Step aside, Grand Theft Auto. Violence and sexism, long thought to be the worst possible things to find in a video game, pale in comparison to the racism, homophobia and outright insensitive horror found in these games, the most controversial in history. Many of them barely qualify as “games” at all and it’s a wonder they were ever made – or played.
10. Kaboom! The suicide bombing game
The aim of Kaboom! is to kill or injure as many people as possible with a single suicide blast. Use the mouse to aim your terrorist to try and kill the most children in the blast radius.
9. Ass Bandits
In Ass Bandits, you play as a shotgun-wielding hunter in the jungle. You need to shoot dead a horde of marauding naked gay men hiding in the bushes, otherwise they will pin you down, rape you and eventually kill you.
8. Border Patrol
According to Border Patrol, there are three types of Mexican citizen: breeders, nationalists and drug smugglers. This game involves the user controlling a target and shooting as many Mexican families as possible to stop them crossing the border into North America.
From the same games studio that bought you Sim City and The Sims comes SimCopter. One mischievous game developer was paid $5,000 by an activist group to add something strange to the game: shirtless gay men named “himbos” appeared in certain levels. Their nipples lit up using the same game effect as fog lights.
Once one appeared, many would swarm, and they would often kiss each other whilst surrounding the helicopter. What this meant was that one of the easiest ways to gain points in SimCopter was landing your helicopter in the middle of a giant group of kissing, light-up gay men and using your spinning chopper blades to massacre them.
6. 9/11 Survivor
If playing as a doomed victim of the World Trade Center attacks is your kind of thing, then check out 9/11 Survivor. It’s one of those black and white “artistic” game modifications that attempts to convey the emotional impact of the 9/11 terror attacks, but in the end it ends up being incredibly vile and gratuitous.
5. Super Columbine Massacre RPG!
One of the most controversial games of all time. This Pokemon lookalike starts on the day of the Columbine massacre. You play as the two teenage killers, setting up bombs, killing children and then journeying into their lives after their suicide.
4. JFK Reloaded
You play as Lee Harvey Oswald and shoot JFK in the head. Earn points for matching the records of the actual assassination. Can you reload in time and shoot through the branches of the tree? If you can, you’ve just silenced years of conspiracy theorist chatter.
While it may seem like an interesting scientific model, in reality JFK is a game that recreated a gruesome murder and allows players to kill the President over and over again… for points.
3. Ethnic Cleansing
The game infamous for giving the player two characters: a KKK member or a skinhead. The aim of the game is quite simple, rampage through a ghetto at night killing black and hispanic residents. Your weapons? Machine guns and a noose for lynching. The game’s soundtrack consists of white power punk (the choruses are just racial slurs repeated again and again).
2. Pokemon Red/Blue
After attracting a wave of controversy that still exists today, Pokemon’s developers scrambled to make changes to the game. You see, the Pokemon named “Jynx” is about as racist as you can get: oversized lips, blackface, a “seductive dance”. The US media outcry over the Pokemon meant that its skin is now purple in colour.
Not, of course, as purposefully tasteless as some of the other entries on this list, but all the more shocking for being a mainstream release that put offensive stereotypes in every living room.
1. KZ Manager
A game which is, mercifully, very difficult to obtain. Unspeakably tasteless and disgusting, KZ Manager places the player in charge of a concentration camp during the Second World War. Resources such as public image, food and poison gas must be juggled.
If food is going down too quickly and you have enough poison gas to spare, players might choose to kill a racial group – although public image will plummet if word of the massacre gets out.