Controversy! Outrage! Scandal! - Games with controversy built right in.
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There are a few things you never talk about at family gatherings: but do you make a game out of them? Over the course of my time here I've seen controversies simmer and brew, boil and blow over.

It's time to drag them out of the closet. Please contribute controversial games, or add your thoughts on the entires already listed.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: Don't be rude. Don't be a drama queen. The content of this list is not suggested for younger readers. If you dislike controversy and conflict, please do not read this list. Anyone being uncivil will have their contributions removed.

Moderators: I hope this list is ok. It seemed like a great idea at the time.
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1. Board Game: Stoner Fluxx [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:10382]
Eddie the Cranky Gamer
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Remember, gameplay passes to the left.

Is there any other game that is so clearly a political statement? Is it wrong to use the medium to make one? Fortunatly the core game lends itself well to the drug culture, and the developers are quite serious advising sternly against the use of illegal substances while making a firm statment against prohibition. There are lots of other drug culture games, but most of them are pretty silly gags.

The game is simply Fluxx, for better or worse.
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2. Board Game: Pimp: The Backhanding [Average Rating:5.18 Overall Rank:15061]
Eddie the Cranky Gamer
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Other mass media embrace the gangsta lifestyle, but this game seems to be crossing a few lines. It pretty much focuses - at least in name - on the abuse of women and the people who abuse them. Thats in pretty poor taste even by my lenient standards.

I wonder if the game is any good.
 
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3. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
Eddie the Cranky Gamer
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Colonists. Dark colour. Free labour.

Couldn't they have just made them bright pink to avoid the implications?
 
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4. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.81 Overall Rank:15126]
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Sexual objectification is one thing. Excluding all parts of the body except the sexualized bits? Thats a bit....icky.
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5. Board Game: F*ck This! [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:13741]
Eddie the Cranky Gamer
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Very vulgar, which is offputting in many circles. Not my circles, but many.
 
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6. Board Game: Up Against The Wall, Mother****er! [Average Rating:3.71 Unranked]
Eddie the Cranky Gamer
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The theme is the definition of subversive. Does that make the game offensive? Is it appropriate to make light of civil disobedience like this?
 
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7. Board Game: Wench [Average Rating:4.55 Overall Rank:15169]
Simon Hunt
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I bought this one just to look at the pictures
 
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8. Board Game: Prison Bitch [Average Rating:3.67 Unranked]
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Methinks the title of the game says it all right there. Unless of course the game is actually about the inner workings of dog breeding facilities, but that's exceedingly doubtful.
 
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9. Board Game: Hentacle [Average Rating:5.23 Unranked]
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Some of the images for this totally misogynistic game were removed from BGG. One card with an image of a teenaged looking girl drowning in a white liquid was titled "spoogeflood". Who actually enjoys games that have this message? Forget Busen Memo...
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10. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Mythology Expansion [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Philip Thomas
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You thought Puerto Rico was bad? This game actually has Slave cards which are used as currency! They are shown with Chains and all...

Plus religous controversy from promiscous pantheon mixing.
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11. Board Game: Ideology: The War of Ideas [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3500]
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If you can get someone from each of the opposing factions this would be a great game to play while debating global politics.
 
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12. Board Game: Credo!: the Game of Dueling Dogmas [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:9360]
Gary Christiansen
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Columbus
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Accurate historically or not, there will be people whose beliefs may be offended by certain of the creeds which were actually considered as potential precepts of the early Church.
 
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13. Board Game: PornStar [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:13211]
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Object: Produce the most adult films and dominate the market.
 
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14. Board Game: Juden Raus [Average Rating:3.87 Unranked]
Brad Harmer-Barnes
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Need I say more?
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15. Board Game: Funny Friends [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1631]
Bryant Ross
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Rumor has it that the English version (Funny Friends) is going to be very watered down.
 
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16. Board Game: Outrage! Steal the Crown Jewels [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:15139]
Robert Martin
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This one's got Outrage in the title and the price tag...
 
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17. Board Game: WWJD: What Would Jesus Do? The Game [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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"You're walking down the street. You see a man in a box. He asks you for money for alcohol. What would Jesus do?"

YOU: I think Jesus would touch him to heal him of his alcoholism.

SOMEONE ELSE: That is so *NOT* what Jesus would do.

YOU: It *might* be.

SOMEONE ELSE: Not *my* Jesus, you jackass! *starts throwing stones*

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Nothing spells controversy quite like R-E-L-I-G-I-O-U-S-D-E-B-A-T-E...
 
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18. Board Game: Primordial Soup [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:680]
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Or any game that mentions evolution, the age of the universe or any of the other scientific topics that would create an 'intelligent design' / creationism debate. There is a list dedicated to this:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...

 
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19. Board Game: Wurzburg [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:6499]
Dana Zinsmeister
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Here is a game that was actually quite controversial at the time of its release.
 
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20. Board Game: Vietnam 1965-1975 [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1749]
Dana Zinsmeister
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This game was denounced by angry veterans for turning the Vietnam War into a boardgame though it was hardly the first to do so.
 
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21. Board Game: Darkies in the Melon Patch [Average Rating:3.10 Unranked]
Jorgen
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Yeahhhh.
 
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22. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
Noel
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Here's an example of moral relativity. I like this game, it's humourous, quick and fun to pass time with. But one person has another take, which he expressed in his comments:

"This is about as tasteless as a concentration camp game. Mass executions. My own ancestors fell victim to revolutionary henchmen and the guillotine. Certainly a most unsuitable subject for a game.

What's next? A game about kidnapping Africans and selling those surviving the gruelsome voyage to the Americas for a profit? Gulag - the Game? "
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23. Board Game: The Suicide Bomber Card Game [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:13948]
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"The game where God is Great"?

And it seems that the producer is working on "The Furry Porn Card Game!" acording to there website.
 
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24. Board Game: Canadian Civil War [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:12591]
David Simpson
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This game was controversial here in Canada since it suggested a possible civil war. At the time it was possible that the province of Quebec was going to vote to separate from Confederation. As I recall, there was talk of having it stopped at the border for being seditous.
 
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25. Board Game: Ghettopoly [Average Rating:4.65 Overall Rank:14755]
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Can't believe that this hasn't been added to the list yet. The creator of the game has had a hard time keeping this afloat--including receiving "cease and desist" letters from Parker Brothers.
 
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