Taboo themes in games
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I am preparing a presentation about taboo themes in games as compared to movies and literature. Do you have any more ideas on where taboo themes are used and why you think the relevant game qualifies for this list? Please feel free to add items or comment - thanks!

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1. Board Game: Papua [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:9003]
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Players try to escape cannibals.
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2. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.81 Overall Rank:15132]
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pornographic pictures (?)
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3. Board Game: Funny Friends [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1631]
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Sex is explicitly played, a homosexual coming out is a possible aim of the game.
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4. Board Game: Holocaust [Average Rating:4.78 Unranked]
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all "holocaust" games are set in an undefined future. I doubt that in Germany a game with this name would make it into the stores.
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5. Board Game: The New and Fashionable Game of the Jew [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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maybe only taboo in Germany?
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6. Board Game: The 3 Commandments [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:13063]
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Okay, I am biased here: Does this touch taboos?
 
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7. Board Game: The Suicide Bomber Card Game [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:13950]
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This game really stirs up negative feelings for some for obvious reasons. I don't get offended easiily about games, especially with really, really stupid things (OMG!, the colonisits in Puerto Rico are brown!!), and I even bought this game at bgg.con last year for its novelty. However, despite the fact the I have a pretty dark sense of humor and "can take a joke" pretty well, I can't bring myself to enjoy playing this.
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8. Board Game: Darkies in the Melon Patch [Average Rating:3.10 Unranked]
 
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Games with racial themes are considered taboo.
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You touched on the sexuality theme earlier, Many folks object to the overt nature of the artwork of this expansion. However, the ostensible theme in the game is to kill other characters. So....

Killing- not taboo.
Sex- taboo.

Uh....
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10. Board Game: Fairy Meat [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:9849]
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Here's another cannibalism themed game.
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11. Board Game: XXXenophile [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:8546]
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This game has many many elements considered taboo, at least in 'polite society' in the US - homosexuality, group sex, BDSM, sex toys, etc. etc.
Actually not a bad game though, & has great art by Phil Foglio!
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12. Board Game: War on Terror [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3423]
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This one was considered controversial for similar reasons as Suicide Bomber. I seem to remember it being banned from some tradeshows. I haven't played or really read up on either so I can't speak to whether or not they fall within the realm of satire.
 
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A controversy erupted here on BGG (and in a lot of news media) when a couple of Nazi-era propaganda boardgames went up for auction in the UK.
 
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14. Board Game: Blasphemy [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:12429]
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Multiple Christs fighting to get to the cross. This would get people killed over a story in certain eras. Tabu!



"I need the fat one to balance out the two skinny ones."
 
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15. Board Game: Playing Gods: The Board Game of Divine Domination [Average Rating:4.12 Overall Rank:14921]
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This ones got ALL kinds of people pissed off. Read some of the threads. Christ using a cross as a weapon....Buddha with a machine gun...its got it all.
 
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