
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44. Board Game: Ghettopoly [Average Rating:4.61 Overall Rank:10445]
Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Banned all over...
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45. Board Game: Rome At War III: Queen of the Celts [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:5755]
Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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I find nothing controversial at all here but stores won't sell this version on the shelves.
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46. Board Game: Up Against The Wall, Mother****er! [Average Rating:4.40 Unranked]
 
Chris Johnson
United States
Azusa
California
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One of Alabama 3's finest songs, especially the versions on the single this image is from...
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Sweet Pretty M*th*rf*ck*ng Country Acid House Music - All night long!
This was originally in the database under its unexpurgated name. Some people eventually noticed (after it made it on to the "Hot Games" list due to an outside link, IIRC) and complained. Bowdlerization ensued. :/
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47. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1648]
Kevin H
Canada
Windsor
Ontario
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When my parents found out I was playing D&D at my friends house...well...if I had said we were sacrificing goats and doing coke with hookers it would have gone over a bit more smoothly.
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48. Board Game: Phoenicia [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1070]
Travis M Spomer
United States
Redmond
Washington
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In Phoenicia, the black people are suitable for labor (farming, hunting, mining, or clothmaking), whereas the white people sit around doing nothing. Okay, not really THAT controversial, but it sure is fun.
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49. Board Game: Conquistador [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2261]
Esteban Fernandez
Spain
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Its been a lot of years since I played this, but If I recall correctly, when you move your conquistador to America and wanted to take some gold from the Incan cities, you have first to "remove" the Indian Colonist counters, using your armies..

And if you want to mine a hex, it has to be Indian-free?

Also you have to "pacify" some zones before sending your colonist there, or they will be killed by the natives

Historically accurate and controversial.
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50. Board Game: Class Struggle [Average Rating:4.63 Overall Rank:10853]
Randall Bart
United States
Winnetka
California
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This game is unabashedly Marxist, which certainly raises some hackles. You start the game by comparing skin color -- the lightest skinned player is the capitalist. It's not much of a game, nor is it intended to be.
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