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5 controversial video games that seem almost mild today

New video game releases have long been a rich source of material for moral panic – just one recent example of such outrage could be found on the White House YouTube channel, which posted an 88-second montage of video game violence. According to the Trump administration’s press office, the reel was shared to drive discussion of whether “games that graphically simulate killing… desensitize our community to violence.”

But as Variety and other media sources reported when the video was posted in March, the montage also drew fans, with one Newsweek writer describing it as “awesome” and a “tribute to why people love video games.” In any case, as the video game industry has pointed out, there has never been any evidence of a connection between fantasy video-game violence and real-world violence.

However, that did get us thinking, here at G14mes, of the many other new video game releases down the years to have provoked such outrage… many of which seem rather tame in 2018. Do you remember any of the below?

Doom (1993)

Few games over the years have been as notorious for their levels of graphic violence as Doom, which was released in 1993 and was instrumental in pioneering the now-ubiquitous first-person shooter. Its rather blocky depiction of blood wouldn’t cause much concern today, but it drew objections at the time from a broad range of groups.

Grand Theft Auto (1997)

It’s now one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, with more than 250 million units having been shipped, but even the ever-decency-defying Grand Theft Auto has been falsely accused much of the time.

Politicians of the day often inaccurately described the first iteration of the series, for instance, as a game in which players killed strippers to earn points. But if most of us played the game today, we’d consider a lot of the more outrageous action just too over-the-top to be taken seriously.

Death Race (1976)

Anguished calls for something to be done about video games supposedly promoting real-world violence were hardly new even in the days of Doom. Much similar was said about this arcade game that centred on running over as many humanoid ‘gremlins’ as possible.

But it’s difficult to see much to get worked up about in the game today, given that – like other games of the era – Death Race didn’t ultimately consist of much more than crude dots and bleeps.

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987)

An era of video game sleaziness may just have been ushered in by this late ‘80s title for the PC DOS and Apple II – and later, other platforms – that followed the travails of middle-aged male virgin Larry Laffer as he sought to “get lucky” in the fictional American city of Lost Wages (no prizes for guessing which real-life entertainment epicentre that name was mocking).

Strangely, this game that sounded every inch like a soft-porn monstrosity went on to become a both critical and commercial success.

Night Trap (1992)

The 1990s promised a new and exciting media era compared to the technical primitiveness of the ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as a more daring one – even that perennial paragon of inoffensiveness, Michael Jackson, managed to attract censure for sexually suggestive scenes in his 1991 Black or White video.

The interactive movie video game Night Trap was another to draw condemnation, on account of the gratuitous violence and sexual aggression against women that it was accused of normalising. However, it’s probable that much of the fuss had more to do with the game’s extensive use of full motion video (FMV) that enabled levels of realism largely unseen in video games up to that point.

The more things change, the more things stay the same – it’s been said of many things, but it certainly seems to apply strongly to the world of video games. Why not browse the complete range of new video game releases at G14mes today to discover the latest potentially controversial pioneers of their genres?

Make money by trading in your old games to G14mes!

It’s understandable that when you’ve built up a big games collection, you might be a little hesitant to give up any of them – even if there’s a chance to make money by selling them. After all, you never know when you’ll want to reach for that great game again.

The reality, though, is that games do differ a little from music CDs or vinyl records, in that you might not actually feel any compelling reason to return to playing a particular game regularly.

Sure, you might dabble in that much-loved game from years ago for old time’s sake. But if it’s only occasionally – rather than the constant play you’re still giving to your old Prince and Bowie records – why not trade in games to our friendly team here at G14mes?

After all, there are more than a few great reasons to do so

The obvious reason to trade in games is to make money. Sure, we won’t pretend that you’ll get rich just by selling your old games (unless you really do own a games collection as large as one of Sir Richard Branson’s islands). But those few quid you make from just a couple of old games could be more than enough to make that exciting new game affordable.

We’re specifically on the lookout for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games here at G14mes, which brings us onto another important point: these consoles have both been around for a while now, but are also yet to be replaced by Sony and Microsoft.

This means that all of those old games you bought alongside your console three or four years ago – but which you haven’t touched for a while – may still be worth enough to be well worth selling to an online store like ours. As soon as the successors to these consoles arrive, you may find it much harder to shift your old and unwanted PS4 and Xbox One games, so we would advise you to trade them in now.

Don’t trade in games to any other retailer

We’re proud to be able to offer competitive prices for old Xbox One and PS4 titles here at G14mes. What’s more, you can learn straight away how much you could make, simply by filling in and submitting the short request form on our website.

So, why not get sifting through your old games collection today, and see which ones would be best-appreciated in someone else’s hands? Trade in games to G14mes today, and you could soon have enough cash for your next big gaming purchase.

5 upcoming PlayStation 4 games that you won’t want to miss

The PlayStation 4 may have been a familiar fixture of British living rooms since 2013, but that doesn’t mean it’s in any way running out of steam. Indeed, 2018 promises to be another vintage year for the console, with the below new PS4 games all yet to come.

FIFA 19

The FIFA games have been a must-purchase for football fans since the early 1990s, and the latest looming iteration promises to be no different.

The UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup competitions will all be added to the game, while gameplay will be enhanced by such changes as the new ‘Active Touch System’ that affects how players are controlled on the field.

FIFA 19 is set for release on 28th September 2018.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The ‘Wild West’ has long been a source of inspiration for video game developers, and the Red Dead series of Western-themed action-adventure titles serves as a further demonstration of this.

This sequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption will be released on 26th October, and is set in 1899, when the ‘Old West’ age of outlaws and gunslingers was nearing its end. It follows the story of one such outlaw and member of the Van der Linde gang, Arthur Morgan.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

The Black Ops story arc that has already given us Call of Duty: World at War, Black Ops, Black Ops II and Black Ops III returns with its latest iteration on 12th October.

It’s one that no serious aficionado of multiplayer first-person shooters will want to miss. In fact, the game won’t have a traditional single-player campaign at all, although it will boast a new battle royale mode called Blackout, in addition to the familiar Multiplayer and Zombies modes.

Team Sonic Racing

You surely can’t call yourself a true games console fanatic if you don’t also indulge in a bit of kart racing action from time to time, and the latest instalment in this great tradition features no less than one of the most iconic video game characters of all time – Sonic the Hedgehog himself.

It won’t just be Sonic himself that you’ll be able to race as, however, given that 14 other characters from the legendary franchise’s cast will also feature. Meanwhile, the courses will be based on locations recognisable by long-time followers of Sonic’s world.

The game is presently tipped for a fourth-quarter 2018 release, and we just hope the reviews won’t be too prickly (sorry).

Marvel’s Spider-Man

There aren’t too many characters that are even less mistakable than Sonic, but Spider-Man might be one of them – and will be the subject of a new action-adventure game released on 7th September.

The game will feature an older and more experienced Spider-Man, with no direct connections to any existing comic book, video game or film to emerge from Marvel’s well-populated stable.

As for where you can purchase all of the most interesting new PS4 games for a great price, there’s simply no better place than our own online store here at G14mes. So why wait any longer to take a look around our present games selection?

Have you downloaded the free World Cup update for FIFA 18 yet?

It’s been quite the FIFA World Cup so far, hasn’t it? We’ve certainly had a fair few shocks already, ranging from the hosts’ 5-0 trouncing of Saudi Arabia on the tournament’s opening day, to the defending champions Germany losing to Mexico and Lionel Messi’s penalty miss for Argentina against Iceland. Nor have England had the easiest time of it, having to leave it late to clinch victory over the Tunisians thanks to ‘captain fantastic’, Harry Kane’s stoppage-time header.

We can’t exactly blame you, then, for wanting to get in on some of the competitive action yourself, beyond merely putting up flags in your windows or cheering on your team on TV.

Unfortunately, it’s a bit late to start a professional football career to attract the attention of your country’s national team manager for this World Cup. However, you do have the much cheaper and quicker option of picking up a copy of FIFA 18 for your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, right here at G14mes…

Why is FIFA 18 one of the top football simulation games right now?

FIFA 18 was released last September, as the latest instalment in the perennially popular FIFA series of games developed and published by Electronic Arts. As you might expect from the official FIFA game, it features all of the top players that you will be familiar with, not least Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who takes pride of place on the cover.

The game also uses the Frostbite game engine and Real Player Motion Technology, all of which helps to take you even closer to the feeling of actually playing ‘The Beautiful Game’ from the comfort of your sofa.

Such ingredients have enabled the game to attract rave reviews, not least from GameRevolution.com’s Paul Tamburro, who declared it “a true return to form that is undoubtedly one of the best FIFAs yet.”

But there’s a little something else that you ought to know…

As if the ‘standard’ FIFA 18 wasn’t enthralling enough, on 29th May, a free content update was issued to enable players to immerse themselves in the complete authentic experience of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. The teams, stadia and more are all accurately represented in this update, which even gives you the ability to build your dream international squad through the Ultimate Team mode.

Such updates are just one more reason to search the G14mes site for the latest FIFA Xbox One games, including FIFA 18, so that you can enjoy the most faithful emulation of this great sport – even when there isn’t a FIFA World Cup to get excited about.

The great debate: which is the best gaming console, the Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

Yes, yes, we’re aware it’s a timeworn question that you might now be pretty sick of even hearing. But here at G14mes, with E3 looming next week, we felt it was a good time to ask once more, which of these two venerable gaming consoles represents the best in its field.

Certainly, if you haven’t owned both of these consoles in the past and are considering acquiring one, it can seem at first inspection that there’s little to separate them.

That’s not quite true, though – as is evident from the below factors.

Appearance

The Xbox One hasn’t always won many admirers for its aesthetics, with its boxy exterior putting some observers in mind of an old VHS player. Its design has greatly improved since then, but there’s something about the PlayStation 4’s casing that just seems so effortlessly cool by comparison.

Controller

One can trace an aesthetic line from the current PlayStation 4 controller, right back to the one that came with the original PlayStation in the 1990s. Its look is therefore iconic to a certain extent, and it feels quite comfortable and weighty. However, we reckon it isn’t quite on a par with the Xbox One’s gamepad, which always feels just right.

Online

The online services accompanying the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – PS Plus and Xbox Live respectively – both give you free games each month as part of the subscription. However, PS Plus will cost you £10 more over a year, so – given the relatively little to distinguish these services otherwise – we’ll give the Xbox One the nod in this category.

Games

This is the factor that may well make or break your decision to go for one of these consoles over the other – and we have to say that as far as we’re concerned, the PlayStation 4 wins out here.

Not only did such Xbox One releases as Forza Motorsport 7, Gears of War 4 and Sea of Thieves all suffer from indifferent perceptions, but Sony has given us such great titles as Uncharted 4, Bloodborne and God of War.

PlayStation 4 releases on the way in the next year or so, meanwhile, include Spider-Man, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima. Xbox One players do have Crackdown 3 to look forward to, but there’s uncertainty as to whether it will actually arrive.

Whichever you prefer of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, there’s no question that these remain among the best gaming consoles on the market in 2018. Furthermore, when you’re seeking the best prices for consoles, games and accessories alike, you can’t hope for a better starting point than G14mes.

What’s All The Fuss About With Call of Duty: WWII?

Whether you’re a veteran of all things Call of Duty or have somehow managed to avoid playing any of the games in this iconic series over the past decade and a half, Call of Duty: WWII is a significant and much-admired addition to the legendary Activision franchise that you ought to know about.

But why should you be looking to pick up a copy of Call of Duty: WWII for Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

First of all… it takes the series back to its roots

The very first Call of Duty was released back in 2003, and simulated the infantry and combined arms warfare of World War II. Its immediate sequels were also set primarily in WWII, only for more recent titles – such as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – to use modern or even futuristic backdrops.

In fact, despite Call of Duty: WWII for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 being the 14th main instalment in the Call of Duty series, it is the first game in the series to be primarily set in WWII since 2008’s Call of Duty: World at War.

To an extent, then, Call of Duty: WWII represents a return to the series’ roots. The focus is on the European theatre, specifically a squad in the 1st Infantry Division, after its battles on the Western Front and largely during the historical events of Operation Overlord.

So, is the latest Call of Duty one that you need to have?

The short answer is yes. Since Call of Duty: WWII’s release in November 2017, the critics have been raving about such aspects as its WWII focus, story, visuals, multiplayer, Zombie mode and the combat support of squad members and return of the health bar in single-player.

Miguel Concepcion wrote for GameSpot, for example, that the series’ “long-awaited return to its World War II roots is not only a homecoming, but also a commemoration of the powerful bonds that form between brothers in arms.”

Meanwhile, Den of Geek’s Riyad Emeran said the game “definitely signals a return to form for the franchise, especially in terms of the single player campaign experience.”

The even better news is that whether you’re looking for Call of Duty: WWII for Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you can pick it up for a great price online right here at G14mes. So why wait any longer to immerse yourself in one of the most rewarding and stimulating Call of Duty titles for years?